Charity Talk: How can you compete with changing the skyline?

Charities are entrusted with the lives and wellbeing of the poorest, sickest and most oppressed people in the world. In Canada, the sector generated $246 billion in 2014. How do they view their obligations, chose their priorities and interpret the impact of those choices? In February my book, Cap in Hand: How Charities Are Failing […]

Why AFP needs to be kicked to the curb (and pronto)

If you recall, Wednesday March 8th was International Women’s Day. It was an odd mix this year. As Women’s March organizers were getting arrested in Washington D.C., a WTF attitude and a call to honour the good men in our lives emanated from other quarters. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) with world headquarters in […]

Charity mergers and “wealthy big-name donors”

Truthfully? The world of charities—a world I’ve inhabited for more than 25 years—is beginning to drive me a bit crazy. What are we supposed to think of charities, anyway? Are they a deer in the headlights responding like the proverbial damsel in distress to events beyond their control? Are they made up of scheming profiteers […]

Pink Daffodils or Yellow Ribbons? Questions around the merger of Canadian Cancer Society and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

The question of colour is one of many surrounding the merger of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF). For now, it seems to be hanging in the air alongside rumination around the appearance of next spring’s tulip. It’s out there, but no one’s really put it into words yet. […]

New book baby is on the way!

Attention Gentlest of Blog Readers! My new book baby is on the way from Civil Sector Press! Received cover mock-ups from the publisher today. Pub date is January 20, 2017. Pre-order publicity starts December 12th. Don’t worry. I will definitely keep you posted when that business goes live.  Here’s a sneak peak at the cover. […]

Latest Sick Kids Campaign Puts Fierce New Face on Acquiring New Donors

On October 14, 2016, the Globe and Mail published a story, New, flashy SickKids advertisement aimed at untapped donors. Where, I thought, as someone who has worked in the charitable sector for 25 years, could the untapped markets for the Sick Kids Foundation be hiding? If Torontonians were asked to name one charity, they would […]

What say you, Woody Allen?

The timing is helpful to the analogy. Yesterday in a Toronto courtroom, Jian Ghomeshi, as part of a brokered deal which according to the judge the complainant had a lot of input into, signed a peace bond and apologized to Kathryn Borel for sexually harassing her at work eight years ago. After the settlement, Borel […]

Is there life on Mars?

Yesterday at the BRIT awards in London, after a lovely obituary by Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman, who accepted the rare BRIT Icon Award on Bowie’s family’s behalf, 19-year old singer, Lorde—a young woman David Bowie called the “tomorrow” of music—walked out to centre stage and, backed up by Bowie’s long time touring band, sang Life […]

We’re all Cleveland Indians now. Mark Shapiro, Ross Atkins, David Price, Trudeau’s Nannies and Adele: Your week in review

December 3, 2015 We’re all Cleveland “Indians” now. In an announcement that surprised no one, Mark Shapiro (sha-PIE-row), Blue Jays president and former longtime employee of the Cleveland Indians, hired his former number two guy, also a longtime Cleveland employee, Ross Atkins, as the Blue Jays new General Manager, bumping longtime Jays employee, Tony LaCava, […]

Ron Hynes, French Ambassador, Blue Jays, Candice Bergen and Goldie Hawn – Your Week in Review

November 19, 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Loses its Troubadour Ron Hynes, Newfoundland’s “man of a thousand songs” passed away today at the Health Sciences Complex in St. John’s, the result of having had cancer. Moments after his death was announced, the power went out in downtown St. John’s, the result of a hydro pole catching […]