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What's next for crowdfunding?

Why It Matters

Today, crowdfunding funds everything from artistic projects on Kickstarter to community fundraisers. And now, social enterprises and non-profits are using this form of financing to avoid the hassles of venture capital or tedious grant applications. Crowdfunding is democratizing capital in new, exciting ways.

The growing tech philanthropy market: Here's what you need to know

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The tech industry is booming in Canada, and with industry growth comes new injection of philanthropic capital. In this series, we unpack how the tech sector is shaping a new philanthropic landscape, and why this emerging donor market is essential to understand.

The Inside Journey of Benevity, the Platform Democratizing Corporate Giving

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Welcome to our series, Launch Plan, featuring deep dives into the founding stories, journeys, and decisions behind game-changing organizations and projects shaping the world of doing good. We’re continuing our series today with Bryan de Lottinville, founder and CEO of Benevity.

Social Finance’s Pivotal Moment: Can Good Intentions Become Real Change?

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As social finance hits the mainstream, how much has really changed with how we use capital? With insight from international impact investing visionary Jed Emerson, we ask what it would take to bring purpose into investments at scale. This article is crafted in partnership with the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing in the lead up to the 2019 Social Finance Forum.

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4 Critical Changes Foundations Must Make To Thrive

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To meet today’s challenges, philanthropic foundations need to fundamentally change how they work. We spoke to foundation leaders to find out exactly how to make that change happen, by promoting diversity, being more transparent, and more. This article is crafted in partnership with Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC).

3 Radical Ideas From the Senate that Nonprofit Leaders Should Know

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The charitable and nonprofit space has been thirsty for innovation for a while — but long been limited by the governmental regulations and restrictions boxing it in. Three recommendations from the Senate Special Committee on the Charitable Sector, however, could change that. Centre for Social Innovation founder and CEO Tonya Surman weighs in.

Lessons Learned from Canada's Top Impact Investing Platform

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Impact investing and social finance aren't sustainable with government funding or philanthropic capital alone. There is a continued amount of work that the social change community across Canada needs to do to convene and convince mainstream private sector players of its value.

The Surprising Story Behind Canada's Declining Leadership in Foreign Aid

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The Pearson Commission’s breakthrough report on foreign aid, delivered in September of 1969, which set the global Official Development Assistance (ODA) target of 0.7%, was a Canadian-led innovation. 50 years later, experts weigh in on the significance of this target to Canada’s global leadership in the next decade.

Bitcoin Donations: An Easy Fundraising Win for Your Charity

Why It Matters

As non-profits consider their options for even better fundraising in 2020, the most savvy of organizations should look to adopting a bitcoin donation program. It’s easy to convince leadership, easy to implement, and will bring new donors — and their money — to the organization.

Are Product Donations Actually Philanthropic?

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No industry will be left unchanged by technology, including philanthropy. With titans like Google and Box providing ‘free accounts’ to charities and non-profits, how is modern-day giving evolving? In this series, we unpack how the tech sector's product donation trend is shaping a new philanthropic landscape, and why this is essential to understand.