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Normaly I send the Place2Give Foundation quarterly update out by email to our donors instead of posting it as a blog. I am posting it as a blog this time as I think there is an interesting story behind the numbers.

Place2Give was created to help donors with strategic, tactical philanthropy. A donor advised fund in Canada and the US we designed the foundation to use data as a jumping off point to create giving plans that are impactful. With the sale of Dexterity Ventures Inc. to Good Done Great the need for a technical backend for the foundation became somewhat unnecessary.  Over the summer the Board of Directors for Place2Give have been looking at different opportunities to continue supporting our donors and the charities that they, in turn, support.  More about the new direction will be shared in early 2018.

I am not a religious person by any stretch of the imagination. I have however, in the past shared some of my spiritual journey within the Jewish community in past blogs.  This post is one such missive.

This evening is Erev Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. This year, as in past years (though not every year) I attended, what I think is the most beautiful service in the Jewish liturgy - Kol Nidre. It is on this evening that, for those who believe, the gates of heaven open and our prayers rise to God for It to determine if we are worthy of another year on earth AND if that year will be a good one or a not so good one.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in the Rainforest Alberta summit.  The Rainforest is a group of entrepreneurs, community economic development experts, academics and government agencies that are looking at how we can improve Alberta's Innovation Ecosystem.  There are six categories of innovation that we are measuring against are: Leadership, Role Models, Activities/Engagement, Culture, Resources, Framework/Infrastructure/Policies.  

As we walked through where we are in the ecosystem development process I looked around the room and it struck me that we are a very privileged and resilient group.  We can "afford" to talk about risk taking and disruption because we know how to access a safety net.  But what about those who don't have that luxury?