Articles for Executives

Impact: The Journey from Measurement to Meaning

Was there ever a golden age when nearly everyone thought charities were doing a good job? Yes, some demographers say. The Civic generation (born 1945 or earlier) were inclined to trust charities, at least the ones with big names or visible…

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Helpful Examples

Finally, a word about reporting on your impact, once you know what it is. You may be able to arrange site visits, open houses and other kinds of front-line experiences for your key funders. For those individuals, personal experiences are…

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Inputs, Outputs, Outcomes and Impact

“If your decisions are always dollar-driven, you’re not going to have the outcomes you’re looking for,” warns Winnipeg philanthropy consultant Joan Blight. That’s true whether the dollars you’re discussing are spent on program, administration or fundraising. Charities already know, of course, that measuring dollars…

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Telling Donors About Your Impact

  Do your donors ask you what the impact of their gift will be? If that hasn’t happened yet, you need to get ready. No longer are most donors content just to write a cheque to a charity….

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Beyond the Head Count: Measuring Lasting Change

How is our community better because of our work? That may be the toughest question a nonprofit ever has to answer. “We can’t get stuck in outcomes only,” says Humber College Fundraising Management professor Ken Wyman. “As governments cut back…

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Stats and Facts

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Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Letter from Brad Offman

We are absolutely thrilled to be sending you the SECOND ISSUE of Mackenzie Strategic Philanthropy. Each issue has a theme that addresses the practical needs of Canadian charities. In this issue, we examine the significant human resource issues facing the…

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Issue 2 – Fall 2013: How did we end up here?

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Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Staff retention depends on board involvement

Fundraisers rely on board members to play an active role in fundraising so that ambitious goals can be met. Yet as I researched the underlying causes of premature job turnover among fundraisers, I heard them describe boards who: – set…

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Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Tips for taming turnover

Within the next four years, more than half of Canada’s nonprofit executive directors say they will leave their current position. (HR Council, Staffing Trends in Canadian Charities, 2012, June 2013) Yikes! With numbers like that, it’s no wonder we need to be talking more…

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