#CharityTuesday – President’s Choice Children’s Charity

In the spirit of #CharityTuesday we take time to admire the support that the President’s Choice Children’s Charity provides, not only for worthy nonprofits, but also for individual families.

First, consider the motto of President’s Choice Children’s Charity, which is “Helping kids do anything”.

With this in mind, it certainly makes sense that President’s Choice Children’s Charity would support one of our favourite causes – children’s nutrition programs. Through both Breakfast for Learning and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, President’s Choice Children’s Charity is able to provide grants for nutrition programs.

The work that this charity does that really tugs at our heart strings, however, is supporting families with children who have been diagnosed with a disability.

According to its website, President’s Choice Children’s Charity: “receive[s] applications from families whose children have been diagnosed with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and various developmental delays.”

Once again, this charity makes it easy to see how even the smallest gift can make the biggest difference in the life of a child. For example, according to its website on ‘How You Can Help”:

  • $2 helps a child to eat a healthy breakfast
  • $50 helps pay for one hour of speech therapy
  • $100 helps pay for specialized equipment
  • $200 helps pay for a week of camp

Best part is, you can easily get others involved in the cause by hosting an event of your own that will raise funds for the charity! Whether it’s a paintball challenge, a 5K run, a cook-off, or a hockey league, you can find creative ways to make giving a fun even that engages your friends, family, network, and community!

Consider how you or your business could make a tangible impact in the life of a child through President Choice Children’s Charity!

 

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 – Durham Community Foundation

Living in the GTA means having access to a very large hub of charitable and nonprofit organizations.

It would be easy to focus on some of the larger nonprofits based in the metropolis, however, being mindful of the needs on one’s own community is a core value for us.

In our community, which is part of the Durham Region, there are many worthy not-for-profits doing important work. Thankfully, there is support for these organizations through the social good the Durham Community Foundation provides.

According to its website, the Durham Community Foundation “builds community through investments, leadership, and philanthropy.”

Truly it is building community.

For example, folks in the community looking to leave a personal legacy or to memoralize a family member, can set up a fund that can benefit a local cause. While the deadline for submitting a grant proposal was just last week, this organization accepts proposals from nonprofit organizations on an annual basis and varies its focus to be all encompassing to Durham’s charities.

Additionally, Durham Community Foundation grows and supports leadership through events such as its upcoming Philanthropy Forum, which is entitled “Be Inspired!” 

This forum, hosted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, will host leaders from Durham Region’s local nonprofits with the intention “to help charities come together, to learn, network and share experiences so that they could return to their workplace empowered with new knowledge and tools that would help them work smarter and achieve sustainability.”

Lastly, the foundation build philanthropy in the community, and not just through the legacy funds it sets up for those in the community to give year over year to worthy causes. It also promotes active philanthropy, through initiatives such as its upcoming “Random Act of Kindness Day”.

This philanthropic initiative purposes to:

  • To build a more caring community
  • To encourage the ‘pay it forward’ philosophy
  • To celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day® as a FUNraiser, not a fundraiser

While indeed foundations have the ability to contribute to the charitable space from a monetary perspective, some foundations such as the Durham Community Foundation are much more encompassing and provide much needed support to its surrounding community in a variety of ways.

Why not get involved in the foundation yourself? Could you or your company celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day together or sponsor an event? Might you be able to create a fund which will continue to give year to year to good work in the community? Consider how you could creatively support the foundation of your community to help leave a legacy.

 

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!

Leaving a Legacy, Not a Mess Series: Lowering the Overhead

The conversation surrounding best practices within the not-for-profit sector, particularly concerning the use of funds for compensation, overhead, and distribution to charity recipients continues to be debated.

Enter Dan Pallotta – a man who could very well be the poster child for our blog series Leaving a Legacy, Not a Mess. In his TED Talk video entitled, The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong, Pallotta “calls out the doubled standard that drives our broken relationship to charities”. Pallotta’s legacy itself could very well be summed up in his own words:

Our generation does not want its epitaph to read: “We kept charity overhead low.” Read more

Strategic Marketing through Corporate Philanthropy

When I look to name exceptional Canadians, Brett Wilson always comes to mind.

I was first introduced to Brett Wilson on the show Dragon’s Den, in which he sits as one of the five Canadian venture capitalists or “dragons” to whom entrepreneurs may pitch their business or product concepts in hopes of securing a financial partnership of sorts.

What sets Brett Wilson apart from the other dragons is his obvious philanthropic character which seemingly guides his decisions when participating on the show. In fact, my wife can predict when Wilson will make an offer to an entrepreneur because he tends to invest in businesses that improve the quality of both human lives and the environment in some form or another. Often times, he’ll invest in a business despite the fact that he and the other dragons know that it won’t produce a significant profit or even a profit at all in the long run. Read more

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