COVID-19 is accelerating our move to digital — charities must act now to keep up

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A shift toward digital ways of working, delivering services, and fundraising has been a long-time coming in the social impact world. But social distancing has accelerated it — and organizations that aren’t prepared won’t be able to keep up, writes Marina Glogovac, President & CEO of CanadaHelps.

COVID-19 relief lessons from the fastest rapid response fund in the world

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Grantmakers, social finance organizations, and governments are gearing up to rapidly fund relief to social impact organizations. Future of Good asked the advice of Sean Lowrie, creator of the Start Fund: a global humanitarian response mechanism which disburses money in less than 72 hours. As we face this unprecedented crisis, how should funders create quicker mechanisms of disbursing capital?

Non-profit fundraising is uncertain in the face of COVID-19. These tips will keep you on track.

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In the midst of a lot of uncertainty in the non-profit world, dig into these practical insights from a leader in fundraising — Nejeed Kassam, founder of fast-growing fundraising platform Keela. If you’re looking to up your fundraising game in the coming weeks and months, these tips will be helpful.

How Well Does Canada’s Stimulus Package Support the Social Impact Sector?

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Canada has released a stimulus plan to help Canadians survive the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. But just how well does the economic response package address the needs of non-profits and the communities they serve?

How We Do It: The Seemingly Impossible Challenge of Building Software as a Charity

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CanadaHelps is celebrating their 20th year — today, over 20,000 charities in Canada rely on the technology they have built. But building software is expensive, and difficult to do on the budget available to a charitable organization. How do they do it?

Canada's first health social impact bond was a risk - did it pay off?

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Social impact bonds are a hot new tool in social finance. We spoke to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, which created Canada’s first health impact bond to reduce hypertension. The program has shown impressive results so far, but what lessons does it hold?

Riipen's massively successful crowdfunding campaign has one important lesson

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The power of crowdfunding is hard to ignore. Crowdfunding campaigns have raised $34 billion globally, and are on pace to raise nearly 10 times that within the next decade. We explore how non-profit organizations and social enterprises are using crowdfunding platforms to advance their causes.

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.