External Resources

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In-Depth knowledge on External Content

A Portrait of Canadian Foundation Philanthropy

A report from Philanthropic Foundations Canada on trends resources, and strategies in community philanthropy in Canada.

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Alternative Investment Funds Publications and Resources

From PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, these publications and resources cover issues surrounding investments other than stocks, bonds and cash.

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Alleged hate groups get tax breaks as registered charities

Three years after the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, one of the groups allegedly involved in inciting violence at the event has been granted tax-exempt status as a charity. And it's not the only organization viewed by some as a hate group that is receiving financial benefits from the federal government in the form of an IRS tax exemption, a CBS News investigation uncovered.

Navigating the Territory: A Guide to Impact Investing for Donors

You can become an impact investor today. This guide created by The Philanthropic Initiative will help you learn the different options you have for aligning your financial assets with your social goals to help for-profit and non-profit social benefit organizations become stronger and more sustainable. If you're an individual, family or foundation intrigued by the opportunities presented through impact investing, this guide will help you get started.

National League of Cities Violence Prevention Tools & Resources

A collection of case studies, strategies and reports from the National League of Cities.

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Fundraising Standard Online Certificate Program

The Standard is a 40 hour program of online learning designed to give participants a thorough introduction to the process of fundraising and get them started on their first fundraising campaign. It provides an introduction to the nonprofit sector and its associated fundraising ethics, before taking the lid off what we know about giving (who gives and why). You'll receive a thorough grounding in the science and practice of communication design and how to raise substantively more money simply by avoiding common errors that nonprofits typically make and focusing on donor satisfaction and wellbeing.

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Carry Your Cash: Supporting Community Finance with Cash Deposits

This guide, published by Confluence Philanthropy, focuses on how a foundation can leverage its assets in service of its mission by investing cash locally through community-based financing. It reviews the different types of depositories, as well as the steps on how to get started carrying your cash, and also features two foundation case studies.

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The SDG Guidebook and Toolkit: A Community Foundation Resource on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Community Foundations of Canada's new resource provides useful tips and frameworks for community foundations across the world to utilize the SDGs.

Canada Giving 2017

An overview of charitable giving in 2017 authored by Charities Aid Foundation. This report looks at trends in charitable giving in Canada. It explores how people of different ages and social groups give, the way they give, the rise of online or text giving, the importance of sponsorship and the different causes people support.

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SPLC and CAIR Report: Hate Free Philanthropy — Identifying Opportunities and Obstacles to Safeguard the Sector

This white paper aims to help decision-makers accelerate existing efforts to address the complex problem of hate-funding in philanthropy — efforts that are slowly converging in different parts of the country and that demonstrate varying degrees of progress.