#givingtuesday, I didn’t.

#givingtuesday, I didn’t.

It feels blasphemous to admit that I didn’t buy into Giving Tuesday.  I’m certain this admission will count against me in the do-gooders tally.  On Giving Tuesday, I silently floated through the day afraid to admit my concerns.  It was only after a glass...
Pennies for Charity and Copper for Government?

Pennies for Charity and Copper for Government?

Canada getting rid of the penny has given me some good food for thought over the past few days, particularly since there has been promotion of charities using their ‘drive’ mentality to collect pennies from the public as a fundraising mechanism. The...
How does it feel? Update: Small Change Fund Thank You Notes

How does it feel? Update: Small Change Fund Thank You Notes

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my interest in how online giving platforms “feel”.  My interest is in an attempt to understand how we can better humanize online giving and make the peer-to-peer connection stronger. In my example, I talked about a...
Social Finance as a Design Challenge

Social Finance as a Design Challenge

Last week, I wrote to IDEO and recommended that, along with food production and maternal health, they should add ‘social finance’ as a design challenge on their OpenIDEO site.  I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email, from a real person, acknowledging my...

A Supply-Demand Imbalance?

A few weeks ago, I sat in a conversation about social finance amongst the community economic development (CED) crowd in Calgary. Together, we had a great conversation surrounding Canadian demand for slow money, patient capital, and discounted community mortgages. The...
Wait, I don’t quite understand your funding.

Wait, I don’t quite understand your funding.

Last week, at the Advancing Social Enterprise event hosted by The Calgary Foundation and SVP Calgary, I got quite a few questions about Trico Foundation funding.  Clarity around our funding is in the eye of the beholder.  While we’ve attempted to articulate it on our...

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