Archive for February, 2009

Cost of fundraising — when priorities are in conflict

From policy-makers’ offices to the cocktail party circuit, nothing sparks debate quite like posing the question: “What is an acceptable cost of fundraising for charities?” At issue are diametrically opposed positions of fundraising effiiciency versus gross amount raised. In essence we wonder, what is more important? A low cost-to-income ratio or the total amount a […]

More on International Women’s Day

The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women lists events being held across the province in support of International Women’s Day. Please visit their website at:

Growth Trends

In their final newsletter of 2008, Canada Revenue Ageny reports approximately 83,000 currently registered charities and 4,500 new applications submitted every year (with the majority of new applications being approved). If this trend continues, the number of registered charities in Canada could surpass 100,000 by 2015. When non-profits without charitable status are added into the […]

Oxfam Halifax – International Women’s Day

Oxfam Halifax would like to invite you to “Get caught up in the action: Women’s Movements and Change”! To celebrate International Women’s Day we will be holding a dynamic discussion featuring four prominent activists working for greater gender equality locally and internationally. This event will include a lively conversation with panelists, an opportunity to enjoy […]

International Women’s Day

March 8th – International Women’s Day is a day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In addition to being a day of celebration, IWD is also a day of advocay and awareness-building. With female CEOs and prime ministers; young women welcomed into university; the opportunity […]

Gender Pay Equity in the Fundraising Profession: Why is this still an issue?

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) annual Compensation and Benefits Study (2006) reveals that from 2004 to 2005 salaries for professional fundraisers decreased in the United States and remained stable in Canada The average salary for U.S. respondents to the 2006 survey fell to $67,181 in 2005, a 16.7% decrease from the average in 2004. During […]

Transparency and Accountability

Today’s Chronicle Herald features a front-page article on a donor’s discontent with the way her donation was handled by a local charity: Reading the article, one is left with the impression that the donor is not so much upset by the use of the funds, as she is about the apparent lack of transparency. […]

Can Charities Collaborate to Weather the Economic Downturn?

Collaboration brings many benefits to those who choose to embrace it. Increased knowledge, reduced costs and the power of many acting as one, are just a few. Cooperatives are a prime example of how collaboration can work to reduce costs by increasing buying power. When large-scale buyers form a buying group, such as a cooperative, […]