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How to do it better

Two suggestions for would-be philanthropists - by Paul Knowles

This may be the most important edition of Exchange magazine this year. Because in these pages, we focus on philanthropy – the foundation that funds our community organizations.

A community without charities and not for profits is no community at all. It would be a cold, heartless place. So once a year, we publish an edition that highlights philanthropy. And in this space, I get to put in my two cents worth.

First, then, an argument for a broader perspective when you give. Everyone loves to give to new, sexy, capital projects. It’s actually not all that hard to raise the money to build something. It’s darned hard to raise the money to operate a facility, after the donors have been thanked, and moved on to some other front-of-mind capital project.

So when you give, I encourage you to consider giving to organizations, simply to keep them in operation. There are a number of examples around our community right now, fine organizations who are struggling to survive because they lack sufficient operating funds. You can help. You can be the key to their survival.

And second, an argument for going beyond financial contributions. I recently learned that about 50% of Canadians volunteer. That sounded pretty good, at first glance.

But when you dig down into the statistics, you learn that of those 50%, only 10% do about 53% of the total of volunteer work. To take it back to the entire population of this country – 5% of us are doing more than half of all the volunteer work.

That has to be wrong. The good news? It’s a wrong that is easily righted. By you and me.

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