$5 million donation to set up social entrepreneurship centre

Haskayne's Trico Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Centre launched with $5-million gift from Wayne and Eleanor Chiu

$5 million donation to set up social entrepreneurship centreThe University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business has launched a new Trico Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Centre with $5-million gift from Wayne and Eleanor Chiu, BComm’85, through their Trico Charitable Foundation. The donation will go towards U of C’s $1.3-billion Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High. “I believe that, by engaging the University of Calgary,…

Advice in every aspect of a family’s philanthropic journey

Mark Starratt talks about how StarrGazer Advisory Inc. strives to remove roadblocks to economic success

Advice in every aspect of a family’s philanthropic journeyMark Starratt is principal at StarrGazer Advisory Inc. What is StarrGazer and what does it do? Starratt: StarrGazer Advisory Inc. is a consulting firm that I started last year as I was preparing to retire from the investment management industry after more than two decades of serving complex families. I really enjoyed the opportunity to…

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…

Calgary-based global water charity gets a boost

David O'Brien and Geoffrey Cumming will be giving up to $6 million each in CAWST's matching fundraising campaign.

Calgary-based global water charity gets a boostTwo businessmen and philanthropists are providing a multi-million dollar boost to a Calgary-based global water charity. CAWST, Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, has announced significant gifts from David O'Brien and Geoffrey Cumming that will see all new donations matched, up to $12 million. Both will be giving up to $6 million in the…

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…

Why you should build your brand from the inside-out

Having a clear purpose helps organizations stand out from the crowd

Why you should build your brand from the inside-outOne time, while presenting a brand strategy to a client, I could feel myself tearing up. After several years of uncertainty about their direction, they finally had clarity about their real value, and their offering to the market. Their excitement – mixed with joy and relief – was palpable. This new strategy, they said, captured…

Financing solutions instead of funding problems

How Karma & Cents embraces the notion that successful companies are built like communities, on trust with people at the centre

Financing solutions instead of funding problemsGena Rotstein and Richard Ouellette are founders of Karma & Cents. What is Karma & Cents? When did you start it? Why? And what does it do? Answer: The idea of Karma & Cents was started, as many other great ideas do, over a meal, a bottle of wine and great conversation. We (Gena Rotstein…
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