We pulled up to the coffee shop just as the latest news about Haiti came on the radio. Normally, my daughter wouldn’t be listening. She’d be daydreaming, watching cars go by. But I stopped, held breathless by the story of a man waiting for medical help for one of his daughters. His other little girl was already dead.
My daughter has a strange attachment to things. It startles me whenever it rears its adorable (nothing she does is ugly) head.
Since my daughter was born, we’ve been both the recipients and givers of many clothes to and from many different homes. It’s a karma-based system whereby you may not be giving hand-me-downs to the same family you get them from.
It is generally understood that private foundations can give money to any project as long as that project is for charitable purposes. As this is fairly general the opportunities abound. Limitations arise when you start seeing yourself solely as a grant-maker. The focus of this post is on reassessing your assets as a private foundation.
Just a quick post to say congratulations to this years National Philanthropy Day honourees. The message that I got out of today's luncheon and the presentation is one of hope. As we are climbing (slowly) out of turbulent economic times it was amazing and very HOPEFUL to hear about ways that people were stepping up to the plate and supporting our communities.
Thank you to each and every person who donates time, money and other resources to making our world a better place to live.
On Dec. 8, 2008 I posted the following blog on being $5, $10 and $20 to death around holiday giving. This year it looks like there is a change in the air - perhaps it is the economy, perhaps it is that people are starting to re-evaluate what their needs v. wants are, or perhaps we, as a social system are exploring some of the deeper inter-connectedness that we have with each other. Whatever the motivations are, charitable giving is on the rise this holiday season.
How can you be prepared for the solicitations that will be coming your way over the next few weeks? Read more »
Happy International Day of Peace! It's fitting that I am writing about anonymous giving in this blog post, as we recognize peace today. The power that giving can have on global systems is huge. I believe that the effects of integrating community investing in overall social constructs plays a big part in how groups within society interact and manage their relationships. Read more »
I gave a presentation this morning to a group of wealth managers at a large investment firm in Calgary. It was a fairly informal conversation around what my services are and things were chugging along until I was asked, "What organizations are on your top list?" Read more »
In a recent blog post, Charity Navigator highlights the Top 10 Best Practises of Savvy Donors. This post is directed at the American donor, but the basic premise can be applied to anyone who makes charitable investments.
For more information and resources on making charitable investments click here.