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#CharityTuesday – Kutoa Foundation

We’re taking a different appraoch to #CharityTuesday in the weeks to come by focusing on a vital part of the charitable sector – foundations.

Recently, Imagine Canada and the Philanthropic Foundations Canada published a report entitled, “Assets and Giving Trends of Canada’s Grantmaking Foundations” which documents the impact foundations have the nonprofit and charitable sectors – an impact valued at $966 million annually.

Specifically on this #CharityTuesday we’re happy to introduce you to the foundation Kutoa.

Kutoa refers to its foundation as a movement – a means to mobilize people to do two very small yet significant things: 1) donate; and 2) vote on the project you wish to see funded.

The foundation, itself, was birthed out of the thought that wondered, “What if every person gave just $1 to this cause? What kind of impact would that make?” This “power of one” thought process is at the core of what Kutoa does for global charitable causes.

For example, according to its website:

When a lot of people are willing to give a little, a lot will get done. We’ve all heard of globalization, right? Kutoa is the globalization of hope.

It’s a movement that joins us all together, to help people from around the world. We are all connected by the desire to see that those who need it, get what they need. Kutoa does this by funding sustainable solutions. It provides the opportunity and obligation to contribute towards those in need.

Regardless of one’s age or ethnicity, political bent or theological slant, Kutoa believes that every person is of equal value and has an equal voice. Our goal is to foster an environment of awareness, increase generosity between people around the world, and fund organizations that do great work to help people. Our vision is to generate the largest donor base in the world; not for bragging rights, just because the more donors we have, the more people will be helped.

What we especially like about Kutoa is that is it allows anyone and everyone to participate, no matter the size of one’s donation. With this in mind, you don’t need to have the philanthropic wealth of Bill and Melinda Gates or Warren Buffet to make a real, tangible difference in the lives of other human beings through Kutoa.

Instead, you only need to embrace the “power of one” – one person with one dollar believing that “small change can produce big change” (Kutoa, 2014).


About #CharityTuesday: Each week, we’ll use the popular CharityTuesday hashtag and Twitter recognition to highlight our Tuesday blog post on Canadian charities that are close to our hearts!

Coffee the App

You know us, we rely on networking and are very intentional about engaging our network. It’s the core of who we are, really: “We make connections with exceptional people who have exceptional connections.”

Yep, that’s us alright.

What you may not know about us, is that we’ve been integrating social recruiting more intentionally too. It has become a means for us to add greater value to our network and  be more encompassing to the leadership and hiring needs of those we serve in the not-for-profit sector.

As you can imagine, when we stumbled upon the Coffee app, which is designed to “create a mobile community of hiring managers and job seekers” (Bernard, 2014), we were eager to try it out.

Coffee_ScreenshotQuite simply, Coffee connects job seekers with hiring managers or recruiters. It quite literally allows you to strike up a conversation with the people you’d like to work for or with folks you’d like to hire in the same way you’d strike up a conversation over a face-to-face coffee.

With this in mind, Nathan Bernard, Founder and CEO of Coffee says, “At Coffee we don’t believe that a job posting should represent a person. Instead, a person should represent a job posting. You’ll learn a lot more about a company by seeing, connecting and chatting with a real employee / hiring manager rather than just reading a boilerplate job posting . . . This sort of social recruiting is going to be huge.”

It’s new – like brand new – so if you’re going to notice it currently has limited exposure to executive nonprofit professionals, Canadians, and nonprofit organizations, but that’s why you should download the app and try it out! The more people who begin to use it, the more beneficial it will be to the overall userbase!

Our social recruiter tried Coffee out last week and ended up having a “coffee” with Nathan Bernard, himself!

Nathan was happy to receive our feedback about how the app could better encompass the charitable sector and those who work and hire in not-for-profit organizations. He assured us that tags to reflect nonprofit interests are in the works for version 2, as well as a web app for hiring, and a way to indicate on your swipe card that you are hiring.

So download it! Try it out! Strike up conversations! The more nonprofit Canadian talent that uses the app, the better it will be!

Read More:

Huff Post Tech:The Coolest Networking App You’ve Never Heard Of

Bostinno:BU Alums Create Coffee to Connect Yo-Pro Job Searches

LinkedIn: Millennial Job Search Gets a Cue from Tinder

Boston Globe: New App Makes Job-Hunting a Social Experience

#CharityTuesday – Breakfast for Learning

I made the joke in a Facebook status update last week that all three of my children went back to school on Tuesday.

Why is that funny?

Well, for starters, I only have two children. The third was a lovingly, playful reference about my wife, who is one of those life-long learners, and thus, also started a new semester as both teacher and student.

As soon as the academic year starts, all summer leisure is completely lost, and routines rebound back into our lives as if they never really took an eight week break.

One such routine attempts to get a fourteen year old daughter out the door, on time, with her “nails done, hair done, everything did”, and her school supplies strapped to her back, all while trying to ensure she eats something for breakfast.

We’ve settled on a fried egg – to go – that she eats in the car on the way to school. While it’s not much, it’s something, and better something in her tummy, than nothing.

With all of this in mind, let’s introduce today’s #CharityTuesday blog post focus; the charity Breakfast for Learning.

I love the Mission Statement for this charity:

“Breakfast for Learning is a national charity that educates, and empowers communities to deliver school based nutrition programs, helping children and youth realize their full potential in life.”

Clever, isn’t it?! “…their full potential in life.”

Seemingly, eating a nutritious breakfast every morning makes a dramatic difference in the lives of students not only from a physically “full” perspective, but also emotionally, socially, mentally, and academically.

According to the charity’s YouTube channel,

“31% of elementary students and 62% of secondary school students do not eat a nutritious breakfast before school? Research has shown that when children participate in a nutrition program their attendance, behaviour, attitude and mood improves.”

Consider the important work that Breakfast for Learning does in schools across Canada, and the overwhelming need that still exists to fund Breakfast for Learning programs in many other schools by watching this moving video.

How might you, your business, your social circle, or your neighbourhood collectively work together to support a worthy charity like Breakfast for Learning?


About #CharityTuesday: Each week, we’ll use the popular CharityTuesday hashtag and Twitter recognition to highlight our Tuesday blog post on Canadian charities that are close to our hearts!

#CharityTuesday – ALS Canada & #IceBucketChallenge

This #CharityTuesday post comes one day early.


Well, Paul Baltovich and Dana Baltovich nominated me for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and thus I only had 24 hours to make good on the nomination by both pouring a bucket of ice water over my head and donating to the cause as per the rules of the viral charitable exercise.

Honestly, though, our desire is not to highlight the #IceBucketChallenge, but instead to focus on the organization of ALS Canada – an organization whose good work is supported by the donations from the challenge.

According to its website, ALS Canada’s vision is simple, “To find a cure for ALS”. The organization is committed to:

  • Support research towards a cure for ALS.
  • Support provincial ALS societies in their provision of quality care for persons living with ALS.
  • Build public awareness of ALS and its impact.

As with many charitable organizations, there are many ways that you can get involved and support the organization through various fundraising events.

Turns out, that the Ice Bucket Challenge isn’t the only creative and daring fundraiser through which you can get involved either. Why not skydive in tandem for the cause with the Jumping 4 “PALS” (People with ALS) campaign?! Uh, let’s just not nominate me for this type of dare!

Oh. I almost forgot – see below for my video proving my fulfillment of the #IceBucketChallenge.

As per the rules of the challenge, I nominate three other Presidents of executive search firms in Toronto who serve the not-for-profit sectorMarnie Spears of KCI; Deborah Legrove of Crawford Connect; and of course, David Hutchinson of Hutchinson Group Inc. Would love to see your videos posted to #nfpsearchfirms if possible!



About #CharityTuesday: Each week, we’ll use the popular CharityTuesday hashtag and Twitter recognition to highlight our Tuesday blog post on Canadian charities that are close to our hearts!

#CharityTuesday – Dress for Success

Give away your clothes this week.

We’re not suggesting you head to work naked (as that would turn #CharityTuesday into #AwkwardWorkWeek), instead we’re suggesting the donation of your high quality, new, and nearly new professional clothing to a worthy cause.

What is that cause? Dress for Success – our most recent selection for the #CharityTuesday spotlight.

According to the Dress for Success Toronto  website:

The mission of Dress for Success Toronto is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

As executive recruiters in the not-for-profit sector in Toronto, we know first hand the importance a professional wardrobe is to making a great first impression with a potential employer, but also how important it is to a candidate’s feeling of confidence and self-worth.

Consider what might be hanging in your walk-in closet that could give another woman the confidence to walk-in to a potentially life-changing interview!


About #CharityTuesday: Each week, we’ll use the popular CharityTuesday hashtag and Twitter recognition to highlight our Tuesday blog post on Canadian charities that are close to our hearts!

#CharityTuesday – The Children’s Aid Society

Being charitable or charitably-minded does not necessarily mean you have to give financially.

Sometimes being charitable means giving of yourself.

I sometimes open a box I keep in my office – it’s filled with moments of a lifetime lived, and I look at a picture of me at about two years old in a backyard in Etobicoke with a large german shepherd.

It is the last picture of have of myself, before I was adopted and given what I now refer to as my “forever home”, yet it is a reminder of the selfless love that was shown by two amazing people for me and it is a picture that I cherish.

For some, giving of yourself, is all encompassing and it means embarking on the journey that my parents did so long ago now. While for others it’s the simple act of thinking about the needs that surround us daily and acting out of kindness to provide hope and the brightness of future to young lives that will be forever grateful.

Our #CharityTuesday blog post today highlights The Children’s Aid Society. While each region will have their own Children’s Aid Society to serve the needs of its local community, many of these organizations have similar charitable needs to which you can give.

If this is an organization that is close to your heart, how can you give of yourself?

Sure, they will accept your monetary donations, but can you give more? Would you volunteer by giving of your time and energy? Would you give wholly of yourself – your home, familial love, and life experience?

If so, explore the website of your local Children’s Aid Society to see how you can best give of yourself and make a difference for kids and youth in care.


About #CharityTuesday: Each week, we’ll use the popular CharityTuesday hashtag and Twitter recognition to highlight our Tuesday blog post on Canadian charities that are close to our hearts!

#CharityTuesday – Ronald McDonald House

Today’s #CharityTuesday blog post celebrates the work of Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada.

Any parent would tell you that when your child is sick – even if it is just with a cold or the flu – you want to be by their side at every moment to care for them and comfort them. Even more so do parents with children facing critical illnesses desire to be with their children.

Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada do just that; allow families to be together and to heal together during the hospitalization of a child and sibling.

Quoting the Ronald McDonald House Toronto website, “When families stay at our House they receive more than just a cozy place to sleep during their child’s stay or during treatment time at a nearby hospital. We also provide specialized programs and support services to help bring some joy and normalcy back into everyone’s lives.”

Ronald McDonald House takes a holistic approach to the treatment, care, and well-being of both the child with an illness and the family. For example, in addition to the Toronto House and its specialized programs and support services, Ronald McDonald House Toronto hosts:

A Family Room in various hospitals, which provides, “a welcoming environment for families to retreat, rest and heal better together within the hospital, while being just steps away from their seriously ill child.”

An RMH Toronto School, which opened, “In September 2003 . . . in response to an increase in long-term stays of families at the House. At the Ronald McDonald House Toronto School, seriously ill children and their siblings have the opportunity to attend class just like they do at home.”

You and your own family can support this charity in a number of ways including:

Consider how you can make your local Ronald McDonald House an initiative in which your family makes a charitable difference.


About #CharityTuesday: Each week, we’ll use the popular CharityTuesday hashtag and Twitter recognition to highlight our Tuesday blog post on Canadian charities that are close to our hearts!

#CharityTuesday – Hospice Palliative Care Ontario

“It’s time to talk about death and dying in Canada.” – Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO)

I couldn’t agree more.

Hospice palliative care has been a passion of mine for close to a decade now. While I have volunteered as a corporate fundraiser for the Hospice Association of Ontario in the past, my care for the cause is truly rooted in my own experiences with loved ones in their end-of-life care.

Most recently, I think of my wife’s grandmother who spent her last two weeks of life with cancer in a compassionate hospice in Brantford, ON. My wife recalls the warmth and genuine care both she and her grandmother received by the hospice staff and volunteers. Most important to her was that her grandmother was never in pain; was treated with dignity, respect, and love even beyond her last breath; and was memorialized in various small tributes available in the hospice itself.

My wife solemnly describes the beauty of the facility and atmosphere created by the volunteers as a “wonderful place to die”.

Not only was the hospice a relief and comfort for her grandmother, it was a safe and inviting place for her and her family to grieve the inevitable loss of a cherished and loved (and now, missed) grandmother.

What truly breaks our hearts right now, is knowing that the wonderful end-of-life care that our grandmother received is only accessible to 16-30% of other Canadians, according to HPCO.

If you are unfamiliar with hospice palliative care, it is simply described on the HPCO website as:

…aimed at relieving suffering and improving the quality of life for persons who are living with, or dying from, advanced illness or are bereaved.

Palliative care is a special kind of health care for individuals and families who are living with a life-limiting illness that is usually at an advanced stage. The goal of palliative care is to provide comfort and dignity for the person living with the illness as well as the best quality of life for both this person and his or her family. A “family” is whoever the person says his or her family is. It may include relatives, partners and friends.

An important objective of palliative care is relief of pain and other symptoms. Palliative care meets not only physical needs, but also psychological, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs of each person and family. Palliative care may be the main focus of care when a cure for the illness is no longer possible. Palliative care services help people in later life who are ill to live out their remaining time in comfort and dignity. (Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, About, para. 1-3).

While certainly monetary donations are needed and useful to hospices, this is yet another charitable opportunity where you can make a significant contribution without having to donate funds. Consider volunteering at your local hospice to make food, clean the facility, play music, do groundskeeping, or offer counselling services. Perhaps you can get involved in the greater Hospice Palliative Care Ontario association if you’re able to bring change to policy and government too.


About #CharityTuesday: Each week, we’ll use the popular CharityTuesday hashtag and Twitter recognition to highlight our Tuesday blog post on Canadian charities that are close to our hearts!

#CharityTuesday – Canadian Blood Services

Blood. It’s in you to give.

“Oh! I get it! Like blood is actually in your body so that you can give it! That’s what they mean!” proclaimed my fourteen year old daughter from the back seat of our car as she heard the familiar Canadian Blood Services announcement on the radio.

A conversation about giving blood started among our family. My son, was especially serious about considering being a blood donor. I encouraged him to consider this further since he is old enough to donate blood.

What I appreciate most about my son’s willingness to donate blood, is that it is a way he can be charitably-minded without having to donate financially.

Turns out there are a few ways that my teenagers can be charitably-minded with Canadian Blood Services without having to give financially including donating blood, becoming youth leadership volunteers who recruit new blood donors, volunteering at a blood clinic, or even helping coordinate an event at their high school through the Young Blood for Life initiative.

According to the Canadian Blood Services website, the Young Blood for Life initiative boasts that:

Last year over 35,000 teenagers donated blood at Canadian Blood Services donor clinics – these young donors represented almost 8% of all blood donors – that’s a pretty significant contribution! This year we’re challenging young donors to continue giving and to help recruit the new blood donors we need to keep pace with the demand for blood in Canada.

Enter Young Blood for Life, a recruitment program focused entirely on young Canadians. This program depends on student leaders in high schools across Canada to advocate for blood donation with their peers. Young Blood for Life challenges high schools to recruit students, teachers, their families and friends to donate at Canadian Blood Services clinics. Will your school save the most lives? (para. 1-2)

Giving blood regularly is a great way to personally ease yourself into a charitable mindset if you are unable to give financially but it is also a simple way to instill principles of giving into your kids.


About #CharityTuesday: Each week, we’ll use the popular CharityTuesday hashtag and Twitter recognition to highlight our Tuesday blog post on Canadian charities that are close to our hearts!

#CharityTuesday – Compassion Canada

Sometimes it is really easy to give to charity.

photoFor example, we received a small postcard in the mail from Compassion Canada congratulating us on our three year sponsorship of a child in Peru.

To be honest, it’s the easiest charitable giving that we do on an annual basis.

You see, our sponsorship is automatically withdrawn from our bank account each month, and until we get a letter in the mail from our sponsored child or the occasional additional fundraising material, we don’t even give much thought to our financial gift each month.

Instead, our sense of fulfillment in our involvement with Compassion Canada comes from the letters we exchange with our sponsored child, rather than the actual act of giving from a monetary perspective.

For the past three years, we’ve watched a boy turn into a teenager as we have read his stories of celebration, gratitude, joy, and challenge.

With this in mind, we hope that you’ll remember on this Charity Tuesday that being charitably-minded doesn’t mean that you have to always donate financially. Consider the ways in which you can donate your time, energy, ideas, creativity, and skills in order to contribute to the causes about which you are passionate!


About #CharityTuesday: Each week, we’ll use the popular CharityTuesday hashtag and Twitter recognition to highlight our Tuesday blog post on Canadian charities that are close to our hearts!


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