Category Archives: Charity Evaluation

Taking Dan Pallotta a Step Further

Dan Pallotta says a lot of shocking things about charity. His message about our attitude towards the charitable sector flies in the face of a lot of accepted wisdom.¬†And yet – when you really think about it, it makes sense. … Continue reading

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Solving the Wrong Problem

Here in Edmonton, there’s a new tech startup trying to helping nonprofit organizations reduce their costs. I debated one of their founders on television last week. Across the country, legislators are working hard to adjust the tax structures and reporting … Continue reading

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That Awkward Moment

At a recent charity gala event, I met some lovely people working on development and health projects overseas. When they talk about their approach, they say all the right things: They work with the local people on the ground, rather … Continue reading

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Let’s Fight, Y’All

I got into a bit of a scrap on Twitter the other day. It happens a fair bit, as a matter of fact. I see some tweet or statement that I have an issue with, or that I can see … Continue reading

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Follow Your Heart, But Take Your Head With You

I saw some folks promoting an event “for charity” last week on Twitter. I had to ask – which charity? Why that one? It led to quite a long conversation, eventually drawing in the event organizer. She was able to … Continue reading

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What Good Are You In the Market For?

Imagine if you walked into a hardware store and asked for the best tool they have. I’m willing to bet the hardware store worker would immediately ask what you need the tool to do. They wouldn’t be able to identify … Continue reading

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Charity Problems That Need Solving

Have you ever noticed how advertisers invent problems so they can sell us the solution? Do we really need a beer can to change colour when it’s cold? How many of us have to have a pickup truck that can … Continue reading

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Where’s Your Line in the Sand?

Last week, one of my favourite local bloggers, KikkiPlanet, wrote a piece about why she’s decided to stop supporting the Wild Rose political party. For the record, I tend to agree with her, but Kikki’s article and the debate that … Continue reading

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The Savvy Do Gooder Take on Budget 2012

Last week, a new federal budget came out here in Canada, with some items on charities.They’re mostly about stricter financial reporting rules around political activities and foreign donations, and an $8 million dollar audit is planned to make sure that … Continue reading

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The Break Up: Getting out of a bad charity relationship

There are so many good ideas out there; programs and initiatives that either look great, or like they could be great with a little help. Getting into a charitable activity is often easy, especially if it’s grass roots and informal. … Continue reading

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