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

Spark social innovators experience the Maritimes

Nate PetersenEvents

The third and final retreat for the SPARK Initiative 2.0 took place between May 3-5, 2019, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, at St. Stephen’s University. Eight of the nine SPARK participants were present, five of the nine SPARK donors were present, as were the SPARK director, Matt Wilkinson of the CBOQ, and Stronger Philanthropy CEO, Mark Petersen, who organized and … Read More

New program director appointed

Mark PetersenNews

As Stronger Philanthropy expands its services to generous families, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Nate Petersen as our new Program Director. The current wealth transfer as Boomers age and retire, and Millennials step into philanthropy leadership, mean traditional attitudes and practices around generosity are dramatically shifting. Next gen philanthropy leaders seek engagement and impact for social issues. … Read More

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

Setting SMART measurable outcomes

Mark PetersenCapacity Building

One of the most common pitfalls applicants encounter in designing successful applications is in the development of their measurable outcomes.  Frequently, we find charities propose projects which lack tangible outcomes and are filled with fuzzy thinking. For example, here are some outcomes that were recently submitted (with revisions to protect identity): 1) Youth Centre for students established with all needed … Read More

Bridgeway at 35

Mark PetersenResources

Friends of Bridgeway Foundation gathered together this week to celebrate an important milestone: the 35th anniversary of the creation of the foundation, one of Stronger Philanthropy’s core clients.  For twenty years, the foundation was a seed sown in obscurity, unendowed, the dream of founders Reg and Carol Petersen.  In the late 90s, the foundation received an endowment and began giving … Read More

Bridgeway’s triple partnership for building charity fundraising capacity

Mark PetersenCapacity Building, Collaboration

We’re pleased to announce a triple partnership for a project that will lead to more effective charity fundraising efforts.  This spring, our partner Bridgeway Foundation teamed up with Seacrest Foundation and Frontier Marketing to uncover some of the best practices in online fundraising.  Seacrest Foundation is an innovative Vancouver-based foundation, committed to building charity capacity.  Frontier Marketing is a Victoria, … Read More