Guest Blogger Lindsay Mitchell, a member of the Dexterity Consulting team, recently returned from SOCAP10. Here are some thoughts on her experience.
Impact investing. Social entrepreneurship. Social enterprise. Tactical Philanthropy. New Money. All buzz terms heard last week when I attended the Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP) in San Francisco, along with 1200 other like-minded individuals from all parts of the value chain, from social entrepreneur to investor. From what is usually seen as opposing perspectives - financial profit and social good - there came much hope, optimism and energy towards bringing these polar worlds closer together. Read more »
In the 1980's Wendy's ran a commercial with the slogan, "Where's the beef?" I was reminded of this as the debate about CEO compensation in the charitable sector is raising its head again. Read more »
Charity scams are alive and well in Canada. In 2003 the Chronicle of Philanthropy released a report that in North America over $1.28B is lossed due to fraud (and that is only the fraud that is caught!). This hit home this week when Ashley Kirilow was denied bail for her part in a cancery charity scam. Read more »
After the earthquake disaster that struck Haiti last week there has been a surge of giving via text message. When I was first presented with the idea to donate by text message I didn't quite know what to think, so many things ran through my mind - is it safe? How does it work?
Lately I have been invited to several third-party fundraisers for various organizations. It got me thinking about how well the hosts of these fundraisers know about the fundraising policies and the subsequent liabilities of the organization that they are hosting for. Read more »
It's been a while since I posted something about the Ethical Code of Fundraising. Attached to this blog post is a copy of Imagine Canada's Code and click here for how this information pertains to donors.
To date there are 180 organizations in Canada that subscribe to the code. Have the organizations that you support adopted this code or something like it?
There are over 161,000 non-profits and charities in Canada with less than 1% of them formerly adopting Imagine Canada's code what does this say about the sector? Or perhaps, what does it say about the role that Imagine Canada can play in strenthening the sector? Should adopting the code be linked to the two year participation fee? What role can donors play in encouraging their recipient organizations to adopt this code? How can we encourage organizations to promote other similar ethical standards?
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- Developing and implementing a crisis funding plan and coaching the organization's team through the process.
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