November 15, 2017

Trademarks

Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind: inventions; literary and artistic works; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. Intellectual property is divided into two categories: Industrial Property includes patents for inventions, trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications. A trademark is a symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as […]

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October 11, 2017

Transparency

If you Google transparency you get such synonyms as: translucency, limpidity, clearness, clarity, openness, accountability, straightforwardness and candor. Transparency is certainly a top consideration when deciding which charity to support. Familiarity also comes into play. Those very familiar with charities have more positive views such as the belief that these charities are important and have […]

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September 14, 2017

Unrestricted Funds

Donors to a nonprofit organization may designate or “restrict” the use of their donations to a particular purpose or project. An example is a gift to a special scholarship fund at a university. “Unrestricted Funds” are donations the nonprofit may use for any purpose. I mentioned this fundraising opportunity in a Blog several months ago, […]

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August 16, 2017

Leaving A Legacy

The dictionary would define Legacy as a gift or a bequest, that is handed down, endowed or conveyed from one person to another. It is something descendible one comes into possession of that is transmitted, inherited or received from a predecessor. The idea of leaving a legacy is the need or the desire to be […]

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July 12, 2017

Canada’s Charities Deserve Better

I recently re-read an article I saw years ago by Brad Offman, Managing Partner at Spire Philanthropy in Ontario, that I thought was worthwhile sharing; so I reached out to Brad and asked him if it would be okay if I shared this information in my monthly Blog. Thanks Brad for agreeing to this. Brad […]

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June 19, 2017

The importance of community events

Spring is here and so is the event fundraising season! Events that raise money for causes and nonprofits can take many forms from 5k runs and walk-a-thons to endurance bike rides. In recent years, nonprofits have expanded these activities to include mud runs, polar plunges, even head-shaving! But just like any large undertaking, planning a […]

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May 11, 2017

The importance of volunteering

Recently my partner Sharon and I volunteered for a neat nonprofit, Food for Peace, at Ronald McDonald House. Food For Peace describes themselves as a group of volunteers that enjoy bringing FREE healthy, environmentally friendly meals to the masses to enjoy, educate and improve their strength of community, recognizing everybody’s right to clean, healthy, sustainable, […]

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April 21, 2017

Pain & Suffering

I went to a friend’s son’s funeral yesterday. His son passed away at the young age of 25 years. It’s very sad, as well as the pain and suffering he and the whole family have endured with struggling with his addictions. I know both the Fresh Start Recovery Centre and the Canadian Mental Health Association […]

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March 7, 2017

Fundraising Opportunity

For some time, I have been researching various fundraising opportunities to assist nonprofits with ways to increase their cash flow and increase donations and corporate support in ways that provide hassle free and sustainable revenue that flows to nonprofits monthly. Not an easy task at the best of times, but during this economic downturn even […]

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February 16, 2017

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

It is hard to believe that Canada is turning 150 years old! The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th will activate a breathtaking array of initiatives and activities that will bring out the best Canada has to offer for the sesquicentennial. The Fund will provide communities with thousands of small grants to support local projects, distributed […]

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