We can’t afford to take charities for granted

Many forms of caring and cultural enrichment need lots of dedicated people to be fully realized and charities multiply the common good

We can’t afford to take charities for grantedHAMILTON, Ont. Nov. 30, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Imagine you're the crew of a ship sailing from Italy to Canada. You arrive in Hamilton, Ont., only to discover that complications related to the sale of your vessel means it's in limbo in the harbour, you with it. Who will look after you? This happened to the…

The power of asking a simple question

Some schools in Liberia are well supplied with materials because of the power one Canadian student asked a simple question

The power of asking a simple questionPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. Sept. 29, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Teacher and motivational speaker Jack Canfield tells us, “Take the risk to ask for whatever you need and want. If someone says no, you are no worse off than when you started. If someone says yes, you are a lot better off.” Following Canfield’s principle can benefit…

We can all help the healing in Fort McMurray

Canadians are among the most generous people in the world but we can give even more

We can all help the healing in Fort McMurrayRED DEER, Alta. May 11, 2016/Troy Media/ - Astonishing cataclysmic events happen around the world so regularly – but so far from our doorsteps – that Canadians often feel insulated and immune. Fort McMurray’s extraordinary disaster should change that. In this case, the tragedy feels so personal – and cuts so deep – that it…

People often don’t give charity, they buy it

If you want some kind of payback for your generosity, is it really charity?

People often don’t give charity, they buy it//  charity  charity [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/03/people-often-dont-give-charity-buy/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/charity/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]charity[/popup]  [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] RED DEER OUT RED DEER, Alta. March 10, 2016/ Troy Media/ - We're all busy at this time of year getting documents together for our tax returns. Did you find all your charitable…

The real work of Christmas begins after Christmas

The season of giving should remind us how to live the rest of the year

The real work of Christmas begins after ChristmasThe company has gone. The tree flops sadly at the curbside. The decorations are stowed away for another year. As we resume our normal activities, the feel-good generosity and goodwill of Christmas fade. With the Salvation Army kettles out of sight, the needs of others are out of mind. Howard Thurman, an African American whose…

Trudeau’s tax the wealthy election promise bad news for charities

The Trudeau government's election promise to add a new tax bracket for the wealthy could hurt donations this Christmas

Trudeau’s tax the wealthy election promise bad news for charitiesDownload this column on the Trudeau government's tax the wealthy promise Terms and Conditions of use RED DEER, Alta. Dec. 7, 2015/ Troy Media/ - There was a time in my life when I felt I was rich. My wife and I had paid off the mortgage, we had no car or credit card debt, our…

Next generation ready to assume not-for-profit leadership

Many old NGOs are failing to recruit the next generation for two basic reasons

Next generation ready to assume not-for-profit leadershipDownload this column on the not-for-profit sector Terms and Conditions of use VANCOUVER, B.C. Dec. 7, 2015/ Troy Media/ - It literally had to happen. The rejuvenation of Canada’s not-for-profit boards is underway. As Boomers enter their mid-60s, and retirements begin to move them out of the nation’s offices, factories and small businesses, so do…

How to say ‘yes’ to pro bono work

Calling it ’knowledge philanthropy’ rather than ‘pro bono’ makes me feel like I am giving, rather than giving something away

How to say ‘yes’ to pro bono workDownload this column on pro bono work Terms and Conditions of use VANCOUVER, B.C. Dec 3, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Tuesday was Giving Tuesday, a day when we recognize philanthropy and encourage each other to give time and money to causes we care about. The not-for-profit sector dramatically improves our communities and the lives of our…

Nine best practices for your e-newsletter

Still a great digital marketing tool

Nine best practices for your e-newsletterDownload this column for your publication or website EDMONTON, AB, May 20, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Of the more than 50 blogs I’ve written this year, readers favour those about e-newsletters. It should come as no surprise. E-newsletters drive traffic to your site. Although e-newsletter open rates are declining about 1 per cent per year,…

Buck up Alberta, you’ve got more than oil

Albertans always find ways to create opportunity out of adversity

Buck up Alberta, you’ve got more than oilBuck up Alberta, you’ve got more than oil FREE to subscribers CALGARY, AB, Apr 1, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The year I settled in Calgary, it snowed in July. I thought I’d fallen into a cold version of hell. Adding to my misery, it was the early 90s and the oil and gas industry was in…