January February 2022

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MAGAWA – A hero is laid to rest

It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that HeroRAT Magawa passed away peacefully this weekend. Magawa was in good health and spent most of last week playing with his usual enthusiasm, but towards the weekend he started to slow down, napping more and showing less …

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January February 2022

How Oxfam Goes Beyond Charity

By Jennifer Alldred and John Young Sofereti and Mkulila work at a solar-powered peanut butter cooperative, a food security project supported by Oxfam in Lilongwe, Malawi. At Oxfam, we know charity isn’t enough. Delivering food and essential supplies is critical and indeed lifesaving. But we know that to end poverty …

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January February 2022

Seen, Heard & Noted

How does the world get to the point where a survey finds one third of students in North American question whether the Holocaust actually happened? That’s what a survey of 3,600 North American students revealed, demonstrating a shortcoming in Holocaust education. The survey found that social media is a significant …

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January February 2022

In Case You Missed It: The Public Inquiry Final Report

Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns By Steve Allan, Commissioner The report confirms the existence of well-funded foreign interests that have been waging a decade-long campaign of misinformation with the goal of landlocking Alberta’s oil and gas. The inquiry used freelance writer and researcher Vivian Krause’s materials as a foundation, or starting point …

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January February 2022

Too Many Charities?

By Malcolm Burrows Does Canada have too many registered charities chasing too few dollars? This is a complaint that is often heard.  There is simply too much competition and not enough entities with scale that are effective. Or so goes the narrative. I think it’s the wrong question to ask. …

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January February 2022

The Great Awakening: After the Storm

By Kathleen Provost, CFRE As a professional fundraiser, I always try to look at life with a “glass half-full” perspective; but I remain tentative as to what is next after this world pandemic — after this “storm”. In an attempt to keep a positive outlook on our profession and our …

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January February 2022

Turning Our Reasons into Actions

By Sarah Chamberlin Two years into a pandemic that some hoped would only last two months has left many of us are tired, annoyed, and understandably angered. Though, what I’ve noticed most is that we’re stubbornly resilient as well. We’re also experts at enduring and, as a result, the mental …

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January February 2022

Maximize Your Footprint: Becoming an Entrepreneurial Philanthropist

By Mark Halpern, CFP, TEP, MFA-P I’ve written before about “Accidental Philanthropists™” — people who discover, through working with us, that they can choose to leave less of their hard-earned money to the tax department and more of their legacy to their families and the charities they care about. This …

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January February 2022

The Holiday Fundraising Mailer 2021

Foundation Magazine spoke with Brea Blight, Development Officer, Annual Giving and Communications for the Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health. This year’s campaign was examined and explored. Here’s the conversation. Is this campaign part of your annual fundraising strategy? Yes, like the majority of charitable organizations our big direct mail …

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January February 2022

What It Means to Turn Caring into Lifelong Action

By Michael Brooke The desire of Michelle Francis to do philanthropic work is rooted in her earliest childhood memories. “I was the youngest daughter of four and the first to be born in Canada,” she recalls. “From the time I can remember, I was my dad’s shadow.” Michelle says her …

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