Update on the Spark Initiative 2018

Mark PetersenNews

The window for receiving Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) by interested applicants for the Spark Initiative is now closed.  Thank you to all who showed interest in this opportunity. By the deadline of January 26, 2018 we had received 24 LOIs from millennial social entrepreneurs from across Canada.  At the time of this post, staff are working behind the scenes to … Read More

Grants for Toronto churches in 2018

Mark PetersenGrants

Once again this year, the Washington DC-based Mustard Seed Foundation is offering grants to Toronto-area churches, and have requested the assistance of Stronger Philanthropy in getting the word out.  The Americas Director of MSF, Brian Bakke, will be in Toronto in March 8-9, 2018 and is booking appointments with local pastors.  Read below for his full letter and contact Brian … Read More

The Spark Initiative is back for round 2

Mark PetersenGrants

The Spark Initiative, a granting and mentoring opportunity for millennial social entrepreneurs, is back for a second round after a successful conclusion to round one earlier this year.  The Spark Initiative was recently adopted by the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec (CBOQ), and their Next Gen Director, Matt Wilkinson, will lead it going forward. Grants of up to $10,000 each … Read More

Stronger Together 2017 grants awarded

Mark PetersenNews

Six foundations joined together in 2017 to collectively award $1,095,000 in grants to innovative projects run by Canadian Christian charities.  Participating donors included founding members Bridgeway Foundation and John & Rebecca Horwood, along with more recent collaborators Kehila Foundation, Redleaf Foundation, and River Dali Foundation.  This year the David & Dorothy Lam Foundation joined in to make us even stronger … Read More

Greg Pennoyer: Power to shape culture (S2:E8)

Mark PetersenPodcast

Greg Pennoyer is the Director of Faith in Canada 150, a sesquicentennial project of Cardus, which highlights and celebrates the role of faith and religion in Canadian life over our 150 year history. As well, he founded the Roundtable, a membership association for Canadian faith-based philanthropy, and is a key voice for recovering the gift of the arts by people … Read More

Strategic planning for family foundations

Mark PetersenWorkshops

In October, Stronger Philanthropy hosted a weekend strategic planning session for a multigenerational family foundation in Vancouver BC.  In interactive sessions, we considered mission, vision and values for family giving, to strengthen the focus for future philanthropy and to ensure everyone is on the same page.  We introduced some practical tools to strengthen their family philanthropy.  Most importantly, the next … Read More