May/June 2021 Issue

Nonprofit Boards Emerging Stronger Post-Pandemic

In the Spring of 2020, as we were managing the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis, Volunteer Canada’s blog identified key information on the Board’s role in a crisis and questions around risk management. As we move from crisis management to recovery, both in the short and long term, there …

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May/June 2021 Issue

Mina Benson Hubbard Ellis (1870-1956)

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography and one of the oldest non profits in the world. Because they advance geography and support geographers across the world, one of Canada’s most unusual and ambitious explorers came to …

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May/June 2021 Issue

How Nonprofit Capacity-Building Can Eliminate ‘Philanthropy Deserts’

By Sevetri Wilson The nonprofit sector has always been a vital pillar of support for communities around the country, and its role continues to deepen as we emerge from COVID-19. In many cases, nonprofits are responsible for the provision of basic services — healthcare, education, and the delivery of essentials …

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May/June 2021 Issue

Acting On Purpose

By Stephen Shaw Coming out of this pandemic the time has come for every company to take stock of the role it plays in the world and define its true social purpose. But that job cannot be left to marketing alone — it demands a top down commitment to a …

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May/June 2021 Issue

Fundraising for the Future

Shanan Spencer-Brown, executive director of the Telus Friendly Future Foundation, on her career, this past year and what post-pandemic fundraising may look like By Tracy Howard Taking the reins of a recently established, multimillion-dollar charitable foundation connected to one of Canada’s major telecommunications companies is a challenging proposition at any …

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May/June 2021 Issue

Diversifying Diversity

Women Well Represented in Nonprofit Sector, But What About Intersectionality?: Part Two By Tanya Hannah Rumble, CFRE and Mariya Yurokova, MBA, CFRE In March, we introduced you to four nonprofit leaders who courageously opened up about their experiences as leaders with visible identities. In this issue, we present four more …

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May/June 2021 Issue

Fundraising In Challenging Times

By Mark Halpern, CFP, TEP, MFA-P Raising money during a pandemic requires tenacity, skill, and a measure of luck. But it can be done. Canadians are very charitable people, and our government has inspired more giving by introducing 29 pieces of charity-friendly legislation since 1995. During pre-COVID times (the olden …

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May/June 2021 Issue

The Power of Sponsors & Supporters

By Sarah Chamberlin At the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), we’re driven by a belief that Mental Health is Health and aspire to have mental health positioned at the centre of health care. Thankfully, our sponsors and supporters are driven by this purpose as well. With the level …

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May/June 2021 Issue

The True Profession of Fundraising

By Kathleen Provost As a professional fundraiser, I have always been fascinated by my own profession, and wondered how is it that Fundraising can offer me so much potential to learn and evolve within my profession. In an attempt to better understand the profession of Fundraising, I turned my attention …

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May/June 2021 Issue

Increase the Disbursement Quota

By Malcolm Burrows The 2021 Federal Budget announced the Government’s intentions to launch a consultation with charities about “potentially increasing the disbursement quota…beginning in 2022.” This consultation has garnered a mixed reaction from the charitable sector, but there are numerous reasons why the time is right to review the current …

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