Another year of grants for Toronto churches

Mark PetersenGrants

Once again in 2020, Mustard Seed Foundation of Washington DC is continuing its intentional strategy for small matching grants to those closest to the need in the world’s largest urban centres, including Toronto. This unique model for funders is one I’ve admired for years. I admire the willingness of MSF to forsake large easy grants in the parachurch sector and … Read More

Stronger Together 2019 grants announced

Nate PetersenClients, Collaboration, Grants, News

Eight foundations joined together in 2019 to collectively award $1,013,000 in innovation grants to 15 projects by Canadian Christian charities. Participating donors included founding members Bridgeway Foundation and John & Rebecca Horwood, along with David and Dorothy Lam Foundation, River Dali Foundation, Kehila Foundation, Burro Foundation, and Redleaf Foundation. This year, new collaborators Alexandra Horwood & Andrew James Labbad joined … Read More

Giving to humanitarian relief

Mark PetersenInternational Development

The following article is from Nery Duarte, a humanitarian worker in Latin America who is presently involved in grassroots efforts to address the Venezuelan crisis. I’ve been involved in humanitarian relief and emergency operations in Latin America for 27 years, providing emergency aid to people who have been affected by a tragedy.  As soon as the disaster catches the attention … Read More

Welcome to new grantmakers

Mark PetersenClients

We’re delighted to announce new clients are joining the Stronger Philanthropy family. Alexandra Horwood and Andrew James Labbad work in Toronto’s financial district, managing funds for others. Juggling the demands of a heavy work schedule and family life, they don’t have the bandwidth to properly investigate how their charitable giving can be most strategically channeled. As a result, they’ve selected … Read More

Connecting Canada through WayBase

Mark PetersenFollow-Up Report, Innovation

Christian charitable organizations can now take advantage of a new platform to facilitate partnership, eliminate silos, and communicate need more effectively. WayBase is the brainchild of Tim Day, an innovative leader who approached Stronger Philanthropy’s clients in 2017 with a proposal. Three of our clients – Bridgeway Foundation, Redleaf Foundation, and River Dali Foundation – collaborated together to grant seed … Read More

Revolution in next gen philanthropy

Nate PetersenBook Reviews

Canada’s next generation of major donors is dramatically different from their parents and grandparents. Imagining philanthropists as wealthy business tycoons in smoking jackets and pearls is an increasingly outdated stereotype. Instead, they are a highly relational group of individuals who are culturally geared towards innovation, entrepreneurship, and social change. The zeitgeist of the 21st century has destabilized social systems like … Read More

Assessing letters of inquiry

Nate PetersenApplication Process

The month of May is Stronger Philanthropy’s dedicated time to receive letters of inquiry (LOI) for the Stronger Together program. We hear from Canadian, Christian charities who are ready to launch any new initiative that is ground-breaking and impactful. This year, we received nearly 50 LOIs for projects that ranged across multiple sectors and around the world, including the arts, … Read More

Selecting good grants

Mark PetersenNews

How do you choose between good and great? We struggle every year in making challenging calls on good, better, and best. This is the tenth year of Stronger Together’s collaborative major donor granting initiative. In comparison with other years, this year’s round has been one of the most competitive. By the deadline of May 31, a total of $2,915,200  was … Read More