Gena Rotstein's blog
This is the first blog in a new series we are launching called ‘Notes from Ray’s Desk’. This blog series is written by our Director of Technology Ray Stockford, and focuses Place2Give’s technology, updates to that technology, and general things of interest to our tech team.
How can Big Data serve Philanthropy?
‘Big Data’ is probably most widely known for its ability to analyse large and varied datasets to determine a statistically valid answer to a particular problem. So far, corporate entities have used this to track surfing habits to target a demographic with specific browser content or advertising. Or, retailers track buying habits to target customers with specific flyers or coupons (I.E: Target). How does Place2Give fit into this? The technology we are building will tap into this ability and allow the charitable sector to benefit from ‘Big Data’.Read more »
For the past several years I have been blogging about the challenges facing the charitable sector, in large part, because of the way that it has been structured, and continues to be managed. The expectation that the CRA or the IRS has any role or responsibility in managing the way that the sector operates is not only foolish, but unrealistic. Below is a blog post originally written by Nadine Riopel,The Savvy Do Gooder on just how the sector is broken. I will post part two in the coming days.Read more »
Guest blogger - Karine Aviv
A strong part of Place2Give’s corporate culture is to encourage community involvement.
To be part of a social enterprise means that we are expected to “give back” in some way, shape or form.Read more »
Aside from consulting to donors, their advisors and charities; there are other things that my company, Dexterity Ventures Inc. and the Place2Give Foundation does within the charitable sector - we collect data in order to conduct academic callibre research. Every year since 2008 students have been working for Dexterity Consulting and then DVI (when we incorporate in 2010). These students have come from Royal Roads University, University of Calgary, Mount Royal University (previously Mount Royal College), and University of Lethbridge. Their academic disciplines include - business schools, social work studies, computer science programs and mathematics. Having students involved in my company is a core value that will carry forward as things grow.
This year we are starting to create systems for examining the meta-data that has been generated by Place2Give. This information can be used a number of ways including influencing policy changes. In November I wrote a piece entitled, A New Charity Tax Credit, in the Calgary Herald. The information that could shape the ideas proposed in that blog can come from a multitude of sources including Place2Give.
As my company enters into another year of operations and growth, we are continually looking for ways to use our data, expand our services and develop out the platform. I am always looking for ideas, partners and thought leaders who want to shape social and creative economies.
The Place2Give Foundation’s Southern Alberta Emergency Relief Fund has continued to hear back from the agencies that received donations and we want to take this opportunity to share the information and provide an additional update.Read more »
In this second in a series of blogs about the Place2Give GivingTuesday Fund, we want to encourage our readers to give more this holiday season.
Many people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday... now GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on December 3, 2013. It is a new Canadian day of giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” GivingTuesday is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favorite causes and think about others. The goal is to heighten the importance of giving, improve attitudes, and increase giving and volunteering behaviour. We have two days that are good for the economy. Now we have a day that is good for the community too.Read more »
This year, on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Place2Give is proudly joining a call to action that will help make history. We are partners in GivingTuesday Canada, a new national day dedicated to giving and volunteering.
Non-profits, families, business, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together across the country and rally for their favorite causes. This movement celebrates giving and encourages more, better, and smarter giving and volunteering during the giving season. Leading up to December 3rd, the GivingTuesday campaign will provide a platform to rally volunteers and raise funds for the charities of our choice. We encourage everyone to be a part of GivingTuesday.Read more »
Several months ago I presented at the Purposeful Planning Institute in Denver, CO. I had the privilege of meeting with and exchanging ideas with some of North America’s thought leaders on social change and family counsel. As you can imagine I was beside myself in excitement with discussion around wealth and social visions. One such presenter that got my brain buzzing, was Jay Hughes, author, researcher and provocateur. He presented on the four noble professions and it got me thinking about how these professions are represented (or not) within the social enterprise and social profit space.
A couple of weeks ago the Dexterity Ventures team attended FinovateFall in New York, NY.
Finovate is the foremost conference reviewing the latest in banking and financial technology. Place2Give was one of the companies chosen to present and demo our technology and the feedback we received was extremely positive.
During the demo, we introduced the new Place2Give website as well as announced v1.0 of the Place2Give Advisor Toolbox.