Archive for November 2013

What’s the Evidence? Environmental Charities & Advocacy

In early 2012, we heard a lot of rumblings about political or advocacy by charities from certain commentators and even our own federal government. The CRA was given additional funds to monitor and audit improper activity by charities. There was a definite chill in the air and the whiff of something perhaps not quite proper, especially to those less familiar with the organizations in question.

We have some research presented here that puts much of this speculation in perspective. What are your thoughts? Click here to see the presentation, Environmental Charities and Advocacy Research Presentation by Sarah May.



Indigenous Philanthropy


Indigenous Philanthropy may be the next big wave.

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How old are your donors?

This week I was privileged to speak with at least one out of every 10 attendees at the AFP Congress at our booth for I also sat in on Judith Nichol’s  session on Diversifying Your Donor Base.

Some interesting insights from both included the following:

  • Most of our donors are aged 50 and higher.
  • Gen Xers were the first generation to put animal charities first.
  • Alumni from 1990 and later are not giving to their alma maters.
  • Millennials are the first generation to be comfortable asking their peers to donate.
Who would like to attend a workshop/webinar on generational diversity in giving?

How to Choose the Right Foundation Directory for Your Shop

UPDATE: This webinar has been rescheduled to Feb 20

Has the sales rep called? Did you schedule the tour?

There are a few good choices for Foundation Directories in Canada… but how to choose?

The questions you need to ask must certainly address the capacity, functionality and yes..price of a given option. However, the most important questions you may need to ask are those about your own organization.

My webinar on January 23 February 20 will address the dilemma we face when making an informed and intelligent purchase. Which is the right choice? Register Now

Why do we do so many special events?

Everyone loves a party! I have been convinced that this is at least some of the reason why charities seem to organize so many fetes, galas, dinners, shows, golf games etc. etc.

If they are so much fun, why do we complain about them so much?

In years of listening to what was bugging development staff, the complaint of having to organize too many events was surely at or near the top of the list.

Perhaps it is because those that propose them are not the same folk who must do the work.

However, if we were convinced that they made good fundraising sense, I really think that there would be less frustration.

I have been volunteering recently for a small largely volunteer run organization that is churning out event after event with sadly small profits. They do not know what else to do.

That is why I invited Linda Lysakowski to present the 12 Step Cure for Event Addiction. There has to be a better way!

Linda has been advising and working with organizations for many years and she has just about seen it all.

We have a new date for this webinar which is November 14, 2013 at 10 am Pacific Time.

You can register at Register Now.

Let’s make our events work for us as the community building, lead generation and great marketing buzz that they are.

I hope to see many of you online on November 14!