Just in time for Passover what are the 10 plagues of Philanthropy?

Passover, the Jewish holiday welcoming in the spring, remembering the freedom from slavery in Egypt and reflecting on the role that individuals and families play in society is also the holiday of asking questions. Children are encouraged to think critically of the story of Exodus, adults come prepared with topics for discussion of current events as it pertains to culture, ethics, politics and humanity and debates become an “around the table” all night affair. So I thought it fitting that we question the relationship between the 10 Plagues that God brought down on Pharaoh at the behest of Moses to create an escape route for the Israelites and how those plagues can be reflected in today’s philanthropic climate.

I have recenlty been posting philanthropy related blogs on the Karma & Cents blog.  One of my most recent posts is in response to the GlobalTV news report on the Poppy Fund and

Every year we post a list of some of the organizations that Place2Give Foundation Canada and US Donors and Karma & Cents clients have supported during the year.  Here is the list of this year's organizations, all of which can be found and supported through Place2Give.

Calgary, Alberta - At Place2Give we strive to connect the power of consumer behaviour with the act of giving.  Every year of the billions of dollars are spent of the holiday gifts purchased in in North America, over $100Billion will be spent in the form of a Gift Card.  In fact, according to Gift Card Granny, 93% of people have either bought or gifted a card.  We want to encourage people to continue to purchase gift cards AND make charitable contributions at the same time.  TheCardThatGives is just that type of giving vehicle.  You buy a gift card, give it to a friend and they redirect the face value to any one of Canada’s 90,000 charities.  

National Philanthropy Day is on November 15.  Leading up to this day organizations around the world are hosting events celebrating the generosity of people and businesses in their communities.This got me thinking about the concept of philanthropy in relationship to the role that leaders play in shaping our social fabric.

Charitable organizations are familiar with logic models as they are a generally accepted method of reporting on what a project will be doing and what it intends to accomplish as a result of those activities.  In some cases, th

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?

**Image Credit: Artist, Mandy Stobo

This October Calgarians are being invited to the polls to vote in their new municipal leadership.  I don't consider myself a political person, but I am engaged in my community and as such municipal elections are important to me.  In previous posts around election time I have written about the role that philanthropists, charities and social businesses can play in supporting and pushing the needle on policy discussions.  Discussions like what George Brookman has been leading around the Penny Tax for the arts, or what a group of technologists and entrepreneurs are doing with #CivicTech and #CodeForCanada and #CodeForAmerica.  This post is about what happens when a city is tied to an industry and thinks that by doing business as usual we will get different results (insanity, comes to mind).  It is also about looking beyond this election cycle and this one politician's role, to that of a multi-generational view, where I am not going to directly benefit from some of the policies set forth in his platform, but my nephews and their kids will.

This past weekend I had the privledge of joining a number of food bloggers and media folks at a very special announcement made by Modern Steak Owner, Stephen Deere.  Stephen along with the owner of Benchmark Farms, Michael Munton shared a new joint venture - Modern Steak has bought a bull! This means that offspring from this bull will be used as one of the meat sources for Modern Steak, tying the consumer directly to the producer.  A cradle-to-cradle consumption model.

No, I am not talking about a Dr. Seuss story.  FISH is an acronym for:

·         Financial

·         Intellectual

·         Social

·         Human

·         [Enterprise]


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