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 the … Continue reading The Scoop on Social Impact Bonds


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 necessarily … Continue reading WHAT’S NEXT for PHILANTHROPY

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 and … Continue reading Imagine Canada criticizes CBC Article

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)

Current Issue of The Philanthropist

Here are the current offerings from this important journal, featuring articles by Edmontonians Martin Garber-Conrad (Edmonton Community Foundation) and Bob Wyatt (Muttart Foundation) as well other excellent food for thought pieces.  Visit and bookmark and check out their past issues. Articles Overview from Canada: Modernising Charity Law Abstract PDF Bob Wyatt   "Oil and Water … Continue reading Current Issue of The Philanthropist


Writers on generational change suggest that younger people, being the first digital natives (meaning they grew up on the Internet) developed at an earlier age their view of making a difference and because of their exposure to and use of the Internet have a perspective on philanthropy that is global in nature. Organizations are showing … Continue reading Sprout

Non-Profits: pay attention to “crowdsourcing”

According to McMillan Dictionary, "Crowdsourcing is trying to find a way of completing a task, a solution to a problem, etc. by asking a wide range of people or organisations if they can help, typically by using the Internet." Crowdsourcing is the next evolution of "outsourcing." Whereas the latter speaks of sending work or functions … Continue reading Non-Profits: pay attention to “crowdsourcing”