Tag Archives: Diverse Philanthropic Traditions


The Ethics of Photography in Fundraising and International Development Work

February 13, 2019

As an industry that uses photography to tell stories and raise funds, do some of our practices do more harm than good? I enjoy photography. Not the act of taking photos per se but the act of studying them once they have been taken. My favorite type of photography is portrait photography. That is, photos … Continue reading

Truth and Reconciliation and Philanthropy, AFP Inclusive Giving Fellow perspective

February 12, 2019

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada over a six year period heard testimony from over 6,000 Residential School Survivors from across Canada. In 2015, the Commission released their final reports and 94 calls to action. It is estimated that 150,000 Indigenous children attended the 80 residential schools in Canada. My mother as a young … Continue reading

Yom Kippur’s Universal Lessons

October 21, 2016

Children going back to school, brightly coloured falling leaves and shorter days are universal signs that summer has ended. For the Jewish community, the fall also brings with it a new year. Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year in September or October,the exact date varies from year to year as the Jewish calendar … Continue reading

Becoming a New Indigenous Fundraiser

April 11, 2016

I initially applied to this program to improve my leadership abilities: an ability I think is an essential skill, especially working with/in the Indigenous community. When you choose to become something that only a few people recognize, it becomes a challenge. You have to put yourself in a situation where you stand out. And let … Continue reading

Am I Invited? Fundraising in the Indigenous community

February 12, 2016

When I sat down to write this introductory post to fundraising within the Indigenous community, I realized that it’s actually a rather challenging topic to discuss. I mean, I could give a few recommendations for best practices (Coles notes version: be culturally aware and respectful, share success stories, and make ‘the ask’), or share success … Continue reading

Do It Yourself Philanthropy of Remittance

February 1, 2016

Last summer my brother and his friend were walking home after a long day’s work and they were approached by a peer to peer fundraiser in downtown Toronto, might I add one of the many that we get inundated with throughout the year. He asked them if they would consider sponsoring a child in Sub … Continue reading

The Spirituality of Giving: from a Christian Perspective

January 21, 2016

“You won’t become poorer – but you will become richer by giving.” (Henri Nouwen) There are many reasons why people give, but in this blog post, I’d like to show you one perspective. For most of my career and volunteer experience, I have been working mainly with faith-based organizations, specifically Christian ones. So, I’d like … Continue reading

Fundraising in the Chinese Canadian Community – Chinese New Year

January 8, 2016

This blog post is not exactly a continuation of my previous post on what to be mindful of when engaging the Chinese Community in fundraising. However, if you would like to understand more about my experiences with what the Chinese philanthropy scene is like, you can check out my previous post here. As charities, we … Continue reading

What I Learned From My Parents: An Anecdotal Insight into South Asian Giving

December 18, 2015

“I’ve always given back to the ones who aren’t as lucky as I am. We can all give a little…you know… even if we don’t have a lot.” That’s my mother. A South Asian first-generation immigrant woman. This was from a conversation we had last year during the Christmas holidays at my parents’ house. I … Continue reading

Fundraising in the Chinese Canadian Community

October 23, 2015

I grew up learning about fundraising and philanthropy from my mother, watching her work with different local charities and nonprofits in my community. In the past few years, I started noticing some of the charities that benefit from my mother’s fundraising are very prominent organizations such as Canadian Red Cross, Sick Kids Foundation, Princess Margaret … Continue reading