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  • Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and the place in his heart for Canada’s charities | Imagine Canada
    didn t require much explaining at all You see Jim Flaherty had a special place in his heart for charities and for the disabled community in particular Over the latter part of his tenure Imagine Canada enjoyed a very positive albeit nonpartisan relationship with the former Minister and his office The Minister s staff with his endorsement welcomed our requests for meetings to discuss measures to increase charities impact They even listened attentively and responded to our concerns when we found ourselves on opposite sides of an issue Working with the Charitable Sector When more than 70 percent of charity leaders appearing before the Finance Committee during the hearings on incentives for charitable giving endorsed the Stretch Tax Credit and when Imagine Canada s Sector Champions emailed the Minister of Finance explaining why the Stretch was so important Jim Flaherty took note When he determined that he did not have the fiscal room to introduce the full Stretch in Budget 2013 he did not simply shrug his shoulders and do nothing Instead he introduced the First Time Donors Super Credit and included a commitment to continue working with Imagine Canada and charities to expand the base of giving In Budget 2014 when he might have argued that the government had already dealt with the recommendations of the 2012 hearings on incentives for charitable giving he dedicated a section in the budget to charities and introduced a number of lower cost recommendations from the report leaving the door open for a possible Stretch Tax Credit in 2015 once the books were balanced The last time I met Minister Flaherty in person was at a reception preceding the 2013 Speech from the Throne The weight of his illness was visible to all as he took to the podium to address the assembled

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/former-finance-minister-jim-flaherty-and-place-his-heart-canada%E2%80%99s-charities (2014-10-22)
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  • What Gets Measured Gets Done | Imagine Canada
    of environmental quality This would lead to better management and decisions that produce the results Canadians value Conversely measuring less or measuring badly would lead to approaches that were at best inefficient and at worst counterproductive Now that I am working as Chief Economist for Canada s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector I find these insights equally applicable to many social programs with their hard to measure objectives such as equity and justice The emphasis on results definition and management is now widespread in government where some of the best work on developing results is being done and where results based approaches are being used in the design and development of a wide range of government programs This insight underlies the movement to create social investment partnerships between government charities and the private sector where it is thought a major benefit would be the access to private sector experience with innovative metrics and management It is an insight which appeals directly to a younger generation of potential donors who have grown up in the metrically oriented knowledge economy Stronger focus on metrics generationally driven Leaving aside the thorny question of whether existing donors respond to measurement of results metrics will become more important over time First all of we charities government and private sector are being relentlessly pressured to be more efficient and effective and to manage a wider range of social environmental and economic issues Better metrics are an important tool a necessary but not sufficient condition for making the improvements that society is demanding Second we have to be aware of today s and tomorrow s donors I haven t noticed that the younger generation is any less committed to social and charitable issues than is my boomer cohort However they are a lot more accustomed to using metrics

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/what-gets-measured-gets-done (2014-10-22)
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  • In Conversation with Marcel Lauzière: Canadian Philanthropy and the Future of Grantmaking | Imagine Canada
    are much more engaged than they were 10 or 15 years ago We know that philanthropy has always been a big thing in the US but less so in Canada And that change is not a bad thing it s a good thing What do you see as the major challenges facing grantmaking foundations I think foundations are increasingly realizing that they can do a lot more than simply use their assets They can do more than simply provide grants Now a lot of the thinking is about how we go beyond that How can we use our ability to connect people our ability to convene and bring people to the table around big issues How can we use our voice which has not been done much in the past by foundations to promote good public policy That s relatively new because foundations typically in Canada have been very much behind the curtain doing good work but leaving it to others to actually mobilize and bring people to the table and push the public policy envelope I think there is a real need for foundations to do this But that also means a different skill set it s a different way of looking at the world Foundations can t simply say We re now going to become conveners we are now going to become involved in public policy if they have no experience doing that They have to think about the skill sets they need to do it The whole issue of impact and measuring impact Foundations need to have a better understanding themselves of what they are looking for and how to measure that impact They need to recognize the fact that it costs money you need resources to be able to do it You can t simply tell organizations measure your impact without recognizing that support is going to need to come That s something I wanted to touch on as well in terms of how you see the relationship between a funder and a fundee on the issue of measuring impact What kind of role can a foundation play in helping a grantee measure impact I think one thing that holds us back a lot around impact measurement is that we have this sense that we need to find this perfect methodology that is going to allow us to measure things perfectly Well that s not going to happen We have to stop using that as a pretext not to move further We re going to find proxies different ways of looking at things but we are going to have to move foundations and organizations hand in hand and figure out how to measure that impact Another challenge for foundations is re thinking their relationships with organizations In other words if you re in a world where essentially what you are doing is providing grants to organizations then there is a particular type of relationship funder and fundee But as foundations want to do more and want

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/conversation-marcel-lauzi%C3%A8re-canadian-philanthropy-and-future-grantmaking (2014-10-22)
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  • Assiniboine Park Conservancy: Winnipeg's crown jewel | Imagine Canada
    a mandate to develop govern and manage the overall Park and its amenities APC has a 50 year lease with the City of Winnipeg which owns the property and assets Along with being one of the largest in size Assiniboine Park has a wide range of diverse activities programs and attractions the Assiniboine Park Zoo the Assiniboine Park Conservatory the Lyric Theatre where free concerts and movies are enjoyed throughout the summer a first class art gallery at the Pavilion the child thrilling Nature Playground a one of a kind sculpture garden featuring the works of late internationally renowned artist Leo Mol where free jazz concerts are a summer hit an enchanting Duck Pond the Qualico Family Centre with its park café breath taking gardens wide open green spaces for picnics leisure and sports and wonderful trails for walking cross country skiing and the much loved monkey trails for biking Most Manitobans and former Manitobans have memories of Assiniboine Park Having contributed to our lives over the past 107 years Assiniboine Park belongs to the community Assiniboine Park is unique and its ten year redevelopment plan pays tribute to its many features and its position in the community The improvements currently being undertaken will benefit all users a broad spectrum of the community including all ages all nationalities and all socio economic groups This is a special time in the Park s history and a unique time to become involved in building the future of this civic treasure To learn more about the changes happening at Assiniboine Park visit their website or check out their CharityFocus profile Back to Blog Retour au blogue Add new comment Your name Subject Comment Member Profiles are a benefit of Imagine Canada s membership program for charities and public benefit nonprofit organizations that we

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/assiniboine-park-conservancy-winnipegs-crown-jewel (2014-10-22)
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  • Blog | Imagine Canada
    for My Life an excellent collection of essays the late literature and television critic John Leonard takes Continue reading Your Standards Program Application Made it to January 29 2014 The Standards Transparency and Accountability Lisa Hartford I sat in to observe what happens during a meeting of a Standards Program s Peer Review Panel It was a fascinating look Continue reading Communicating Impact to Grantmakers 3 Ideas from January 23 2014 Grantseeker Monthly Grant Connect Fundraising The next grant proposal you submit may be one of hundreds if not thousands that a funder receives After sweating Continue reading Pages first previous 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 next last Blog Archives 10 2014 4 09 2014 3 08 2014 2 07 2014 2 06 2014 2 Subscribe to blog updates Tab email subscribe button Popular Posts Need help with your earned income activities The What I ve Learned and the Road Ahead Five Benefits of Implementing a Pipeline Canada s Largest Foundations give over 1 Billion Annually to Canadian Charities Charity leaders looking to enrich their fundraising efforts and to create more impactful partnerships with foundations need to read this report Bruce MacDonald President CEO Read more

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog?page=9 (2014-10-22)
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  • If Humans Can Visit the Moon (or Mars), Why Can’t We… | Imagine Canada
    potentially important donors have significant implications for charities competing for scarce dollars Do charities and nonprofits desire that revolutionary change that visionary entrepreneurs have managed in the private sector I think so Elon Musk with the Tesla electric car and Space X is a good example of private sector led economic technological transformation and an understandable focus for Page s comments This search for ideas and approaches that go beyond incremental changes is not confined to the private sector Charities want to explore new approaches to achieve their goals by capturing the imagination of increasingly savvy donors be they extremely wealthy or more average Canadians Making Haiti a G8 country is harder than going to Mars It would be short sighted of charities to ignore the examples of visionary entrepreneurs or simply assume that their fancy strategies won t work in our sector On the other hand Page and others should be aware that our earthly challenges are difficult that transformative change can be painstakingly slow The human factor Page reasons along the following lines Elon Musk has been successful in the complicated world of electric cars and space travel So obviously similar approaches on our part will deal with an array of problems from poverty alleviation to third world development to the conquest of disease Right There is no realization that the answer to the question if we can put people on the moon or on Mars why can t we conquer poverty or homelessness is actually blindingly simple It is because dealing with human beings building consensus and bringing about sustained change is actually quite a lot harder than producing an electric car Charities need a balanced attitude to the observations of successful entrepreneurs like Page open to learn from his experience and innovation and technological expertise but

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/if-humans-can-visit-moon-or-mars-why-can%E2%80%99t-we%E2%80%A6 (2014-10-22)
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  • Demonstrating Transparency and Impact to Funders | Imagine Canada
    times in 2012 and that young people connect with one of its professional counsellors 5 000 times each week Outcomes on the other hand are the result of what you did either in the short medium or long term Measuring outcomes requires some sort of research or evaluation Kids Help Phone reported that 91 of their phone clients say they received the support they hoped for Finally impact is the answer to the question If Your Organization Didn t Exist How Would the World be Different Your impact is not only the difference you make in the lives of your stakeholders but also the wider societal benefits of your programming Kids Help Phone reported that its counselling services lead to statistically significant changes in three crucial clinical indicators including an 87 reduction in distress This is a concrete impact in the lives of these children and youth although more long term tracking would be required to determine longer term and wider societal benefits 2 Have a Plan in Place Evaluating Impact Is A Long Term Commitment Since evaluating impact requires significant time and effort it requires that you have a plan in place and be committed to the process You may need to bring in external expertise if you don t already have the skills or resources to carry out this type of evaluation Pathways to Education partnered with Boston Consulting Group BCG to track its students over the long term BCG did an initial evaluation of Pathways students in 2006 with a subsequent more broad evaluation in 2011 This report described not only the direct impact of Pathways programming such as consistently reducing the drop out rate by 70 but also looked at the wider societal benefits including decreased costs for government associated with students staying in high school

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/demonstrating-transparency-and-impact-funders (2014-10-22)
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  • Blog | Imagine Canada
    is a charitable organization formerly known as Ontario March of Dimes that has been providing Continue reading Balancing Evidence and Compassion based January 13 2014 Chief Economist Commentary Brian Emmett Economics is about the allocation of scarce resources to meet competing demands Used well it can shed important light Continue reading Implications of U S Tax Reform for Charities and December 10 2013 Chief Economist Commentary Public Policy Public Policy Finance and Administration Government Relations Brian Emmett Tax deductions in the U S and tax credits in Canada for charitable donations are both tax expenditures and are Continue reading Pages first previous 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 next last Blog Archives 10 2014 4 09 2014 3 08 2014 2 07 2014 2 06 2014 2 Subscribe to blog updates Tab email subscribe button Popular Posts Need help with your earned income activities The What I ve Learned and the Road Ahead Five Benefits of Implementing a Pipeline Canada s Largest Foundations give over 1 Billion Annually to Canadian Charities Charity leaders looking to enrich their fundraising efforts and to create more impactful partnerships with foundations need to read this report Bruce MacDonald President CEO Read

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog?page=10 (2014-10-22)
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