#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!

#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!

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