#CharityTuesday – re: charity Blog

Today we turn the #CharityTuesday proverbial table.

Instead of focusing on an audience of donors and the worthy causes to which they can give, we will instead focus on an audience of nonprofit professionals, and the dynamic resources that are available to them.

This idea came to me on Thanksgiving Monday as I read a post written by Brady Josephson of the re: charity blog, which happens to be our #CharityTuesday honouree this week!

Specifically, the post I was reading was entitled “Millennials Changing Philanthropy” and it focused on the philanthropic characteristics of those born in the years of 1980-2000. In particular, one shocking characteristic of these Millennials is that they are said to be transferred $30 trillion of wealth in the next 30 years.

(I had to write out the word “trillion” because, to be honest, I wasn’t sure how to represent that number numerically. Too. Many. Zeros.)

The best part about the re: charity blog, however, is not just a “fun fact” producing publication. No, rather the opposite. For example, the blog post I read offered insights into what to expect from Millennials in regards to giving trends, motivation for giving, and expectations for direct involvement in impacting change.

Truly, this blog and its writer are worthy of your time as a professional working in the charitable space. You will continue to be challenged, moved, and encouraged within your work after having read his posts. Consider starting with some of the following posts that we’ve personally enjoyed and were inspired by:

Best part about Brady and his posts – it’s free. If there is indeed a way for you to “give back” to the re: charity blog, it would be to follow, subscribe to, share, tweet, comment on, and like his posts so that your network, too, can benefit from keen and thoughtful insight into the charitable sector.


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!

#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!

#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 – 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 – Canadian Cancer Society

I am by nature a bit of a collector, not Ferraris or Yachts, but mementos of moments that have impacted me over the span of my days.

It is a collection that I keep in my office and is displayed on the shelves that line my wall, some are little while others stand out, but all have a deeper meaning as I look at them. My collection calls me back to a time spent with people that I cared about and an event in my life that was worth saving a piece of.

I have another collection as well, and unfortunately, I had to add to it again yesterday.  As I sat quietly in the church, we gathered to bury another friend of mine who was 49 years of age; a wonderful man who was full of life and love for his God, his wife, four beautiful kids, and an army of friends.

Over the past several years my collection of obituary clippings, bulletins, and prayer cards has started to swell. As I opened that box yesterday afternoon, and looked through the stack, I realized that cancer was responsible for ten of them. That’s ten in the past seventeen years; one is certainly too many, but ten is ridiculous!

The ten represent parents, grandparents, children, brothers, sisters, and friends from the youngest at 16 to the oldest at 84. It’s not a collection that I want, and yet I know there are more to come in the days ahead.

On this Charity Tuesday, I not only want to highlight the Canadian Cancer Society, but I want to thank this organization for the overwhelming mission they have purposed to fulfill – “the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer” (Our Mission, para. 1).

Please get involved with this Canadian charity by donating, volunteering, or participating in a fundraising event – like the organization’s “Relay for Life”.

I know I am among many who have lost loved ones to this awful disease of cancer. Please feel free to leave a story here in tribute of your own loved ones’ who’ve battled with cancer, whether they’ve won or lost.

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 – Prostate Cancer Canada

We’re jumping on the #CharityTuesday band-wagon!

We’ll use the popular CharityTuesday hashtag and Twitter recognition to highlight our Tuesday blog post on worthy Canadian charities that are close to our hearts!

Our inaugural post will highlight Prostate Cancer Canada in honour of my own father who battled with prostate cancer.

According to its website, Prostate Cancer Canada “is the only national foundation dedicated to the elimination of the disease through research, education support and awareness. [Its] goals are twofold – to support research to uncover better diagnostic and treatment options and to provide comprehensive support services for those living with prostate cancer.”

One of Prostate Cancer Canada’s upcoming campaigns is its Do It for Dads Walk Run, which is hosted on Father’s Day. This year, the walk run is on Sunday, June 15th, 2014.

If this is a cause that you’d personally like to become involved with, considering getting involved in this upcoming campaign by volunteering, donating, or retweeting this on #CharityTuesday!

Recruiting for a Change: Maximizing Creativity

Now more than ever, candidates engaging in the job search or recruitment process are expected to be creative.

There are likely a number of reasons why creativity is in such high demand. For one, it allows a candidate to stand out from the rest. No longer does having a bachelor degree or even a masters degree set you a part from others on the short-list. It’s likely even your experience is comparable to that of the other candidates in the process. Perhaps you hope your skills would prove to give you an edge, but you probably all have the typical 3-5 years of experience in something; a working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite; and have mastered punctuality. So, what’s the secret to standing out among the rest in a job search process?

Creativity. Read more

Why Charity Executives Should be Active on LinkedIn [INFOGRAPHIC]

You need to be on LinkedIn.

This is especially true if you’re a charity executive with any sort of fundraising responsibility.

Even if you have no intention of transitioning to a new role any time soon, LinkedIn can be one of your most powerful tools for networking and raising funds. After all, according to one of LinkedIn’s latest infographics, LinkedIn’s members are:

  • affluent, educated, and influential;
  • have an average US household income of $83,000;
  • have twice the buying power (and therefore giving power) of the average US consumer; and
  • are six times more likely to engage with content on LinkedIn rather than job activity.

Sounds like the perfect breeding ground for potential donors, doesn’t it?! Read more

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


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