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  • foundations | Imagine Canada
    of a grant proposal the statement of need The underpinning of any grant proposal the statement of need is your opportunity to sell the impact of your work The description of need carries the Continue reading Donor Advised Funds What Fundraisers Should Know Thursday March 6 2014 Donor advised funds As a grantseeker you have likely seen them referred to on the websites of foundations like the Winnipeg Community Foundation

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/tags/foundations (2014-10-22)
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  • fundraising | Imagine Canada
    Once you have completed the preparation and research stages that we ve outlined most of the work is finished Your case resources have been created which will make up the content of your proposal and you have identified funders whose interests and guidelines align with your needs Continue reading Building Your Prospect List What Makes a Good Funder Thursday October 27 2011 So your nonprofit organization has an exciting initiative but you need support to get it off the ground Wondering how to build a list of prospective funders We explored this question with the help of Marcia Steeves a prospect research professional with nearly a decade of experience in the field Continue reading Five Common and Avoidable Grantwriting Mistakes Wednesday March 27 2013 So you had a fantastic idea to transform your community and you put together a solid funding proposal After mailing out 100 copies you eagerly awaited the funds to start rolling in Instead all that came back in the mail was a handful of rejection letters and this week s McDonalds coupons What Continue reading Mission Drift Avoiding the Slippery Slope Wednesday May 1 2013 You ve likely witnessed it Maybe as an onlooker when it happened to your favourite charity or perhaps when the course of your organization was changed by it a slow tide you were unable to resist According to John Paterson an executive management consultant with over 20 years experience in non Continue reading The Pickle Long Term Fundraising Goals Short Term Fundraising Staff Thursday July 4 2013 For many charities the senior fundraiser role has become a revolving door And according to the recent CompassPoint report UnderDeveloped A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising the trend shows no sign of dissipating CompassPoint revealed that half of Development Continue reading How

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/tags/fundraising (2014-10-22)
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  • donor advised funds | Imagine Canada
    Share This donor advised funds Donor Advised Funds What Fundraisers Should Know Thursday March 6 2014 Donor advised funds As a grantseeker you have likely seen them referred to on the websites of foundations like the Winnipeg Community Foundation or Tides Canada But do you know how they work and where they fit into your fundraising plan What is a Donor Advised Fund Broadly defined a Continue reading Our National

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/tags/donor-advised-funds (2014-10-22)
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  • Student Energy: Young leaders committed to a sustainable energy future | Imagine Canada
    Energy has amassed 24 000 student followers hosted events in Calgary Vancouver New Delhi and Trondheim Norway with plans in the works to host events in Cape Town Aberdeen Mexico City and New York The specific goals of Student Energy are to Educate Inspire and Connect postsecondary students from around the world so that they can pursue tangible action to tackle our major global energy challenges In our opinion the more educated inspired and connected a student is the more likely they are to pursue some sort of tangible action towards tackling energy issues Student Energy is unique in the fact that we are globally focused multidisciplinary and non partisan If the millennial generation is going to truly affect change on a global scale then dialogue and action are needed not more sound bites and stone throwing As a brand new charity in Canada CRA Status approved in January 2013 Student Energy is very much a startup non profit Building a rapidly scaling organization while simultaneously creating the structures processes and good governance necessary to support our vision has been an incredibly exhilarating process We are thrilled to be new members of Imagine Canada Propellus and the Association of Fundraising Professionals and look forward to building a movement of global youth with the support of each of these organizations To get involved or learn more about Student Energy contact Executive Director Kali Taylor at ktaylor studentenergy org or visit their website At Imagine Canada Brynn is dedicated to providing stellar customer service and continuous improvements to the membership program Prior to her role in membership Brynn supported Imagine Canada s research group and before that she studied international development at the University of Ottawa Outside of work Brynn blogs about her other life passions including cooking crafting and living life

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/student-energy-young-leaders-committed-sustainable-energy-future (2014-10-22)
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  • Priceless: Corporate Support Beyond the Cheque | Imagine Canada
    you to consider whether your board of directors has representation from the local business community When Habitat Mid Vancouver Island went through their strategic planning process a couple of years ago they took a hard look at their board makeup Teresea describes her board as a hybrid of operational and governance We had to look at ourselves and assess ourselves where are the short falls and what do we need For Habitat their board members now include a lawyer who provides legal advice in an unofficial capacity a realtor who helps assess property purchases an individual from the banking management world that provides sound financial advice and an instructor at a pre apprenticeship carpentry and trades program who brings carpentry students to assist on various builds Not only does this diverse board ensure that the organization is represented throughout the community but each member contributes unique skills Every board member brings something It s not a monetary contribution but it reduces the monetary need for us says Teresa it s like that MasterCard commercial that s on TV it s priceless And what do corporations get out of this Leadership through board positions is a dynamite method for employees to develop their professional and personal skills A study by the City of London found that four times as many charity board members said they had improved their team building negotiating problem solving financial and business skills when compared to other groups of volunteers i e volunteers that were not board members In kind and out of the box More often than not the generosity of a business is larger than the pool of funds it can donate Although a corporation may be extremely eager to build a relationship with your charity its cash donations may already be allocated At Habitat Mid Vancouver Island in kind donations are an important tool that directly supports its mission while building corporate relationships For example the inventories at Habitat ReStores which sell high quality building supplies home furnishing appliances and décor to the public are totally supplied by donations from various vendors or individuals Businesses may have discontinued product or maybe the donation to the Restore is a return to vendor or perhaps something slightly scratched or dented Habitat also receives in kind donations of supplies to their build sites such as plants and drywall from their vendors As an aside Restores and the in kind donations that support them are also wonderful examples of charity earned income models They contribute nondiscretionary income to the organization while fulfilling the mission of the charity Sales from the in kind donations to these ReStores cover all of Habitat s overhead costs enabling it to be entirely self sufficient Employee volunteerism 1 perspiration 99 inspiration If you ve filled out applications for corporate grants you re likely familiar with iterations of the phrase what opportunities exist for employee volunteerism As the motivations for corporate giving move away from business outcomes and towards corporate culture companies don t

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/priceless-corporate-support-beyond-cheque (2014-10-22)
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  • Bigfoot, charity expenses and other urban legends | Imagine Canada
    shows that in the face of inadequate funding for administration organizations resort to the strategies of low pay make do and do without that diminish organizational effectiveness Charities do more than simply transfer resources from one group to another there is tremendous value added Let s look at an example of homeless youth Someone who is concerned about overhead spending is free to give money directly to a young person in need In this scenario there is a direct transfer of resources no middle entity and no extra expenses but also no value added to the street youth The same conditions that led the person to live on the street may very well be present when that donation is spent However it s a different situation if that money is donated to an agency that provides training low income housing and advocacy on behalf of youth Yes there are hard costs to this intervention but ultimately a greater chance for a better outcome for having invested the extra resources A few times a year an e mail makes the rounds purporting to reveal improper spending in the charitable sector The e mail s claims have been discredited even at one point making the snopes com list of the top 25 urban legends and yet the message seems to stick For the past year we ve been working with others to shine a new light on our sector s work to celebrate the enormous impact of our organizations and to broaden the lens through which our sector is viewed Charities and nonprofits continue to help build shape and define our nation and yet we haven t always been very good at telling this story We ll have more to say on this in the New Year and we re hoping that

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/bigfoot-charity-expenses-and-other-urban-legends (2014-10-22)
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  • weight_of_television.jpg | Imagine Canada
    Programs Resources and Tools Who we are Our Programs Resources and Tools You are here Home Share This weight of television jpg Our National Partners Learn more about our National Partners and other supporters Who we are Our Programs Resources

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  • Strategic Planning: The best-laid (strategic) plans needn’t go astray | Imagine Canada
    staff Key phases of strategic planning The board is responsible for the strategic plan with regards to oversight in its creation and final approval in putting it into action Who is involved in developing the plan and how does it get developed Don shared a concise five stage approach that helps us understand that balance between board and staff roles Phase 1 Environmental Scan There is a lot of pre work that can be done by staff and or board This is often done through a board sub committee It starts with a review of the environment internal and external Key questions to ask in the scanning are What is happening with public policy Who are our competitors What are the prevailing social issues influencing our work Phase 2 SWOT analysis The chair with the ED and perhaps the sub committee perform a SWOT analysis This can add a lot of value and give a snapshot of what is happening on ground Phase 3 Board and Management work together on vision mission and strategic objectives This information is presented to the extended board and may include more senior staff or the key management team of the organization They should review the mission and vision of organization and determine strategic goals do they line up From this there is an understanding of what is to be accomplished in next 3 5 years Note that PHASE 1 and 2 are really pre work and are intended to generate discussion Phase 4 Management and Staff establish activities that deliver on the proposed plan Now it s time to take all this information and really understand what can be put in place to achieve these goals Do we anticipate any changes to the organization and how significant are they What funding is needed What do we need to start and stop doing Management needs to get feedback from staff Phase 5 Board Approval Management brings this analysis back to board and there needs to be enough content so that board will understand the financial and tactical implications The board can map risks and debate management s proposal Ultimately the board is responsible for approving the plan The ED then mobilizes the staff to put the plan into immediate action and map out measures of success Expectations vs reality Breaking the news that the plan is not shaping up The plan is set the buy in was there but is a less than perfect world and events can turn what seemed like a great plan into an unwelcome guest for staff What happens if we are not able to follow the plan because of unforeseen circumstances new opportunities or other derailments Good management should never surprise a board It is up to the board after assessing risks to realize if a goal within the plan is not feasible If a board has put together a good plan and mapped out risks there should not be too many surprises The board needs to do their homework

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/strategic-planning-best-laid-strategic-plans-needn%E2%80%99t-go-astray (2014-10-22)
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