I was planning on writing this piece before the Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) deal was stopped by the courts and their stock tumbled.  The concepts are still the same, if the dollar figures are not.

Until recently, BCE stock prices had been making considerable gains and if the sale had gone through shareholders would have had to sell by the end of this calendar year.

How do you discuss philanthropy and charity in your family?  Growing up in mine the act of charity was never really discussed.  It was done, but I think there were some opportunities lost in having an open dialogue with my parents around how they donate their money. Don't get me wrong, my family is very generous with their time and their financial resources, it was just never discussed.

An article I wrote for is now posted.  The direct link is:

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Did you know that in 2006 North American spent over $2,000 per person on entertainment and just over $1,000 per person on charitable activities?

This is a link to a blog, Non-Profit Communications, written by Kivi Leroux Miller, about what you get for donation.  An interesting experiment in community investing and testing the donor stewardship programs of charities.

I have been brainstorming ideas on what to right over the past few days - mostly in an effort to become more consistant with my blogging. 

This is what I have come up with:

Wow! That really sums up how I am feeling these days.  In a recent article posted by the Financial Times people can now feel good about feeding their addictions. 

Okay, maybe that is a little harsh… But really, if you think about it – our TV watching habits took a philanthropic spin when American Idol launched their Africa projects a couple of years ago; and how can we ignore Oprah’s Big Give?!  Now our online gambling addictions can have a positive social impact.

In Canada a large number of charities receive government funding from dollars generated at casinos.  Gambling is not a new source of revenue; what is new, is the betting on prediction markets. 

The Globe and Mail recently ran an article by Jonathan Drew on the selfishness of altruism.  His article entitled, "This is Good You can be Selfish and Altruistic - Employer-supported volunteering programs prove rewarding to communities, volunteers and companies" comes at a fitting time.  Trends indicate that volunteerism across Canada is down and just as there is discussion on donor-fatigue there is also discussion around volunteer-fatigue. 

Someone who I greatly respect shared this poem with me and I felt that I should pass it along to you.  When we talk about the values that shape our decision making processes, we ask ourselves questions as part of the process.  I invite you to ask yourself some of these questions when you think about the impact that you want to have in the world.

I have been thinking recently on how the charitable sector mirrors the corporate sector.  This thought process was triggered by an article I read in the NY Times and then by a blog posting on Tactical Philanthropy

So you've identified your values, you'ver picked how you will give and you've set your philanthropic goals.  The goals that articulate the kind of social impact you want to make.  How will you find the charities that best fit your values and goals?

The past few days there have been some interesting pieces in North American papers and blog sites on philanthropy and specifically on developing philanthropic strategies.  Here a few that I think might of interest to you: