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Place2Give and Give A Mile

Place2Give, Dexterity Consulting's sister company, recently partnered with Give A Mile to help them process cash donations. Give A Mile is a Not-For-Profit looking to enable people to visit terminally ill friends & family through crowdfunding of flights via micro-donations of travel points. Below is an excerpt from Give A Mile's latest press release, which mentions Place2Give and their agreement.
 

Give A Mile can now offer tax receipts to its donors, thanks to our new agreement with Place2Give Foundation. In addition to the travel loyalty points that translate directly to support flights, we rely on private donations to cover taxes, program administration costs, and other related expenses associated with running the Give A Mile program.  

"Place2Give Foundation recognizes the human and social benefit that is derived from connecting families during times of crisis," says Gena Rotstein, CEO and Founder of Place2Give. "We are pleased to have found a partner in Give A Mile that can help our Foundation achieve this very important social mandate."

To read the full press release from Give A Mile about the latest flight they have given away and the agreement with Place2Give, click the pdf link below. 
 

Climate and Philanthropy

This week I had the privilege of attending the Nexus Youth Summit in Washington, DC.  The purpose of this summit is to bring together leaders in philanthropy, social enterprise, social finance and the Next Generation for a series of conversations that lead to action around the critical issues facing our communities - locally, nationally, internationally.

One session that stood out in particular for me was a session on Climate and Philanthropy.  A panel discussion with:

As you can see, this panel cross the spectrum of Republicans and Democrats with a view to find economic solutions and market-based solutions to environmental problems.  

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Best and Worst Charities... The #GivingTuesday Conundrum

In today's Seth Godin blog - Babies and Bath Water, he lists the organizations that he is supporting for GivingTuesday and also links to the "worst" charities.  

What makes a worst charity? 

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Notes from the Tech Team: A Taster

Every month we share the latest tech updates to the Place2Give website and the technology solutions offered through Dexterity Ventures Inc.

The entire Dexterity Ventures (DVI) team has been head down in preparation for GivingTuesday and the presentation at CKX Summit in Toronto (more info about that here) that happened on November 20th. As such, we would like to use our tech blog this month as a taster for the things we've launched over the month.

We set-up and launched the GivingTuesday Campaign for Place2Give and Dexterity Ventures in anticipation of Tuesday December 2nd (aka 2014’s ‘GivingTuesday’). The Place2Give GivingTuesday Motif Giving Campaign can be found here.

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Unlocking Fort Philanthropy - How data can influence strategic philanthropy

 

November 20th, 2014 - Presentation at CKX (Community Knowledge Exchange) on how data is influencing individual and family philanthropy as well as the role that advisors and estate planners are having on the discussion.  

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Giving Tuesday – Driving SMART Philanthropy

Over the past five years I have been writing about strategic giving and social impact investing.  Since starting this blog, Generating Social Capital, and working with clients on the Karma & Cents™ philanthropy planning process the landscape has changed and as a result so too has my approach to strategic philanthropy.  

As we enter into the holiday season, as is typical, we will all be approached to donate.  Some of us will look at this as opportunity to give as part of our tax planning process, others will be looking at the holiday giving season with more of a philanthropic approach.  Either way, giving should be done with mindfulness.

Enter GivingTuesday. A national movement that is leading the charge on counter-balancing Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Please read on, to learn more about how we are encouraging people to use the GivingTuesday movement for strategic philanthropy.

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Vehicles for Giving: Donor Advised Fund or Private Foundation

Now is the time that I often get asked about what is the best vehicle for managing charitable funds.  This is very much a question that doesn't have a straight forward answer and is best reviewed in context of your overall wealth strategy which includes your tax planning and your legacy planning.

In order to help you determine the best tool for you to use in managing your charitable dollars there are a few questions you should ask yourself, and it isn't about the money.

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Notes from the Tech Team: API Updates

Every month we share the latest tech updates to the Place2Give website and the technology solutions offered through Dexterity Ventures Inc.

This month we have been working hard to implement some updates to our various APIs. New features to our API are created based on client feedback.

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Ebola Emergency Relief Fund - About the Fund

The Ebola Emergency Relief Fund was established a few weeks ago with a focus on providing a multi-layered approach to funding the Ebola crisis facing countries in Africa.

 

Charities in the fund: Doctors Without Borders, SOS Children's Village and Unicef.

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Hand in Hand

What would it look like if a community foundation worked alongside city planners?  What kind of cities and communities could we create and build?

Over the past several weeks I have been working in Toronto. It’s been an interesting time to be here, in large-part due to the upcoming municipal election, which has the mayoral seat hotly contested.

Last week I attended the Toronto Foundation Vital Signs luncheon.  Vital Signs is an annual audit exploring the “health” of the city by looking at the social, economic and environmental issues facing communities.  The idea behind it is to provide community foundations and non-profit organizations, as well as government bodies, some meaningful information upon which to plan and make course corrections.

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