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  • A Funder's Perspective on Grant Applications: First West Foundation Q&A | Imagine Canada
    that do have a banking relationship or some other connection with the credit union for example if credit union staff volunteer for them or if there is an advocate from within the credit union they get a few bonus points for that Charities that haven t received funding from us in the previous two years get preference because our board has requested that we try to broadcast our funding among as many charities as possible in our communities Then we put together a recommendation in terms of the grant distribution which goes to a grants committee for that endowment They re the first set of eyes that review the request Then once they re comfortable with the recommendation it then goes to the board Since we have several different review stages it does take us a couple of months after the deadline before we can let charities know the status of their application Last year we had 91 applications from organizations invited to submit a proposal and we funded 39 What are the mains reasons that applications get declined One of the primary reasons applications get declined is that the project impact is weak compared to other applications We make that caveat in comparison to other applications because it all depends on what we receive in a given year We are comparing applications to each other not just to this nebulous idea of the ideal community impact Another reason applications are declined is that charities don t answer questions clearly When it comes to us evaluating the application we have a limited a time frame and if the questions are answered vaguely we don t necessarily have time to go back and get more details Another reason that charities don t get funding from us is that we have too many applicants from one community For the ones that are above our evaluation threshold and get declined we go to them the very next year and if they still require funding for their project we invite them to reapply just by updating the budget numbers in the previous year s application Do you provide feedback to charities whose applications are declined Yes absolutely Two years ago we started making our decline letters much more detailed particularly to those who didn t make the threshold of our evaluation process We didn t want them to continually reapply and to continue to expend those resources unnecessarily We also receive requests by telephone and email for more information from the declined charities and we are more than happy to talk to them about our process and give them a really good understanding of why they were declined Often though it simply comes down to a lack of available funding Do you provide funding for operating costs Yes we support operating costs related to the programs that charities are looking to fund through the grant requests Charities need to be able to show the program budget separately from the overall budget for the charity

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/funders-perspective-grant-applications-first-west-foundation-qa (2014-10-22)
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  • The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa: Providing a safe, supportive place for children and youth | Imagine Canada
    Camp Smitty located near Eganville Ontario BCGO is a leader in after school weekend and summer programs for children aged six to18 years of age and offers programs that build on social skills and give these youth the tools they need to succeed in life The Club utilizes an integrated model of age appropriate social recreational and academic activities that include proven strategies for building positive relationships mentoring conflict resolution skill development and employment training These programs are developed in collaboration with families local schools and other community partners to create comprehensive healthy living opportunities for children and youth More importantly all programs and opportunities are free Great programs are the foundation of the BGCO The variety and quality of these programs are evidence based and designed to be engaging accessible for all and contributing towards the development of good citizens and leaders within the Ottawa community The Club offers a variety of fun and structured programming designed to help foster life skills based on four pillars of strength These pillars are Education Leadership Social Skills Creative Arts and Physical Activity Healthy Lifestyle To learn more about the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa visit their website or check out

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/boys-and-girls-club-ottawa-providing-safe-supportive-place-children-and-youth (2014-10-22)
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  • Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul de Montréal: Close to the people we serve | Imagine Canada
    more than 150 000 people receive practical assistance from the organization which has locations in Montreal Laval and the regional county municipality RCM of L Assomption Through our Opération Bonne Mine program we reduce back to school costs for families and help make school a positive experience for youth therefore encouraging them to remain in school Saint Vincent de Paul has supported over 100 000 young people since 2002 by providing school supplies offering scholarships and funding field trips and art workshops We collect donations of furniture clothing and other household items that we give away or sell at a very low cost in our stores In addition to giving new life to the donated goods and reducing our environmental impact the proceeds from the sales are used to fund our programs Our volunteers who make up 97 of our human resources make it possible for us to devote even more resources to those in need With over 20 of Montrealers living below the poverty line Saint Vincent de Paul is as vital as ever To find out more about the Société de Saint Vincent de Paul de Montréal visit their website or their CharityFocus profile Back to Blog Retour

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/soci%C3%A9t%C3%A9-de-saint-vincent-de-paul-de-montr%C3%A9al (2014-10-22)
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  • The Power of the Crowd | Imagine Canada
    backing in your grant applications The Help Get Us to the Market Campaign As part of its School Grown program FoodShare runs a schoolyard farming social enterprise Last winter the cargo van used to take the produce grown by students to the market was in an accident FoodShare badly needed a new vehicle to bring their food to markets during the summer season So they decided to launch their very first crowdfunding campaign The campaign goal was 20 000 and they successfully raised 20 201 from 229 donors This allowed FoodShare to purchase a used fuel efficient vehicle plus a cargo bike and bike trailer Tips for Crowdfunding Success 1 Plan Ahead To be successful crowdfunding campaigns require a significant amount of time and effort For the Get Us to Market campaign FoodShare developed and implemented a comprehensive communications strategy which included soliciting media coverage participating in and hosting public forums open houses and tabling at community events If you are thinking about crowdfunding for the first time FoodShare recommends that your communications strategy include compelling campaign visuals including videos and photos as well as social media plans that will keep supporters interested and compelled to share your story with their broader network 2 Establish a concrete and manageable goal One of the reasons for the success of Get Us to the Market was that the need for a vehicle provided a very tangible product with a hard deadline Crowdfunding to tackle a major societal problem or to provide your organization with operating support probably won t be effective because donors are more likely to support campaigns that have tangible goals 3 Determine a fixed duration One of the most common mistakes made in crowdfunding campaigns is playing it safe with a campaign that s open ended or at least

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/power-crowd (2014-10-22)
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  • CHATS – Community & Home Assistance to Seniors: Live well, age well, be well | Imagine Canada
    South Simcoe seniors and caregivers each year Our quality programs delivered by more than 550 volunteers and 250 staff enable seniors to continue living in their own homes remain connected to the community and out of Emergency Departments and hospital beds CHATS earned Accreditated with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada AC which is the highest rating an organization can receive CHATS met 100 of AC s criteria all 852 standards for quality and safety in healthcare With the motto live well age well be well CHATS is dedicated to providing the utmost in senior care and caregiver support Programs and services include in home help and care Meals on Wheels Caregiver Support and Education Transportation Home at Last Seniors Wellness Programs Adult Day Programs Diversity Outreach Programs Telephone Reassurance CHATS Philips Lifeline Home Adaptation and Maintenance Program and Assisted Living Some programs are free others are geared to income with subsidies available We also offer a translation service enabling communication in 200 languages CHATS receives funding support from the Central Local Health Integration Network United Way York Region and community donors To learn more about CHATS please visit their website or view their CharityFocus profile Back to Blog Retour au

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/chats-%E2%80%93-community-home-assistance-seniors-live-well-age-well-be-well (2014-10-22)
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  • Standards are everywhere: Global view of Charities and Self-Regulation | Imagine Canada
    s Shared Ethics Charter in French shares many of the same criteria as our Standards Program There s the well known Better Business Bureau s Wise Giving Alliance in the United States and many others around the world Imagine Canada s Standards Program recognized internationally A recent report by CIVICUS highlights many of these international efforts including our own Standards Program CIVICUS identifies three pillars of self regulation Legitimacy the organization is or is perceived to be justifiable and appropriate Transparency the organization is open and readily shares information about its procedures and values Accountability the organization willingly responds to queries and takes responsibility for its actions Charities take programs like these seriously partly in response to increasing donor or media led scrutiny of our work Self regulation efforts can turn down the volume of that scrutiny and give organizations the space to do their work according to Cathy Barr Acting President and CEO of Imagine Canada Cathy has had a leadership role with the Standards Program since it was a seed of an idea and was part of many conceptual discussions with our board of directors and other sector leaders and as such was consulted by CIVICUS in the development of its report For the sector by the sector Imagine Canada s Standards Program is primarily about capacity building and was carefully developed by Imagine Canada with participation from volunteers throughout Canada s charitable and nonprofit sector The program is designed to strengthen the practices of Canadian charities and nonprofits through publicly available tools and resources and strengthen public confidence in the sector through a voluntary peer review based accreditation process We say that it is a program developed for the sector by the sector One World Trust as identified in the CIVICUS report similarly defines self regulation programs

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/standards-are-everywhere-global-view-charities-and-self-regulation (2014-10-22)
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  • How much should I ask for in a grant application? | Imagine Canada
    indicate the percentage of a project s cost they will support The Government of Nova Scotia s Age Friendly Communities Grant Program does both They indicate that they will fund up to 50 of the total project cost up to a maximum of 5 000 2 Identify patterns in past giving Often funders don t have published giving guidelines so the next place many look is their giving history which can reveal trends in the size of their past grants Subscribers to prospect research databases like Grant Connect have access to a table of interactive gift history for every funder This tip comes with a big caveat If a funder has given a grant of 100 000 to the University of Toronto don t assume that you will have a good chance of securing the same amount if you are a volunteer run social service agency Instead look for organizations that are comparable to your own Identify examples of donations that went to nonprofits in a similar field to yours a similar geographic location and who have a similar capacity This will give you a more grounded view of what you could ask for What happens if the giving history doesn t align with their guidelines Always follow the guidelines if they exist not the giving history when you determine your ask The giving history of a funder could be based on historical relationships with their grant recipients or on past strategy For example a funder may have previously supported a smaller number of organizations with bigger donations and now supports a wider number of causes with smaller amounts 3 Consider your track record The amount of the ask should depend on the established reputation track record and capacity of your organization Why Consider the donation you are asking for

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/how-much-should-i-ask-grant-application (2014-10-22)
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  • The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation: Creating opportunities for donors to advance healthcare in our communities | Imagine Canada
    educational opportunities to benefit patients and families close to home And we take this responsibility very seriously Led by a volunteer Board of local business leaders the Foundation s dynamic nature allows it to keep up with the region s ever changing demographic In 2012 for the third year in a row the Foundation was named one of 4 Canadian Top 16 not for profit organizations in North America by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy AHP for benchmarking transparency In 2013 we were named to the Top 14 The Foundation maintains our ethical standard by listening to our individual donors service groups and businesses supporters They make our work possible The Foundation raises funds for Island Health facilities on Central Island namely Nanaimo Regional General Hospital NRGH Dufferin Place Nanaimo Trillium Lodge Parksville Eagle Park Health Care Facility Qualicum Beach and Oceanside Health Centre at Parksville NRGH is the community hospital for more than 160 000 people living in communities from Ladysmith to Bowser it is also the referral hospital for the entire Island north of the Capital Region of Victoria which is home to more than 400 000 individuals Fundraising activities include traditional grant mail requests Lotto for Life Run for Life and Golf for Life Funds are also raised through two revenue generating businesses proceeds from the Code Brew coffee kiosk and Nanaimo Lifeline are reinvested into healthcare initiatives Since 1991 the Foundation has raised more than 40 million for healthcare close to home The Nanaimo District Hospital Foundation s vision to provide excellent healthcare facilities and equipment is possible only because of the loyal support of donors who share this aspiration To learn more about the Nanaimo District Hospital Foundation visit their website or check out their Charity Focus profile Back to Blog Retour au blogue Add

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/nanaimo-district-hospital-foundation-creating-opportunities-donors-advance-healthcare-our (2014-10-22)
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