Fundraising Superheroes Episode 9: CAUSE Canada and How They Found Success When Operating in 4 Different Countries

     Wendy Fehr the Executive Director at CAUSE Canada shared how nonprofits should approach helping communities in different countries. Located in Calgary, Alberta they work in rural communities such as Sierra Leone, Honduras and Guatemala to help the communities advocate for or design their own systems to access education or health services.  Working in developing countries, they do face a lot of...
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New Nonprofits: Why you should consider a fiscal sponsorship to help you get started

      If you’re a nonprofit just starting out you may feel a bit overwhelmed. You spent time finding a cause that you are truly passionate about, assembled a team and wrote up an action plan. Now you need financial support, but how can you get that when it seems every grant and sponsor is scared to put their money behind a nonprofit startup? You have to start raising money. But you’re stuck in catch 22, you have just applied for your 501(C)(3) but now...
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Fundraising Superheroes Episode 3: The Storytelling Arts of Indiana and the Power of a Great Story

    //   Founded in 1987 as Stories Incorporated, The Storytelling Arts of Indiana specializes in the wonderful art of oral storytelling. Oral storytelling is so entertaining but it is also an important tool for passing down history and knowledge. "When younger members of a family know their family stories, they have a much better sense of who they are, and if we don’t pass them down those...
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SWOT Analysis: The Simple Tool That Can Help You Grow Your Nonprofit

      A SWOT analysis is a basic yet highly underrated tool that can help you analyze your organization while also benefiting your strategic plan and marketing campaigns. Standing for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats a SWOT analysis is a tool to help  evaluate the internal and external factors that affect your NPO.  This may seem like obvious information but when done correctly and thoroughly it can be used to your advantage...
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Fundraising Superheroes Episode 8: CAMH the Largest Mental Health Teaching Hospital Has Some Amazing Donors

//   CAMH or the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is Canada's largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world's leading research centres in its field. They are a staple in the Toronto community and help over 34,000 patients each year. Their Vice President of Philanthropy Megan Tregunno came on the show to discuss how the conversation surrounding mental health is changing, especially when speaking with their donors....
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Fundraising Superheroes Episode 2: Sketch Toronto Is More Than a Studio, it’s a Community

    On this episode of Fundraising Superheroes, we sat down with Executive Director Rudy Ruttimenn. Having been at the organization for over 20 years she is an expert on what makes Sketch important.  Through practicing the arts, Sketch Toronto hopes to help young people find who there are through the creative mediums in which they choose to express themselves. ...
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How to Successfully Ask for Donations Face-to-Face

      Asking for donations face to face can be intimidating. The fear of rejection often causes people to turn down the idea before even trying. However it may be time to conquer that fear because if you haven’t tried asking for in-person donations, you are missing out on a great fundraising opportunity.  A study published in the Harvard Business Review found that asking 6 people for donations has the same impact as emailing 200 recipients. People...
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Fundraising Superheroes Episode 7: N2N's Robin Knickle and the Power of a Handwritten Note

  //   Finding donor’s is all about creating relationships and no one knows that better than Neighbour to Neighbour’s Robin Knickle. She has been fundraising for over 18 years and always knew she wanted to work in an industry that allowed her to help people. Her passion combined with her friendly personality makes her a true Fundraising Superhero! "What I’m bringing to neighbour to Neighbour as Director...
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Fundraising Superheroes Episode 1: The Townsend Smith Foundation on the Importance of Community

    // Everything that the Townsend-Smith Foundation does is for the community. Working out of Milton, ON their dream is to build a hospice to serve the Milton and Halton Hills area and with all the hard work they’ve been doing that dream is coming true.  Their message is one from the heart and their success grows with every connection they make. Janet Townsend, the foundation’s founder explains...
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