October 31, 2019

The 16th Annual 2020 Calgary International Blues Festival

  From July 27 – August 2, 2020, the Calgary Blues Music Association presents the 16th Annual Calgary International Blues Festival, a full week of the best in blues in a variety of downtown settings and formats, including workshops, noon-hour live music performances, blues history panels, and more. The week culminates in 4 days & […]

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September 26, 2019

Why should value based management be important to nonprofits?

    If businesses have embraced a “value based”approach to managing since it is imperative to make decisions that enhance and improve value for all stakeholders, than why can’t nonprofits too? 1. Generating a return for investors is important but what about a return for supporters for nonprofits? 2. If employees need to be empowered […]

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August 20, 2019

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 and/or organization choose one charity, and someone else (and/or organization) support something completely different? I believe that whenever anyone donates to specific cause, they’re […]

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July 31, 2019

Benchmarking and cost per dollar raised

A difficult question, and often calculated in a variety of ways. Benchmarking between organizations is not standard so costs per dollar raised can vary widely depending on interpretation and exclusion/inclusion of such things as facilities costs, the percentage of the CEO’s salary that would be related to fundraising, and many other items. Benchmarking is often […]

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June 30, 2019

PATRONS • DONORS • SPONSORS

                              Investing in STEM education is critical for the future of our youth and the Canadian economy. The term STEM originates from a UNESCO initiative that recognized the need to utilize human ingenuity and talents to help solve the tough global […]

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May 31, 2019

Fundraising Ideas

I often asked the question, “what nonprofit fundraiser would be the best to raise the most money?” Nonprofit fundraising ideas come in all shapes and sizes. For many organizations, raising a regular amount of money is vital to keep going. Coming up with novel fundraisers not only helps to bring in much needed cash but […]

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April 30, 2019

BEING KIND IS COOL

Motivational Kind Quotes • “Love and kindness are never wasted. … • “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” – … • “You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.” – … • “Kindness can become its own motive. … • “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened […]

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March 6, 2019

STEPS OFF THE STREET 2019 RUN OR WALK

YOU CAN MAKE CHANGE POSSIBLE Sunday April 14 @ 10 AM (registration begins at 9am) Eau Claire Running Room: 200 Barclay Parade SW, Market Unit A01, Calgary, AB T2P 4R5 Two Distances: 3k or 5k Runners and Walkers welcome for both distances The Doorway is a nonprofit, NGO, social project aimed at Making Change Possible […]

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February 13, 2019

Do you know about the great work that “The Doorway” is doing in Calgary?

2019 is off to a great start for me and my business, as I have just begun an amazing new adventure with Marilyn Dyck, Executive Director, and her team at The Doorway. Through my new role in Community & Resource Development there, I will establish and strengthen relationships with donors, employers, and the community, to […]

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January 16, 2019

Need some help finding sponsors and/or donors for your upcoming golf tournaments or other events for 2019?

With golf season and other outdoor events beginning over the next few months, I would like to share some information with you regarding the difference between a sponsor, donor, and gift in Kind, as some nonprofit organizations I have met with still require some clarity around this. Sponsorship –Where a business gives cash or other […]

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