Music events support Calgary Military Family Resource Centre

The Roundup Music Fest on July 10 and the Oxford Stomp on July 12 rely on corporate support

Music events support Calgary Military Family Resource CentreTwo annual concerts during the Calgary Stampede are raising money again this year in support of the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre. The centre’s mandate is to assist Canadian Forces personnel and their families cope with unique military lifestyle challenges. Proceeds from the Stampede concerts will support programs and services, including prevention, support and intervention…

Tackling ovarian cancer head-on

Margot Micallef talks about the The Lady Ball Gala, and what we can all do to support women and battle ovarian cancer

Tackling ovarian cancer head-onMargot Micallef is CEO of Oliver Capital Partners and Gabriella's Kitchen. What does it mean to you being the honorary chair of The Lady Ball Gala coming up? Micallef: I am honoured to be involved in this year’s Lady Ball Gala benefiting Ovarian Cancer Canada. I have yet to meet someone who has not been…

Non-profit and charity executive directors too often isolated

What does a properly functioning board of directors look like and how can its members pull their weight?

Non-profit and charity executive directors too often isolatedIf you’ve ever sat on the board of a non-profit or charity, sports organization or even a company, you’ve probably noticed that most meetings are boring. Usually one person, the president, runs the meeting using Robert’s Rules of Order. After minimal discussion, the board votes on agenda items, provided a quorum has shown up. Without…

Calgary Italian Sportsmen’s Dinner donations top $2 million

Three local student-athletes to receive scholarships as part of this evening’s annual dinner

Calgary Italian Sportsmen’s Dinner donations top $2 millionSince its inception 57 years ago, the Calgary Italian Sportsmen’s Dinner Association has donated more than $2 million to various charitable organizations and schools throughout Calgary. The association has been able to do so thanks to strong support from Calgary’s corporate and professional community, which either sponsors the association’s annual dinner or buys tickets to…

Lifting up Calgarians so they have fulfilled, successful lives

Guy Mallabone of Global Philanthropic Canada talks about how donors have evolved and expectations around giving have changed

Lifting up Calgarians so they have fulfilled, successful livesGuy Mallabone is president and CEO of Global Philanthropic Canada. What is Global Philanthropic and what does it do? Mallabone: Global Philanthropic Canada is a full-service national fundraising consultancy. That means we help non-profit organizations understand how to raise philanthropic support. We help build capacity by teaching the art and science of aligning organizational mission…

Checking out on checkout charity

Customers face making a quick decision and without enough information. Can grocers fix this process?

Checking out on checkout charityMost of us have been asked to donate to charity at the checkout counter, especially at a grocery store. A dollar here, two dollars there adds up. The practice started years ago but appears to be growing. It’s estimated that more $35 million is raised by simply asking Canadians to donate at the cash register.…

Working to ensure there are no hungry kids in Calgary

Tanya Koshowski of Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids talks about links to education, better mental health and avoiding the poverty cycle

Working to ensure there are no hungry kids in CalgaryTanya Koshowski is executive director at Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids. What is Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids and what does it do? Koshowski: Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) is a grassroots-focused and community-funded organization that works with people all over our city to feed kids who would otherwise go without a healthy lunch…

Charitable donations in Alberta rise to $1.6 billion in 2017

But the province had the largest decrease in the number of donors at 4.4 per cent with 585,490 donors in total

Charitable donations in Alberta rise to $1.6 billion in 2017People across Alberta were more generous charitable donors in 2017 from the previous year, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Friday that total donations reported by Alberta tax filers jumped to $1.6 billion in 2017, up 9.1 per cent from 2016. “For Alberta, this was in sharp contrast to the decrease the…

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign $5 million behind goal this year

The fundraising allows Army units in 400 communities help Canadians with the basic necessities of life

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign $5 million behind goal this yearThe Salvation Army is sounding the alarm bell. With only five days until Christmas, the Army’s annual Kettle Campaign is $5.3 million behind its $21-million fundraising goal for this year across Canada. “We rely heavily on our Kettle Campaign to fund our community and social service programs,” said Lt.-Col. John Murray, secretary for communications for…

Charitable giving as a share of income plunges in Canada

Who would have thought the Grinch was Canadian? Of the 15 least-generous jurisdictions in North America, 12 are in Canada

Charitable giving as a share of income plunges in CanadaThe amount of money Canadians donate to registered charities – as a share of their income – has plummeted 32.2 per cent since 2006, according to a new report released Thursday by the Fraser Institute, a public policy think-tank. “Canadians continue to donate less and less every year, which means charities face greater challenges to…