Articles for Executives

Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Walking the talk

The benefits of modelling and encouraging retention Senior leaders who want to keep and develop their staff teams had better demonstrate commitment and longevity in their own careers. That’s what qualifies Paul Alofs and Sherri such conviction about the…

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Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Size doesn’t matter … or not as much as we think

In the mega-urban worldview that sometimes skews Canadian fundraising, it is easy to overlook the specific challenges of staff retention in smaller markets. It’s just as easy to assume that it must be even more difficult to find and keep good fundraisers in smaller markets….

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Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Coherent strategy is the first casualty of high turnover

A long-term history of staff turnover in a charity’s fundraising department is debilitating. Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) President & CEO Andrew Watt sees three trends among charities worldwide, but particularly in North America: 1. Very few charities can change…

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Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Short relationships shrink financial support

The Mackenzie Investments Charitable Foundation isn’t one of Canada’s largest corporate foundations. But we like to think that our relationship-based approach to granting is unique. Every Foundation volunteer (that is, every member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and its Employee Donations…

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Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Supporters and staff turnover

Gifts may drag, work often lags So far in the charitable sector, there has been much more research on how turnover affects charities and individual professionals than on how it affects key supporters. But both supporters and professional staff acknowledge that…

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Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Stats & facts

  Sources: Donor-Centered Leadership, Penelope Burk, 2013 | Penelope Burk, Cygnus Applied Research | Sandra Paquette, SearchSmart

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Issue 1- Summer 2013: Canada’s charities deserve better

Canada’s charitable sector is perhaps our great country’s most valuable resource. it places human decency and kindness above all else. it is not surprising, then, that it has reacted to the recent focus on its cost structure with politeness, diplomacy and tact. The sector…

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