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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Focus on regional grant deadlines…

We’ve been looking forward to January, and our crack team of researchers have found quite a few interesting regional grants whose deadlines are approaching next month.

The 4Cs Foundation Community Art Grants – this Halifax organization’s next grant deadline is January 15, 2013. The foundation funds “community arts projects that inspire, empower, and connect children and their communities in Halifax.” More information on the 4Cs Apply for a Grant page.

Yukon Community Development Fund – The Yukon CDF is a wide-ranging program that funds charities and other organizations wishing to pursue “projects and events that provide long-term benefits and value to Yukon communities.” January 15 is the next deadline for applications for Tier I (<$20,0000) and Tier III (>$75,001) grants. While there are 3 other deadlines throughout the year for Tier I applications, this is the only annual deadline for Tier III applications. More information from the Community Development Fund site.

Manitoba Heritage Grants Program – This is a grant program designed to support projects to help Manitobans know and appreciate their natural and human heritage. Their next deadline is on January 31, see the program page on the Manitoba Government’s Culture, Heritage and Tourism site.

The Frog’s Breath Foundation is accepting applications for “small donations” – from $500 to $25,000 – until January 31. The foundation supports a wide variety of charitable causes in North Eastern Ontario. Consult the Frog’s Breath Funding Application page for more information.

Ajah @ COCo Tech-works

Jesse and Michael are happy to be going to COCo’s next “Tech-works” event, being held on Dec 7 from Noon until 5pm at MAI. Jesse’s going to be giving training on grant-seeking and research, and later on in the day Michael (with Montreal Ouvert) will be giving a workshop on how non-profits can use data. Come by and say hello, and be sure to speak up if you have questions!

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Charity Competitions

In previous blog posts we’ve highlighted some grants that are won via online voting competitions. We mentioned the Aviva Community Fund, which just moved into its second qualifying round of votes and right now the MLSE Team Up Fund is reviewing submissions and the candidates will be posted next week. At the Grey Cup, the Scotiabank Game Changers award donated $100,000 to Variety – The Children’s Charity of Vancouver on behalf of Angel Magnussen who won based on a combination of a jury panel and online votes.

Smart fundraisers might be thinking – that sounds like a lot of money, but…

Is this the best option for my organization?

Charity Village addressed this question last week in their article Networking for Votes: Are Online Charity Contests Worth It? Fundraisers from organizations like LiveWorkPlay and Kate’s Kause, as well as Beth Kanter, a charity social media guru, weigh in with their opinions on charity contests. All them have previously won charity contests, but each has had different experiences. Together they offer a well-rounded perspective on the costs and benefits of participating.

The bottom line is that asking your supporters for votes is asking for some of their valuable time and it eats up your time too. So it makes sense that you want to make sure that your organization has a good chance of winning before you invest energy in the competition. To assess whether charity contests would work for your organization, take a look at who has won that contest before. We looked at the previous winners of the Aviva Community Fund. From their website, we found that 12 of the past 30 winners were affiliated with a school.

Why do causes supported by schools make up more than a third of Aviva winners?

Schools are big. But more importantly, daily teacher/student interactions can foster a deep level of personal engagement. They have the triple threat of teachers, students and parents who can take the cause out of the classroom and engage their whole social network for support.

Does your organization have the following characteristics that win charity contests?

  • regular contact with hundreds of people
  • persistent supporters who are regularly online
  • supporters who start their own initiatives to recruit more votes for your organisation

If so, charity contests might be one of the funding formats that works well for you. But if this isn’t your organization, know that you are up against armies of people who are begging their friends, soccer teams, babysitters, aunts and uncles to vote every day.

This doesn’t mean that your organization shouldn’t give it a shot. At this point in the competition, only two of ten organizations with the most votes in Aviva’s Community Fund are affiliated with a school. One of the advantages of participating in a charity competition is the opportunity to increase your network of supporters. Voting regularly online is more accessible to many people than making a donation, so individuals who weren’t actively engaged with your organization as donors can become more attached to your organization by cheering on your project and voting every day.

And of course, if you do win, the payoff in publicity and funding is huge.