The Place2Give Foundation’s Southern Alberta Emergency Relief Fund has continued to hear back from the agencies that received donations and we want to take this opportunity to share the information and provide an additional update.

In this second in a series of blogs about the Place2Give GivingTuesday Fund, we want to encourage our readers to give more this holiday season.

Many people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday... now GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on December 3, 2013.  It is a new Canadian day of giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  The “Opening day of the giving season,” GivingTuesday is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favorite causes and think about others.  The goal is to heighten the importance of giving, improve attitudes, and increase giving and volunteering behaviour.  We have two days that are good for the economy.  Now we have a day that is good for the community too.

This year, on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Place2Give is proudly joining a call to action that will help make history.  We are partners in GivingTuesday Canada, a new national day dedicated to giving and volunteering.

Non-profits, families, business, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together across the country and rally for their favorite causes.  This movement celebrates giving and encourages more, better, and smarter giving and volunteering during the giving season.  Leading up to December 3rd, the GivingTuesday campaign will provide a platform to rally volunteers and raise funds for the charities of our choice.  We encourage everyone to be a part of GivingTuesday.

Several months ago I presented at the Purposeful Planning Institute in Denver, CO.  I had the privilege of meeting with and exchanging ideas with some of North America’s thought leaders on social change and family counsel.  As you can imagine I was beside myself in excitement with discussion around wealth and social visions.  One such presenter that got my brain buzzing, was Jay Hughes, author, researcher and provocateur.  He presented on the four noble professions and it got me thinking about how these professions are represented (or not) within the social enterprise and social profit space. 

A couple of weeks ago the Dexterity Ventures team attended FinovateFall in New York, NY. 

Finovate is the foremost conference reviewing the latest in banking and financial technology.  Place2Give was one of the companies chosen to present and demo our technology and the feedback we received was extremely positive. 

During the demo, we introduced the new Place2Give website as well as announced v1.0 of the Place2Give Advisor Toolbox.

The summer months have been busy managing the Place2Give Foundation Southern Alberta Emergency Relief Fund.  We have been hearing back from many of the agencies that have received donations from the Fund and wanted to share some of the feedback.

In our ongoing commitment to share how funds are being spent from the Place2Give Southern Alberta Emergency Relief Fund here is an excerpt from a letter received from the YWCA.  This organization, as many others, incurred several unexpected costs associated with overtime, mileage not the least of which were the actual relocation costs.

I am attending the Purposeful Planning Rendezvous with 200 other financial, legal, and philanthropic advisors in Broomfield, CO.  Over the course of the next 48 hours we will be sharing best practises in the various areas of expertise that we each share.

I wasn’t satisfied with the answer I received from the Red Cross as to how they spent $5.5MM in Alberta on flood relief efforts.  So I asked the question again, but more pointedly.  I want to know the answer not only for accountability purposes; I want to know because Place2Give Foundation has $1MM (some of which is undesignated) that we are in the process of disbursing to grassroots organizations and we want to make sure that we are stewarding our donors dollars effectively.

The other day I shared a post with questions that I have asked the Red Cross regarding their donation policies and proceedures.

Here are the answers:

There have been several questions asked of me lately about how the Red Cross will be using donations raised for the #ABFlood.  I have been having a Twitter conversation with @KarenSnider in the hopes of getting some clarity around things.  This conversation started because there was conflicting information being shared on the website and in the media.  

Here are the questions that I have asked Karen who works for Red Cross:

Guest Blogger: Jennifer Kohlhammer - is a communications specialist and passionate storyteller. Her background in communications studies combined with her love of people and belief in the power of story have allowed her many incredible experiences working in social development and human capacity building around the world. Jennifer is a Calgary-based communications consultant and the Communications Director for Bridges Social Development.

June 28, 2013

Canada Bridges Social DevelopmentJust one week after Southern Alberta’s historic ‘hundred year flood’, the people of Siksika Nation, located Southeast of Calgary, Alberta, remain strong and capable. Siksika was amongst the hard-hit communities during the flood, with 163 homes left underwater, more than 1,000 people evacuated from their homes, and the entire community being affected by water and power loss. And yet, with the support of volunteers from neighbouring communities, Siksika rallied together, working around the clock to ensure the health and safety of their people.