Amy Lewis

Guest Blogger: Amy Lewis is currently completing her Bachelor of Communications-Public Relations Degree at Mount Royal University with an anticipated graduation Summer 2010.  Amy has diverse range communication experience.  Including marketing, media relations and, event planning. For her first internship Amy held the position of marketing coordinator for WorldSkills Calgary 2009.  Amy enjoys exploring the variety of options that Public Relations presents.

I guess it would be rude of me to tell you all bout my 2010 resolutions without a brief introduction. I am the current intern here at Dexterity Consulting and am finishing my degree in public relations at Mount Royal University. Originally from PEI, my education, curiosity and sense of adventure have allowed me to live and play in various locations. I am a beach bum at heart, with a keen thirst for traveling who is anxiously awaiting for the next big gust of wind to blow to my next destination.

It is generally understood that private foundations can give money to any project as long as that project is for charitable purposes.  As this is fairly general the opportunities abound.  Limitations arise when you start seeing yourself solely as a grant-maker.  The focus of this post is on reassessing your assets as a private foundation.

Recently there has been much discussion in the blogging and print world about Kiva.  I am not going to weigh in on this debate because it just speaks back to my earlier blogs about questions to ask before making a donation.

Just a quick post to say congratulations to this years National Philanthropy Day honourees.  The message that I got out of today's luncheon and the presentation is one of hope.  As we are climbing (slowly) out of turbulent economic times it was amazing and very HOPEFUL to hear about ways that people were stepping up to the plate and supporting our communities.

On Dec. 8, 2008 I posted the following blog on being $5, $10 and $20 to death around holiday giving.  This year it looks like there is a change in the air - perhaps it is the economy, perhaps it is that people are starting to re-evaluate what their needs v.

Today was an exciting day - I had my first blog-radio interview! 

Happy International Day of Peace!  It's fitting that I am writing about anonymous giving in this blog post, as we recognize peace today.  The power that giving can have on global systems is huge.  I believe that the effects of integrating community investing in overall social constructs plays a big part in how groups within society interact and manage their relationships. 

I gave a presentation this morning to a group of wealth managers at a large investment firm in Calgary.  It was a fairly informal conversation around what my services are and things were chugging along until I was asked, "What organizations are on your top list?" 

In a recent blog post, Charity Navigator highlights the Top 10 Best Practises of Savvy Donors.  This post is directed at the American donor, but the basic premise can be applie

I have been thinking a lot about the word "Philanthropy" lately.  Not because linguistics fascinates me, but because more and more frequently I am hearing from people how they are not "philanthropists".  This is usually in the context of the dollar value of which they donate, not their nature or charitable tendencies.

The word philanthropy comes from the Greek philanthropos, the love of mankind - Phil = Loving and Anthropos = Mankind.  Our use of the word philanthropy as it pertains to charitable donations was not brought into the common English lexicon until 1730.  At that point it time it was not associated with any value beyond someone who donated to charity.  In fact, it wasn't until major family foundations like Kellogg, Carnegie and Ford came along that the word took on the "large-dollar" value connotations.