Category: Process of Fundraising

June 15, 2016

How to hire the “right” professional fundraiser for your project:

Here are a few points worth thinking about before a nonprofit hires a professional fundraiser for a project with which they require support. These points are worth considering regardless of the type of fundraising project i.e. special event, annual or capital campaign, researching & grant writing, or finding donors and/or sponsors for your programs and […]

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May 11, 2016

Impact Giving

On April 26, 2016 I had the privilege of attending a seminar put on by Mike Skrypnek for Operation Eyesight on income tax and estate tax reduction. Mike is an author of three books on business and philanthropy, including his most recent “Big Impact Giving”, and is an expert in guiding families in their personal […]

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April 15, 2016

Get out there!

You might be wondering who starts a Blog post with this type of energy – “Get out there!”? These words come to my mind when I think about my move to Toronto in the mid-80’s when the economy was pretty tough in Alberta and I was working for a large real estate company there. A […]

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March 16, 2016

Let’s trust we can all personally help make a difference

It is easy to get down in the mouth about the state of the world, as sometimes it seems like things are coming at us fast and furious and not all good. Sometimes I feel the world is more bad than good, (and I am a very optimistic person), but it is people like my […]

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February 17, 2016

Creating win-win relationships between individuals, businesses and nonprofits

There are a lot of loyalty cards out there to get deals/free merchandise i.e. Air Miles, gas cards, credit cards, etc. but if you don’t take advantage of them you are kind of throwing away some free money. I feel the same way about some of the ways to give to nonprofits. If there is […]

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January 6, 2016

A feel good story and the power of fundraising

I don’t know about you, but many people including myself genuinely like a feel good story. I had some time over the holidays to watch some movies, compliments to Netflix, and I came by one that I had never heard of before which was a real great surprise. The movie is called “Louder than Words”, […]

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November 18, 2015

Rave Results 5th Anniversary of business

I know this is really a cliché, but time really does fly. One reaches so many milestones in life. Besides ones that your Mom may remember better than you, like losing your first tooth, speaking and/or walking for the first time, some of the milestones that I remember most vividly are graduating High School, then […]

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October 21, 2015

We’re going Topless

On Thursday November 19, 2015 the Epilepsy Association of Calgary will be ‘taking it off’ at their 8th annual, “Bare Naked Noggins Head Shave – Razing Awareness for Epilepsy” at Bankers Hall in the main atrium from noon to 1pm. Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures. Seizures can take many forms, from […]

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June 17, 2015

Fundraising & Expense Ratios and Best Practices

Fundraising is any activity that includes a solicitation of present or future donations of cash or gifts in kind or the sale of goods or services to raise funds, whether explicit or implied. Fundraising expense ratios A charity’s fundraising ratio can serve as a self-assessment tool to see whether the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is […]

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March 11, 2015

WHY DO PEOPLE GIVE?

  Do you ever wonder why some people give to one cause over another? Being a professional fundraiser, I think about this almost every day of my life. Why would one person choose one charity, and someone else support something completely different? I believe that whenever someone donates to specific cause, they’re buying a story- […]

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