Love Giving Well: Philanthropy as Pilgrimage now available

Mark PetersenResources

I’m thrilled to report that my new book, Love Giving Well: Philanthropy as Pilgrimage has been released and is available for purchase from the publisher, Amazon, and, for bulk orders greater than 5, from us at Stronger Philanthropy. Here’s what others are saying about Love Giving Well: Lorna Dueck: “…it’s coaching, plain and simple…” Rod Wilson: “…incisive clarity…” Karen Hamilton: … Read More

What does pilgrimage have to do with philanthropy?

Mark PetersenCamino, Resources

Pilgrimage is not the first metaphor one thinks of when considering philanthropy. But having engaged in both, I’ve had ample time to consider the parallels. In the summers of 2014 and 2015, I had the transformative experience of walking across Spain on what’s called the Camino, following the footsteps of hundreds of thousands who have walked those same paths since … Read More

Joyfully planning ahead

Mark PetersenNews

This spring Stronger Philanthropy worked with two new clients in hosting strategic planning retreats to help them discern steps forward for more meaningful giving.   The Joyful Living Joyful Giving Foundation, based in Langley BC, gathered board members from Western Canada to grapple with what to do with a future endowment.  This advance preparation lays the groundwork for meaningful giving for future generations of this group … Read More

Amy Goldman: A design-build approach to social good (S2:E3)

Mark PetersenPodcast

Many foundations tend toward being reactive in their philanthropy – waiting until others ask before they consider giving.  In our third episode of the second season, Amy Goldman throws that tired model on its head.  Under her leadership, GHR Foundation proactively invites and encourages a collaborative approach to improving communities, involving not just other donors but charities, businesses, and social sector leaders worldwide. … Read More

Chris Wignall: Organic philanthropy (S2:E2)

Mark PetersenPodcast

Chris Wignall is the Executive Director of the Catalyst Foundation, an Oakville, Ontario-based family foundation that believes its role is more than that of writing a cheque.  They have modelled a beautifully organic pathway forward for philanthropists who seek deeper involvement with charity life.  Yes, funding is a part of their contribution, but more, they offer capacity building to charities … Read More

Grants for innovation in 2017 from Stronger Together

Mark PetersenGrants

For the eighth year, Stronger Philanthropy is hosting a collaboration of major private donors and foundations to enable significant investment into innovation for Canada’s Christian charities. In the Stronger Together Process, approximately $1m will be offered to eligible organizations this cycle.  The intake for new projects through a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) will be May 1-31, 2017.  Shortlisted ideas will advance … Read More