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YOU, the Foodie Fundraiser

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Just one of the many delicious desserts at Between the Bushes. Photo courtesy of

What is one of the best things YOU can do to make your fundraiser a success? Have delicious food! It is a sure-fire way of bringing people out in droves.

Between the Bushes restaurant in the Annapolis Valley has certainly mastered that key to fundraising success. Just a short drive from Wolfville, this restaurant is known for its fantastic food and using products from local farms. This year marked the seventh year that the restaurant has held its Blossom of Hope brunch fundraiser. The annual event has become so popular that the restaurant sells tickets in advance for the three seatings.

Between the Bushes divides the proceeds from the brunches equally to donate to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. These two charities were chosen because of their connection and importance to members of the staff.

This year’s delectable menu included french toast with their special blueberry sauce, ham, sausage, bacon, frittata, curried vegetable salad, fruit and vegetable trays, and the restaurant’s special blueberry crisp for dessert. I don’t know about YOU, but my mouth waters just reading that list!

On behalf of everyone here at the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, we extend our sincerest thanks to everyone at Between the Bushes for their continued support. If YOU would like to learn more about this wonderful restaurant, please visit their website at

Are YOU thinking of having some delicious dishes for your next fundraiser? How about making some tasty treats for an Alzheimer Coffee Break? This simple do-it-yourself fundraiser is a great way to bring together family, friends or coworkers. We have everything YOU need to get your Coffee Break started, including:

  • Posters and banners
  • Coffee
  • Coasters
  • Donation boxes
  • Resources (educational brochures)

If YOU would like more information about Alzheimer Coffee Break, please call Sarah Lyon at 422-7961 or visit the website at

What do YOU think about Royal Philanthropy?

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Will YOU be watching the games? The London 2012 Olympics start this Friday!

Of course, front and centre in all of the festivities will be the British Royal Family. Her Royal Majesty the Queen will be at the opening ceremony to officially declare the games open. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are expected to be there as well since they have been named Special Ambassadors for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

Princes William and Harry seem to be taking their philanthropy contributions to a new level. They could bring attention to charities by simply having their names on a piece of paper. However, the two princes have been more personally involved.

Prince Harry, for instance, co-founded a charity called Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. The two joined forces to establish the charity which works to help orphans and vulnerable children within the African country which has the third highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world. The name “Sentebale” means “forget me not.”

This video provides more information about Sentebale’s work:

Prince William has been particularly involved with a charity called Centrepoint which works with homeless youth in the United Kingdom. He became the patron of this charity in 2005, but his involvement goes further back. Princess Diana brought both of her sons to see the work of the organization first hand. Prince William has volunteered his time to work directly with young people looking for housing. He also spent a night on the street in plain clothes with the CEO of Centrepoint to further his understanding of what it is like to be homeless.

Prince William is also a patron of a Canadian charity, Maison Dauphine. This organization provides a safe haven for youth in Quebec City who are dealing with situations of poverty, homelessness, violence, addiction or abuse.

In Canada, the importance of our ties to the British Monarchy is often debated. Canadian comic Rick Mercer gave his opinion on our constitutional monarchy system on an episode of the Mercer Report in 2009. He said:

“When asked ‘Who is Canada’s head of state,’ 75 per cent of Canadians could not answer the question. And who can blame them? The answer is ridiculous. It is the Queen of England. Now for those of you unaware of her work, she’s an elderly lady of German decent who lives in a castle across the ocean. In fact, in order to become a Canadian citizen you must swear an oath of loyalty to the Queen and her heirs. Luckily, I was born here, so I’ve never had to do it.”

 Whether or not YOU believe Canada should still have ties with the British Monarchy, it is important to recognize that members of the Royal Family do a lot of philanthropy work. Between all of the family members, they hold about 3,000 patronages for charities. The Queen alone holds more than 600 patronages, including 18 in Canada.

What do YOU think about the Royal Family’s involvement with philanthropy? Do YOU think the younger royals are making more of a difference? Or, do YOU believe the Royal Family’s philanthropy roles are more about good press than good work? Please join the conversation and leave a comment below.

Centrepoint website:

Maison Dauphine:

Also, if YOU are like me and YOU love the Mercer Report, here is the clip mentioned above in full:

YOU the Millennial Philanthropist

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

What do YOU think about the millennial generation’s involvement with philanthropy? Do YOU think they are generally apathetic or are they enthusiastic and compassionate?

A recent study shows that the millennial generation may not be able to afford to donate much, but they are very involved in philanthropy. The Millennial Impact Report 2012 provides valuable insight into how millennials (age 20-35) get involved with non-profit groups.

The in-depth report, conducted in the United States, surveyed more than 6,500 participants. The study found that 63% of those surveyed volunteered for a non-profit in 2011 and 41% wanted to volunteer more this year.

What is particularly important for non-profits to recognize is that they need to have different options for volunteers in terms of commitment. The study found that 58% of participants preferred short term volunteering. That doesn’t mean that this group has commitment phobia though. 46% of participants want to be involved in ongoing projects.

On Canada Day, Alzheimer Society staff members and community volunteers were in the Halifax parade to get the word out about our upcoming Alzheimer Duck Derby. Among our volunteers and many other groups, there were a lot of people in the millennial generation.

Two of our volunteers for the parade, Angela and Lauren, are millennials and students at MSVU. Both said that they enjoyed volunteering for the parade and they felt it was their way of helping the Alzheimer Society. Students understand that finances are tight, but volunteering their time is a great way to contribute.

Angela and Lauren heard about the volunteer opportunity through my personal social media. In the Millennial Impact Report, statistics showed that 81% of millennials prefer to learn about volunteer opportunities through their peers. It is important for non-profits to keep this in mind. Reaching out to potential volunteers should be done as an organization and as individuals.

Are YOU a millennial looking to volunteer for a non-profit? If YOU would like to volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, please visit our website for more information.

Would YOU like to have more young people involved with your organization? The Millennial Impact Report 2012 is full of great information about how to reach out to millennials. To read the full report, please click here.

YOU the Caring Coworker

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Nova Scotians never cease to amaze with their incredible generosity. YOU work incredibly hard as individuals, groups and communities to help worthy causes.

Through various fundraisers, I have always enjoyed seeing small businesses and offices getting together for fundraising initiatives. It’s a great way to have fun and build camaraderie with your coworkers. Do YOU want to get your office involved in fundraising for charity? Is your office already involved in fundraising, but YOU are looking for fun and fresh ideas?

If YOU are just starting to initiate your office with fundraisers, YOU might want to start with some tried-and-true ideas. These will be easy to get off the ground with little to no cost. Some ideas to get you started are 50-50 raffles, barbeques, bake sales, casual days and office pools.

Are YOU looking for something more creative to catch your coworkers’ attention? Check out these fun ideas.

  1. Giving Tree: A wonderful holiday fundraiser, this encourages your coworkers to consider the meaning behind the season. Decorate a Christmas tree with paper ornaments, on the back of which each has a suggested donation. For example, if you were doing a toy drive, options could be for a boy age 6 or a girl age 11. If your office has limited space, create a two-dimensional tree with Bristol board. Want to keep that giving spirit all year long? Get creative and switch up the charity. YOU could create heart decorations for Valentine’s Day or flip-flop cut-outs for the summer months. The possibilities are endless. Just try to make sure that the suggested donation on each ornament ranges in value so that everyone in the office can participate.
  1. Photo Contest: This fundraiser brings out the artist in each of your coworkers. Encourage everyone in your office to go through their photos to find one that they think is the best match for the topic (such as funny photos, pet pictures, etc.). Establish a submission date and then put the photos up in your office. By each photo, place a jar, can or envelope for change. Establish the value of a vote (such as five cents is equal to one vote). At the end of the voting period, count up the change and announce the winner. YOU can choose to award a little prize or just bragging rights. YOU keep this fundraiser going all year long with a different photo theme for each month. Do YOU want to raise even more money? Raffle off the photos at the end of the contest.
  1. Bring Your Dog to Work Day: Obviously this one requires permission from management and requires more planning, but it can be really fun and can raise a lot of money. When you consider the prices of doggie daycares, employees would gladly donate $10 or $15 to bring their pooches to work with them. The important thing to remember with this fundraiser is to establish rules beforehand. The last thing you need is Fluffy destroying your workplace. However, if everyone cooperates, it can be a fun and productive day.
  1. Board Game Tournament: This fundraiser can be done as a staff get-together or a fun way to spend your lunch breaks. Have coworkers sign up to participate in the tournament and divide them into teams (or if your office is smaller, just play as individuals). Each month can feature a different board game and each team sends a representative to play the game. To raise money for your charity of choice, charge a small entry fee to play the game. The winning team gets bragging rights for the month and earns points towards the year’s total. At the end of the year, tally up the points from each team and award them with a trophy (also known as some sort of comical knick-knack from the dollar store). That team gets to keep the trophy for a year and have to earn it to keep it. A board game tournament is fun way to bring out the competitive spirit in your coworkers while raising money for a good cause.
  1. White Elephant Raffle: An earth-friendly fundraiser, the white elephant raffle is an opportunity for your coworkers to recycle items they no longer want to keep. Ask your coworkers to bring in items from home that they would like to part with (but not junk – we want people to donate money). Disguise the donated items by putting smaller items in paper bags or larger items under boxes and set rules that people cannot peak or shake the bags/boxes. Staff members can buy tickets and put their name in for a draw for one of the surprise items. When the raffle period is over, draw the names and enjoy the reactions when your coworkers discover what they have won.

These are just some ideas to get YOU started. For more details/variations on these and other ideas, please visit

Do YOU have some creative ideas for fundraisers? What have YOU found to be successful for raising money at your office? Please leave a comment below.

YOU the Philanthropy Role Model

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Whether YOU are a parent, grandparent, teacher or volunteer, anytime YOU are around children, YOU have the potential to teach them the importance of giving back.

Michael Bloomberg, mayor ofNew York City, once said “If you want to do something for your children and show how much you love them, the single best thing – by far – is to support organizations that will create a better world for them and their children. And by giving, we inspire others to give of themselves, whether their money or their time.”

Teaching by example is a great way of showing children how they can give back to their community. However, kids also learn well by doing something themselves, so it is important to take a hands-on approach to philanthropy as well.

In a magazine from Australia called Body+Soul, an article titled “Charity begins at home for kids” provides suggestions to parents on how to get their kids actively involved in philanthropy. The article features the following tips from Tim O’Connor of UNICEF Australia:

  1. Make a family decision: When considering making a donation to an emergency, an organisation or an issue, include your children in the conversation. Which organisation should you consider donating towards? What will the impact be?
  2. Set up a spend-give-save policy: Talk to your children about their pocket money. What do they want to buy now, what do they want to save for and what would they like to donate to charity?
  3. Research “non-profits”: Encourage kids to learn about the different problems people have, from homelessness to maternal mortality, and get them thinking about the organisations that offer support.
  4. Offer a matching grant: Match what your kids raise to increase their commitment and impact.
  5. Give time: Many local charities need volunteers. How can your kids help?
  6. Every bit helps: Show them the impact their donation can make. “This is crucial to illustrating that their contribution is making a difference,” O’Connor says.

To read the full Body+Soul article, please follow this link:,17565

 While charity may begin at home, we also have to continue that lesson in society as a whole. Even if YOU are not a parent, YOU can play a role in showing kids how they can help their community.

In a Today’s Parent article called “Teaching your kids life lessons,” author Randi Chapnik Myers describes the new focus in our education system on teaching children about responsibility, respect and compassion.

Using Ontario as an example, Chapnik Myers explains that teachers, parents and members of the greater school community work together to find shared values which are then worked into the school curriculum.

To read the full Today’s Parent article, please follow this link:

When I volunteered with a children’s group, I found that kids really enjoyed getting involved with philanthropy projects. They were always excited to help with each new initiative. Prizes were never an incentive. They were just happy knowing that they were making a difference.

What do YOU think? How can YOU be a philanthropy role model for kids? How do YOU get your kids involved in giving back to their community?

YOU the Nervous Fundraiser

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Do YOU ever feel anxious about asking people for donations when YOU are fundraising?

It can be a really uncomfortable situation. Even if YOU have been involved in a few fundraising campaigns YOU can still get butterflies in your stomach when YOU ask people for donations.

So how do YOU get passed those nerves in order to reach your goals? Gail Perry who is a best-selling author and philanthropy expert offers the following tips for reducing anxiety when fundraising:

  1. Focus on the cause, not yourself: This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t explain your connection to the cause, but don’t take it personally when a person does not agree to donate. If YOU focus on the cause you are helping, it will help YOU to stay motivated.
  2. Think of the situation as a problem to be solved: Presenting the cause this way will help the donor feel part of a team working to find a solution.
  3. Rehearse: YOU obviously don’t want to sound like a robot reciting a script, but practice what YOU want to say a few times. Make sure to cover the key points YOU want to get across.
  4. Listen more than YOU speak: Don’t do all of the talking. Make sure that the donor can express his/her thoughts about the cause.
  5. Don’t focus on the money: Think about the difference the organization is making, not the dollar signs.

When it comes to actually asking people for donations, try telling them a story. For instance, a few years ago I was raising money for a non-profit organization. I explained to potential donors that the reason I was trying to raise money was because a friend of mine had just lost a family member. Personal stories allow donors to see that YOU do have a connection to the cause and they will appreciate that.

Asking people for donations can be awkward and uncomfortable but it doesn’t have to be.  If YOU keep these tips in mind, your focus and confidence will come shining through.

For more information and tips on fundraising, please visit Gail Perry’s site: