The following is a select number of news items and charitable giving insights:
2016 May - Fort McMurray disaster - intelligent giving for disaster relief and recovery
There has been enormous media interest in how best to donate to help Fort McMurray's recovery and Charity Intelligence's focus on Fort McMurray's overlooked local charities.
Globe & Mail May 13, Janet McFarland and Jill Mahoney "Red Cross working fast to distribute funds to Fort McMurray residents"
CBC Radio interview May 6 with Carol Off, As It Happens "Why is Ottawa only matching donations to the Red Cross"
CBC Radio Metro Morning (Toronto) May 11 with Matt Galloway "Intelligent Giving"
Wisdom Gained: Lessons learned the hard way in disaster relief and recovery. The how-to manual on rebuilding a Canadian community after a disaster, compiled by the Township of Slave Lake. This 44-page pdf is an excellent primer for understanding disaster relief and recovery with charitable giving insights.
May 10, 2016 Stanford Social Innovation Review: The Next Frontier in Social Impact Measurement Isn't Measurement at All: Why we need skilled analysts to improve social capital markets.
Ci's former colleague Kate Ruff, PhD candidate at the Schulich School of Business, founding board director of Social Value Canada, award winning writer, with Sara Olsen, "Excellent article with many great insights to the practical side of measuring social impact."
BMO 2014 Philanthropy Survey: Canadian donors give for impact yet 43% are not sure if a charity will wisely spend their donation.
CBC: Potential medical benefits of Apirin: Can Aspirin treat breast cancer? Why aren't we trying to find out?
This news story raises critical questions that shine the spotlight on cancer
Canada Revenue Agency: How do I choose the right charity?
A video about researching charities to give with more confidence.
Does a historical lack of demand for data in the social sector reflect a lack of genuine problem-solving?
Social Impact Analysts Association: Will there ever be a common social reporting standard?, Harry Hoare, Social Finance UK
Harry Hoare comments on Ci Analyst, Kate Ruff's, SIAA conference keynote address on social reporting standards.
ZOOMER Radio AM 740: The Zoomer Week in Review Podcast, Libby Znaimer (LISTEN)
This week on the Zoomer Week In Review, Libby gets some Charity Intelligence with Karen Greve-Young. The podcast is an interview supplement to the full report by Libby Znaimer printed in the July/August 2012 Zoomer Magazine.
ZOOMER Magazine: Acts of Charity (Money/Advice)
Before you give, says Libby Znaimer, find out where your money is going.
"Too often people make a donation without thinking how much of this money is going to the charity itself," says Karen Greve-Young of Charity Intelligence Canada. She feels there are a few key questions every donor should ask. "How much of this money is going to achieve real impact? What are the programs this money will actually go to? And is this a charity where I can have the biggest impact on either saving lives or improving treatment or experience for Canadians?"...
(This article was reproduced with permission from the July/August issue of Zoomer Magazine)
Toronto's Metro Morning host, Matt Galloway, spoke with Bri Trypuc about Informed Giving and clothing donations. (Audio. runs 5:42)
The business of collecting donated clothes, selling them in local thrift stores and shipping them overseas has become so lucrative it has created a cut-throat turf war in Ontario. One man in the industry said competition for routes in the past two to three years has become "violent."...
The National Post: Overwhelmed by charity
Charities seeking donations have inundated seniors such as Janet Simms-Baldwin with cards, gifts and address labels "by the thousands."
With so many charities and charitable gift options to choose from this holiday season, Bri Trypuc of Donor Services at Charity Intelligence Canada looks at how a new website can help you decide where your money will do the most good. (Video. Runs 4:00)
A Toronto charity that went from receiving zero donor dollars one year to $60 million the next raised “serious red flags” for an independent agency that evaluates Canadian charities...
Nineteen of Canada’s 100 largest charities do not release their full audited financial statements to the public and refused to provide them to an independent agency that evaluates charities...
Star athletes are uniquely positioned to generate charitable donations within the city in which they play, and their teams often rely heavily on their drawing power when it comes to the big business that is sports philanthropy.
Globe and Mail: Here's how we can be both smart and good (Margaret Wente)
[Charity Intelligence] thinks the Canadian Cancer Society has some explaining to do. About why - proportionally - it's spending less on research...and more on fundraising. It raises the question: Are you - as the donor - aware of where your money is going when you donate. It's part of an investigation by CBC Television's Marketplace. Greg Thomson is with Charity Intelligence in Toronto. That new non-profit organization that researches and analyzes Canada's charities to help you make better decisions. (Audio. Runs 5:34)
Cancer in Canada Media Release: Framing the Crisis and Previewing the Opportunity for Donors