Author: Peter Cantelon, Executive Director If you are part of a member-based, board-run organization (like a not-for-profit) and you struggle to get enough members to even fill your board then you need to ask whether your organization should continue to exist. The traditional structure of a not-for-profit is as follows: members are the base of… Read more →
Change How you Give to Charity
Author: Peter Cantelon, Executive Director A little while ago I was watching a TED Talk by philanthropy advisor Jasmijn Melse, author of “Your Guide through the Charity Jungle” and it really spoke to me and I thought it might speak to you. How do I create more impact with my legacy? How do I ensure… Read more →
Low Interest Rates and Non-Profits
Author: Peter Cantelon, Executive Director For the past several years Canada has been enjoying some very low interest rates. For the most part this has been a good thing but this depends on who you are. If you are looking to purchase a house, a car or take out a personal loan than the interest… Read more →
Stability in Non-Profits
Author: Peter Cantelon, Executive Director The words “non-profit” and “long-term stability” can seem antagonistic to one-another if you have been in the space for any length of time. Having worked in the non-profit sector for almost 20 years now and about the same amount of time in the for-profit sector I can tell you no… Read more →
Do You Know What’s Affordable?
Author: Peter Cantelon, Executive Director Welcome to 2022! It’s a new year with new opportunities for hope and new challenges to overcome. One of those challenges is the obstacle of affordability, especially understanding what it is and how to measure it. What is affordable? Well affordable is different to different people – it depends on… Read more →
Stuff Matters: Mental Health, Poverty and Inequality
Author: Peter Cantelon, Executive Director With the holiday season well under way people are rushing around buying gifts, considering where they will donate, and generally thinking about others in a way the rest of the year may not encourage as much. Whoever coined the term “money can’t buy happiness” was likely someone with money. They… Read more →
Are Non-Profits Crucial to the Economy?
Author: Peter Cantelon, Executive Director How important are non-profits to the economy? This is a question many have asked over the years in many ways. Frankly, this is a question that fits into the category of “gut feel” for a lot of people. People either “know” non-profits contribute or they “know” that they don’t. For… Read more →
The Critical Nature of Cross-sector Collaboration
Author: Peter Cantelon, Executive Director There is strength in unity. Perhaps you have heard it said a rope of many cords is stronger than a single cord on its own. The principle is the same. When you have multiple people or organizations jointly committed to a goal or objective success is more likely. In the… Read more →
The Complexity and Simplicity of Poverty
Author: Peter Cantelon, Executive Director Poverty. One word and you already have images in your mind. Perhaps you see World Vision commercials playing or maybe that homeless person you walk past on the way to work. Maybe you think of other countries and other people. A person’s understanding and perceptions are shaped by their experience…. Read more →
Is Ethical Investment the Way of the Future?
Author: Peter Cantelon, Executive Director What a loaded title. Especially when being written by an organization like Jubilee Fund that focuses on ethical investment and social finance. You would expect us to say yes and you would be right but we want to make sure you understand why. To that end let’s take a look… Read more →