Part 2- Setting a big goal - ending poverty - and making results measurable

CHANGING LIVES. BUILDING COMMUNITIES. TRANSFORMING TORONTO.

How The Yonge Street Mission set out to create measureable progress

Second of a two-part conversation with CEO Angie Draskovic

Donors of all kinds want measurable results. I began exploring this theme in an earlier post here.

Setting a big goal - ending poverty - and making results measurable - part 1

CHANGING LIVES. BUILDING COMMUNITIES. TRANSFORMING TORONTO.

How The Yonge Street Mission set out to create measureable progress

First of a two-part conversation with CEO Angie Draskovic

Donors of all kinds want measurable results. I began exploring this theme in an earlier post here

The success of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Measuring results for many charities is tricky. Helping people grasp reality is a good start.

In 1992, I first noticed Philip Seymour Hoffman; he was playing a young student in Scent of a Woman. In the 1996 movie Twister, he added whirlwind energy as a manic storm chaser. and strongly registered with me.  

But in 1999’s Magnolia, his performance as a compassionate nurse providing palliative care to Jason Robards moved me and made me a fan. And his 2005 Oscar-winning role as author Truman Capote was unnerving.

Hostages to Fear or Agents of Hope?

Fear-based choices send us down the wrong road

 

Is a renewed “contagion of fear” taking hold in the charitable sector? 

There's lots to fear in current events and the economy. My RSPs are making no money, the world is in turmoil, Canada’s economic prospects have dimmed and on and on.

Blunt or presumptuous?

When elevating sights among donors, finesse is important but relationship trumps all

Recently I was at a committee table of staff and volunteers planning a capital campaign. It’s always energizing when we start to put in place the team that will change a campaign from a possibility to a reality.

Who owns the donor information in your head?

We know what and who we know. How do we ethically steward that information?

Originally posted January 26, 2016 by AFP Toronto at  http://afptoronto.org/blog/who-owns-the-donor-information-in-your-head/

Google matching gifts for refugees make me edgy

I'm wary but $25 seemed a fair price to see how this unfolds.



When an appeal from Google to help refugees appeared in my browser toolbar yesterday (above), I was intrigued by what might be down the yellow brick road. So I clicked "Donate" The screen below opened.

Donations for Nepal are acts of pure faith

Donors need signals of trustworthiness to help them give

The world has mobilized to help stricken Nepalese in the wake of a massive earthquake on S aturday April 25. As ear ​ly as Sunday workers began arriving amid scenes of horrible loss and devastation, and a pervasive climate of fear.

SAY WHAT?

Eight Whats of Donor Communications

Whether a capital campaign, a pre-campaign study, a major donor strategy, or an annual fund appeal, successful fundraising is always the execution of a good communications strategy. One of my challenges in donor communications is the compulsion to try to say everything, and in an artful way. So instead of writing a book, I distilled 30 years of thinking about donor communications into this table.

- Larry Matthews

 

Favourites of 2014

Before last year completely fades from memory,

some appeals and promotions I thought stood out

- Larry Matthews

 

Great leveraging of volunteers: CITIZEN SCIENTISTS