How not to do holiday giving: “charity tourism” and old socks cost non-profits time and money

Why It Matters

Many people have the urge to help their fellow citizens over the winter holiday season. Thoughtful, well-informed donations can go a long way to assisting community serving organizations meet their clients’ needs, while unwanted items create a burden for service providers, however well intended.

Small charities see challenges intensify as revenues drop, demand climbs

Why It Matters

Seventy-eight per cent of Canadian charities are classified as small charities. They provide programs and services across all sectors, including those serving vulnerable populations, advocating for the climate and protecting animals.

The shadow side of the rise of big hospital foundation gifts: donation disparities, roller-coaster giving and donor influence

Why It Matters

If COVID taught us anything it’s this: we need our healthcare system. And yet, Ontario’s current funding policy for capital projects — rebuilding old ambulance bays, purchasing MRI machines, and building new wings — relies, in part, on philanthropy. Some experts say that this leaves the system vulnerable to health disparities.

NIMBYs. Funder hurdles. Now, rising inflation. Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society won’t give up

Why It Matters

Charities that run food banks and meals-on-wheels programs aren’t the only ones being hit hard by inflation. Organizations that build community infrastructure, like affordable housing or healing lodges are feeling the pinch too. Funders must close the gap created by inflation in order to realize much-needed community infrastructure projects.