March 27, 2014 | By: Kate Robertson
Yesterday the Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson and National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay announced that in order to reduce administrative costs associated with charitable lotteries and to allow charities to modernize their lottery systems, there is a proposal in Economic Action Plan 2014 which will amend the Criminal Code to allow charities to sell their lottery tickets online. The current system forces registered charities that conduct lotteries as part of fundraising to process all sales manually and send tickets by mail rather than electronically. The full announcement is below:
"Harper Government Supports Charities to Create Stronger Communities
Charities to be allowed to conduct lotteries using modern technology
March 26, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance
Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson and National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay today highlighted the Government's investment in stronger communities through support for the charitable sector. In order to reduce administrative costs associated with charitable lotteries and allow charities to modernize their lottery systems, Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to amend the Criminal Code to allow charities to sell their lottery tickets online.
Each year, charities in Canada raise hundreds of millions of dollars to support worthy causes through lottery sales. However, outdated legislation forces registered charities across Canada that conduct lotteries as part of their fundraising to process and activate all sales manually, and then send customers their tickets by mail rather than electronically. The use of new technologies will allow charities to use modern e-commerce methods for the purchasing, processing and issuing of lottery tickets and issuing of receipts to donors.
Prominent Canadian charities, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation and SickKids Foundation, report that allowing the use of new technologies could save millions of dollars each year in administrative costs for all Canadian charities that run lotteries. For example, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has identified significant savings in annual administrative costs related to the use of computers in its lottery alone. Charities will be able to use these savings to support their important work.
Narrative Tool Kit: Tools to start a New Conversation with Canadians about the Sector
We are Imagine Canada – the umbrella organization for Canada’s charities and nonprofits. We’re working, in partnership with others, to start a New Narrative – a conversation with Canadians about our ’sector’ – who we are, what we do and how we are making a difference.
If you work or volunteer for a charity or nonprofit, you may find some of our Issue Sheets helpful in explaining to others why it’s important that we have a strong voice in public policy and why an organization’s ‘overhead’ is not always the best measure of its success. For more details, including a comprehensive look at the sector’s size, breadth and impact, read the Core Resource. Feel free to share and use any of this information if it is helpful in your own work. We’ll be updating and adding elements to the Narrative Tool Kit all the time so plan to come back and visit often.
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January 6, 2014 by Diane Ragsdale
Happy New Year! This is a condensed and slightly adapted version of a short talk I gave in October at an event called Blowup: Innovation in Extreme Scenarios, hosted by a hub organization called V2, located in Rotterdam.
INNOVATION TO WHAT END?
I predicted in an article I wrote in 2005 that “innovation” would become the next buzz word to emerge in US funding applications and I was right. Predicting the rise of innovation hardly required super human insight. The whole world was striving to innovate—even before the great recession. And over the past few years the hunt for the next great product for the as yet untapped market has become ever-more-desperate.
Speaking of the recession, in 2008, Paul Light, a professor of public service at NYU wrote an article in which he speculated four possible futures for the subsidized sector in the US arising out of the recession:
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By Nell Edgington - Social Velocity
Yep, it’s true, the nonprofit sector doesn’t have enough money. There are lots of reasons for that, but part of it stems from the taboos the nonprofit sector (and the staffs, boards and donors within it) perpetuates. But perhaps if we lay them bare, we can start to break free from them, which is the topic of today’s installment of the ongoing Financing Not Fundraising blog series.
If you are new to this series, the idea is that nonprofit fundraising is broken. Instead of continuing to hit their heads against the fundraising brick wall, nonprofit leaders must take a strategic approach to financing their work. You can read the entire Financing Not Fundraising blog series here.
Nonprofit taboos are so insidious because they are unwritten and unquestioned. But that has to stop. If we want to move the nonprofit sector forward, we must uncover certain taboos and determine whether they are really unacceptable anymore.
Here are the five most egregious taboos in the nonprofit sector:
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Winnipeg Free Press, By: Aldo Santin, July 4, 2013
The former financial administrator of Manitoba Theatre for Young People was sentenced to nine months' house arrest this week for stealing more than $63,000 from the local troupe.
Kathleen Owen-Hunt, 39, pleaded guilty in March to the charges and was sentenced Wednesday by Provincial court Judge Dale Schille.
A tearful Owen-Hunt stood and apologized to a representative of the theatre group, adding she realized her thefts only worsened the group’s ongoing financial difficulties.
Owen-Hunt then broke down and cried openly as she apologized to her spouse sitting in the gallery.
"I put us in a horrible, horrible position," Owen-Hunt said. "I just want to be a better person."
Owen-Hunt began working at MTYP in March 2006 and began stealing from them in March 2008 until she left at the end of October 2011.
Defence counsel Timothy Valgardson said the thefts were an attempt by Owen-Hunt to get out from under $40,000 in credit card debt that she and her spouse had incurred.
Crown prosecutor Mandy Ambrose said that Owen-Hunt, whose duties included directing a third-party payroll firm, conducted an unsophisticated scam over a three-and-a-half-year period where she overpaid herself in overtime and vacation to which she was not entitled, and she set up payroll accounts in the name of three former employees and had the funds deposited into her own personal bank account, for a total of 114 separate transactions.
"It was planned and it was deliberate," Ambrose said of the scheme, adding it was only discovered after she left. Read more
The Guardian, June 11, 2013 - Charity evaluators are on the rise and those they choose to endorse can receive windfalls worth millions. Charities often ask for donations by appealing to people's hearts, not their heads. However, many large-scale donors, such as foundations and government departments, demand evidence that their money will be used well.
A new type of organisation, the charity evaluator, has started to assess voluntary sector organisations with similarly hard-headed techniques, using data and scientific research to advise individual givers where to donate. They typically recommend a handful of organisations each year rather than trying to rate lots – and those chosen can receive windfalls worth millions.
But there are drawbacks. Such recommendations, often of very small organisations, can take a lot of staff time to win, and are no guarantee of regular income. Furthermore, such charity evaluators currently focus on single-purpose organisations that work in the developing world, mostly in healthcare.
"Realistically for most charities, there is no chance of getting a GiveWell recommendation," says Alexander Berger, senior research analyst for the San Francisco-based charity evaluator, founded in 2007 by two hedge-fund staffers. Robert Wiblin, director of research for Oxford-based evaluator Giving What We Can, says it tends to choose effective healthcare interventions first, before looking for organisations that deliver them well.
Giving What We Can was founded in 2009 by Oxford academic and ethical philosopher Toby Ord, who pledged to donate £1m of his estimated £1.5m lifetime income to charities. It has more than 300 members who have pledged to donate at least 10% of their income, worth an estimated $120m (£77m) over the coming decades, and they want this money to do the greatest possible good. GiveWell, with a similar results-based approach, reckons it directed $9.57m (£6.2m) in donations in 2012, nearly double the previous year.
June 5, 2013 | author: Kim Fuller
Your annual report can be an amazing, multipurpose document that allows you to demonstrate the recent successes of your organization. It’s your moment to shine, your moment to dazzle stakeholders with all you’ve achieved over the last twelve months. So why must they always be so boring?
Developing an annual report is often considered to be time-consuming and expensive, but it is a worthwhile investment if it’s well-written and designed, and provides useful information.
More than a reflection of the past year, the annual report is also a powerful fundraising tool for the year to follow. In an effort to save costs, organizations are printing less and less copies of their annual report and only giving them out to board members and important stakeholders. The biggest mistake is failing to share it with future donors and corporate sponsors or partners. It can even be used for recruiting top talent.
Prepare an annual report people will actually read (and enjoy!)
Consider converting your print annual report into a video annual report. A video can reach out emotionally and create a totally different kind of impact while offering many possibilities that a printed report cannot. It can bring the commitment and emotional connections of volunteers to life, highlight the personality and dedication of your employees, show your facilities and programs in action and give donors the chance to see the human impact of their donations.
The use of video needs to be included as part of your organization’s communication and marketing strategy and like any well-done communications effort, it can bring rewards that far outweigh the investment. When used well throughout the rest of the year, your organization can reap all kinds of unexpected benefits including increased pride among volunteers and employees, and greater community awareness for your cause. You’ll also end up with several hours of footage that doesn’t make it into the final edit, footage that you can repurpose for other videos throughout the year.
The effectiveness of video content is unquestionable. An organization that is willing to creatively use video will likely be perceived as a leader and one that is moving ahead of the pack. Photos and videos should be the core of every content strategy for social media. Having 1- or 2-minute punchy clips explaining your mission, latest accomplishment or fundraising event on your Youtube channel can go a long way. The Facebook community also craves video content so it’s a great way to promote your Youtube channel and its content. Sprinkling capsules throughout the year on your social media channels is a great way to stay on the radar, stay interesting and relevant. So for your next annual report, consider the potential of video for your organization!
Reduce work, reuse content
Get the most out of your hard work by reusing elements of your annual report content throughout the year in other parts of your communications - such as social media, your blog and emails. When it comes to social media and a content sharing strategy, it is always better to come up with (and promote) original content rather than retweet or borrow from other sources. However, you are also busy communicating with donors; preparing your next fundraising event; and/or wrapping your head around your next annual report. So, don't overlook the fact that your annual report is a rich source of original content to share across all social media channels.
While charts and graphs may not be the sexiest form of content in the social media age, they still remain quite useful. Adding charts to your Facebook page throughout the year will help to keep it relevant. Since most social media fans don't have time to read a full annual report, it’s important to feed them information in a way that resonates with them. Photo and video content are great options and smaller servings of information will allow you to spread out your content throughout the year, while creating greater impact.
It’s not a chore – it’s a fundraising opportunity
Instead of looking at this project as something you have to do, think of it as something you get to do. What is more rewarding than to look back on your achievements for the year? Give yourselves a pat on the back! Highlight the success and determination of your staff and volunteers, and don’t be shy to address what your goals are for the next year. Let people know where you're heading and what they can do to help you reach your next set objectives. Have fun!
Kim Fuller is President of Phil Communications. A certified nonprofit consultant and marketing specialist, Kim has been active in branding, graphic design and internet technologies for 18 years and involved in philanthropy for more than two decades. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
grantseekermonthly ⋅ 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-profit organizations, mission drift is commonplace in the charitable sector.
While the instigator of mission drifts varies, in Paterson’s experience the search for funding is “the cause [organizations] are most easily persuaded by.” Why? In the competition for limited funding, it is tempting for charities to go where the money is – even if these opportunities fall outside their core mission – and adapt their strategy after the fact.
What is Mission Drift?
Mission drift is when a nonprofit unintentionally moves away from the organization’s mission. This is an important distinction from when an organization consciously changes their strategic vision. Charities can, and do, adjust their mission to better address community needs. This article addresses the first scenario: when an organization inadvertently changes direction. Read More
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