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"It’s all cloaked in philanthropy, but to date, nearly six billion dollars worth of these donations have been denied by Canada Revenue officials."
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More philanthropists are choosing to donate all of their foundations' assets within their lifetimes. Some mistakes they will need to avoid.
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New Sector Monitor released.

Charity leaders are optimistic about the future while expecting demand for their products and services to increase, according to Imagine Canada’s latest Sector Monitor report. Slightly fewer charities reported that they experienced difficulties and the percentage of organizations that predicted they’d be better able to deliver on their mission in one year increased. However, sector stakeholders should be on the lookout for emergent challenges and adaptive strategies related to increased demand.

The Sector Monitor is made possible through funding received from The Vancouver Foundation.
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Last month I had the pleasure of taking the Luma Institute Train the Trainers workshop where I got a chance to immerse in practicing  facilitation techniques based on human centered design principles.     The workshop instructor Peter Maher is founder and CEO, of Luma Institute, and a Jedi
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"Scharf, a professor of economics, said: “If donors are reluctant to pay fixed costs, and this is a situation that charities are faced with, then there is no guarantee that the most cost-effective charities are selected by donors and this leads to overall inefficiencies in the charity sector."
The way charities react to public concerns about spending money on their fixed costs could be fuelling an “innovation slowdown” in the voluntary sector. Speaking at the Fundraising Insights conference in London last week, Warwick University’s Kimberley Scharf told delegates that fixed costs “present no special challenges for the private sector”, where the need to incur them in a competitive business is well understood. But she said the “peculiar ...
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"...no matter how many leaders and organizations join an effort or how well thought-out and rigorous their plan, it is simply not possible to impose a strategy on a community. To be successful, they need to work with the community. But how do we ensure that the context of the community itself—its civic culture—is part of these efforts so as to ensure success?"
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People don't give their time, money, or voice to charitable "brands", "organisations", or "institutions". It is the cause they're inspired to support – be that transforming the wellbeing of other people, other species, or the precious world we all depend upon. By recognising that "people give to people", we tell ourselves as charities not to get in the way. Don't put ourselves before the cause. Try to be the catalyst and facilitator, the inspiration and means by which people can change the world.
Friends of the Earth's director of fundraising discusses how involving your community can transform your charity
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Congratulations to CanadaHelps for their $400 million in donations processed milestone!
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"The smaller the social enterprise the more opportunities for hands-on engagement, oversight of the day-to-day operations, and the more visibility and opportunities for input into the major decisions that guide the development of the organization. The larger the organization, the more strategic and big picture the role of the board with a strong emphasis on network development and collaboration."
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"A fifth of charity professionals say increasing media scrutiny of the sector is having a negative impact on their fundraising, according to the latest Managing in a Downturn survey published [in the UK] today."
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Our cause is Canada's charities and nonprofits.
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Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities and nonprofits. We strengthen the sector’s collective voice, serve as a forum and meeting place, and provide a supportive environment for organizations to build stronger communities.

Imagine Canada est un organisme qui promeut le rôle et la contribution des OSBL à la société canadienne. Il renforce la voix collective du secteur, agit comme forum et lieu de rencontre et crée un milieu propice dans lequel les organismes contribuent à bâtir des collectivités solides.