About Crowd Funding

Posting #2 in a series on Resource Development See # 1, Five Elements of Strategic Resource Development First, a definition from the Oxford Dictionary: Crowdfunding (a form of crowdsourcing) is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, today often performed via Internet-mediated registries, butContinue reading “About Crowd Funding”

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Five Elements of Strategic Resource Development

Posting #1 in a series on Resource Development It’s tough out there for non-profits and social causes when it comes to raising money, especially money for core operations and services. All of the seed grants, innovation grants, or target specific project grants are fine and dandy, but the growth in sustainable funding is not growing,Continue reading “Five Elements of Strategic Resource Development”

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Why Speak Ill of Charity?

It’s sad. There are too many people who speak ill of charities. Some making sweeping accusations or conclusions without any real evidence or understanding. Some prefer to focus on the mistakes charities make (and of course they make some) rather than the good they deliver, There are some who think the continuation of social problemsContinue reading “Why Speak Ill of Charity?”

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Mega-Charities: the 100 Largest Charities in Canada

I am working on a major paper currently entitled, Mega-Charities and All the Rest: Money, Power, Folk Lore, and Transformation. It will include research and data about the revenue sources of charities in Canada and, drawing upon CRA data will provide a comprehensive look at all the ways charities fund raise. The paper will include revenueContinue reading “Mega-Charities: the 100 Largest Charities in Canada”

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Heretical Propositions: Toward Democratic Philanthropy (Part Two)

(CONTINUED…  If you missed Part One in this series, you can find it here.) It is well documented that those countries where the Income Gap between the wealthiest and poorest citizens tend to have a higher degree of crime, incarceration, mental illness, and health problems. Both the United States and Canada have wide gaps betweenContinue reading “Heretical Propositions: Toward Democratic Philanthropy (Part Two)”

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Heretical Propositions: Toward Democratic Philanthropy (Part One)

 This is the first installment of a series from a long essay I am writing about philanthropy or more specifically about the need for a major, if not radical shift, toward democratic philanthropy. The essay will be included in a book of exposition and criticism I am writing, currently entitled “Heretical Propositions.” Money can mean a lot of thingsContinue reading “Heretical Propositions: Toward Democratic Philanthropy (Part One)”

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Let’s Play Pretend

Let’s play pretend. Pretend you run a business that sells widgets that are critical to a buyer. The price of each widget is $1000.00 and the buyer needs 100 of them. That’s $100,000. Now let’s pretend the cost of each widget (materials, labour, reasonable marketing costs, equipment maintenance, transportation costs, etc.) makes up 80% ofContinue reading “Let’s Play Pretend”

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The Scoop on Social Impact Bonds

I just came from an excellent meeting with local colleagues who lead some of the best known non profits in town.  We were talking about a number of things, but one topic was the emergence of social impact bonds (SIBs) as another method of financing social/health programs. Social Impact Bonds are very new and theContinue reading “The Scoop on Social Impact Bonds”

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WHAT’S NEXT for PHILANTHROPY

Taken from WHAT’S NEXT for PHILANTHROPY, Monitor Institute Download Report “As innovation theorist Bhaskar Chakrovorti explains in The Slow Pace of Fast Change, ‘The players in various networked markets appear to be prisoners of their own individualism. The problem is that the decisions that make sense at the individual or institutional level are not necessarilyContinue reading “WHAT’S NEXT for PHILANTHROPY”

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Imagine Canada criticizes CBC Article

The other day the CBC published an article on third party fundraisers, and in my opinion failed to provide a measured and balanced piece. The article leaves one with the impression that the use of expensive, if not over-priced, third party fundraisers is a common occurrence. It isn’t. Imagine Canada responded to the article andContinue reading “Imagine Canada criticizes CBC Article”

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Fundraising Innovations (but so much more than that)

I spend a fair amount of my “free” time looking into trends that are and will be impacting the nonprofit sector. The kind of trends I am interested in go beyond what we gather from traditional sources like Stats Canada and Imagine Canada (both of which I hold in very high regard by the way).Continue reading “Fundraising Innovations (but so much more than that)”

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