Volunteer Opportunity

July 9th, 2010   •   Comments Off on Volunteer Opportunity   

After 10 years of being hosted at an indoor venue, The Word On The Street Halifax is moving back to the street! On September 26, 2010, Victoria Park (corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park) will be host to the nation-wide festival that celebrates reading, writing and literacy.

Festival organizers are currently seeking volunteers interested in becoming involved in this year’s event. For more information, contact Colleen Ritchie at halifax@thewordonthestreet.ca.  (Please put the word volunteer in the subject line).

Client Case Study: Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation

July 7th, 2010   •   Comments Off on Client Case Study: Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation   

Located in Sidney, Nova Scotia, the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation helps ensure the very best quality of health care for all residents of Cape Breton Island. In 2009, the Foundation was mid-point in a campaign to fund an expanded and fully-equipped Cancer Centre to provide on-Island cancer treatment for Cape Bretoners.

The Foundation turned to The Research Store to provide in-depth prospect briefs on a number of key potential donors it had yet to approach.

“The support and information we received from Anne and Carolyn was invaluable. It helped ensure the success of our Cape Breton Cares campaign,” says Foundation CEO Barbara Stead-Coyle. “Our campaign goal was $3.6 Million and the final total raised was $5.5 Million,” she adds.

Congratulations to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation on a hugely successful capital campaign! This achievement will impact the lives of the residents of Cape Breton for years to come.

Client Case Study: CESO

June 21st, 2010   •   Comments Off on Client Case Study: CESO   

Canadian Executive Service Organization

Toronto-based Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) is a not-for-profit organization that helps to build proud independent communities. Over 2,800 distinguished Volunteer Advisers (VAs) on the CESO roster share their professional experience by serving as mentors, advisers and trainers to clients and partners at home and abroad.

CESO’s Ryan Blackwell is responsible for fund development and sponsor relations for the organization. He turned to The Research Store for customized training on how to identify his organization’s most promising potential funders. Read more

"A" is for Assessment

February 18th, 2010   •   Comments Off on "A" is for Assessment   

In January we talked about prospect identification – where to look for those individuals, corporations and foundations with potential to support your organization. And our January 27th post, Know thy Donor,  Read more

Friday Funny

February 5th, 2010   •   2 Comments   

In 2009, we focused on passing along a useful tip, tool or technique with our Friday Freebies postings. This year, we’ll try to round out your week with a bit of levity. Because, as Woody Allen once said, “I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose”. Read more

Donations are Investments Too

February 2nd, 2010   •   Comments Off on Donations are Investments Too   

A great article from the Financial Post:
Donations are investments too

How Does Your Garden Grow?

January 29th, 2010   •   Comments Off on How Does Your Garden Grow?   

It’s true confession time. I am, at best, a lazy gardener. My garden has never looked so beautiful, nor been so healthy, as the day before I took possession of my home. Read more

Where’s Waldo (aka Your Donors)?

January 28th, 2010   •   Comments Off on Where’s Waldo (aka Your Donors)?   

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Can you spot the donor? Unlike Waldo, potential donors can’t easily be identified by their striped shirts, hats and leggings. And before you begin to cultivate prospective donors, you need to know where to find them. Read more

Know thy Donor

January 27th, 2010   •   Comments Off on Know thy Donor   

There has been a fair amount of healthy debate this week, over at The Agitator blog, about the effectiveness of donor screening tools, the use of CRM (Constituent Relationship Management) systems, and the validity of the traditional donor pyramid model, as they relate to securing major gifts. Read more

2010 – Year of the Donor?

January 18th, 2010   •   Comments Off on 2010 – Year of the Donor?   

I’m just now getting around to reading Roy MacGregor’s Dec. 21st column in the Globe and Mail. In it, he talks about how we’re innundated with at-the-cash donation requests over the holiday season and wonders if this has created donor fatigue – perhaps contributing to the Salvation Army falling short of its 2009 Kettle Appeal goal. Read more

Friday Freebie

November 27th, 2009   •   Comments Off on Friday Freebie   

I personally am not a “tweeter”, but for those of you out there who are, TweetDeck is a desktop tool that allows you to manage and follow all of your tweets in one spot. The Adobe Air-based software provides multiple customizable columns that auto-update as new tweets arrive. Read more

Friday Freebies

November 20th, 2009   •   Comments Off on Friday Freebies   

Slideshare is an online tool that allows you to upload and share Power Point presentations and other documents. You can share publicly or privately, making it a great resource for learning (so thanks to all who have publicly shared their informative presentations).

Another great feature of Slideshare is the ability to add audio – allowing you to create your own webinars. And membership is free.

Happy Friday!

Friday Freebie

November 13th, 2009   •   Comments Off on Friday Freebie   

So many reasons to check out GIMP, a PC Magazine Hall of Fame inductee, it’s hard to know where to start. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) has provided Photoshop-like tools at no charge for over a decade. GIMP allows you to professionally edit and re-touch photos and images for personal and professional use. Have a photo that you’d like to use on your website or in you Case for Support, but it’s not “quite right”? Try making it perfect with GIMP.

Happy Friday the 13th!

Friday Freebie

October 30th, 2009   •   Comments Off on Friday Freebie   

The HR Council for the Voluntary & Non-profit Sector website offers a comprehensive (and free) resource to help non-profit employees, managers and board members better understand and manage issues relating to human resources. The HR Toolkit is available online at:


Happy Friday!

Friday Freebie

October 23rd, 2009   •   Comments Off on Friday Freebie   

That was quite a hiatus I took – my apologies. It’s been a busy month, with travel to Ontario, Maine and New Hampshire. By rights, I should owe you about four Freebies, so I’ll do my best to make good on that.

  1. If you’re in the market for volunteers, or you’re looking to promote your upcoming event, visit The Nova Scotia Volunteer Forum: http://www.nsvolunteerforum.ca/ (it’s free!)
  2. Funding Opportunities for Youth-serving Organizations. Check out today’s post, under “On Giving” at http://www.bloomfornonprofits.com/
  3. Funding opportunity – True Sport Community Fund: Funding to help children and youth participate in sports. Visit http://www.truesportfoundation.ca/ for details
  4. This one may seem like a no-brainer, but if you find yourself with hours of research to do and you’re not sure where and how to start, check out your local library, either online or in person. You might be surprised at what you find there.

Happy Friday!