July August 2020

World Around Us

In the middle of March, to protect residents from COVID-19, Prince Edward Island closed all of its long-term care facilities to visitors. While this reduced the risk of potential infection, residents were affected by the lack of visits, experiencing loneliness and feeling disconnected. Kent Hudson, Executive Director of Community Foundation …

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July August 2020

Will Fundraisers Finally Give Up on Personalization?

By Stephen Shaw Mastering the practice of personalization can seem overwhelming for marketers, leaving them to wonder whether the cost and effort is worth the trouble. But giving up on the dream of one-to-one marketing would be a shame. When the era of Big Data dawned in the early 2000s …

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July August 2020

The Changing Art of Donor-Centred Fundraising

Donor-centred fundraising (DCF) is the dominant mode of thought and practice in the fundraising profession. But its core principles have been challenged by the rise of the new community-centric fundraising (CCF) movement — inspired by the ideas of American thought leader Vu Le — in what is becoming a clash …

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July August 2020

Seen, Heard & Noted

Workplace Rivalries Hold Steady Despite Pandemic; charities still on the agenda Though business teams continue to work remotely, a sense of workplace competition is still alive and well, new research from global staffing firm Robert Half shows. And that means charities may still be benefiting from in-house competition during fundraising …

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July August 2020

Raising Funds & Consciousness in 2020

By Tracy Howard Nneka Allen is an accomplished professional fundraiser, but to get an idea of the unique lens with which she views the role requires only a look at the profile summary on her LinkedIn page. Fundraiser is listed but it comes after the titles “Relationship-Builder/Stone-Catcher/Freedom-Fighter.” A sixth-generation Canadian …

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July August 2020

A Perspective of Privilege: Volunteer Engagement is a Non-Priority

By Joanne McKiernan The data confirms it — 2020 has changed our sector in almost every way. We’ve learned 35 percent of charities in Canada have seen a significant increase in demand due to COVID-19, while 2 in 3 have lost more than 30 percent of the revenue that allows …

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July August 2020

How to Create an Equitable Organization

by Joenita Paulrajan Having diversity in the ranks and working on making the organization more inclusive is a commendable first step. However, diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts do not automatically lead to an equitable organization. Creating pathways to make an organization equitable requires different approaches and processes. Take a look …

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COVID-19July August 2020

New Survey: The State of the Ontario Nonprofit Sector Three Months into the COVID-19 Crisis

The Ontario Nonfprofit Network and the Assemblée de la Francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) partnered on a bilingual survey to understand of the impact of the pandemic on Ontario’s 58,000 nonprofits and charities, and the effectiveness of the public policy and supports provided by the provincial and federal governments. It was …

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July August 2020

What’s Happened to Volunteerism?

By Malcolm Burrows “It is a very sad day for me when notable figures cannot donate time and energy to charitable causes they believe deserve support.” This indignant observation came from a letter to The Globe and Mail on July 18, 2020 in response to WE Charity scandal that engulfed …

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July August 2020

Volunteerism Within the Business of Benevolence

By Kathleen Provost As a professional fundraiser, I have always thought that volunteering was part of my responsibility. First, by volunteering, I can better understand the volunteers I need to work with in my profession. Experienced fundraisers know that a collaboration between staff and volunteer yield the best results when …

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