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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Ajah featured in the Globe & Mail

Ajah’s founders were interviewed for the Small Business Challenge series in the Globe and Mail.  Read the article to find out a bit more about how we gather data to support the prospect research efforts of Canadian fundraisers.


Opportunity Watch: Funding Ontario

Last week, we explored funding opportunities for charities located in the GTA.  This week, we’re sharing funding opportunities for the charities located elsewhere in the province.   Not in Ontario?  Not a problem?  Skip down to the end of the blog for our phone number to schedule a demo for your charity!

Each week, we use Fundtracker’s custom filters to identify the opportunities we share with you.  In this week’s search, we looked for funders in Ontario and applied the filter that allowed us to exclude out-of-province funders.  This resulted in the profiles of almost 3,600 foundation and corporate funders!   If that’s too many choices to weed through, Fundtracker lets you apply more than 10 filters to your search, to help you really narrow down the right funders for your organization.

The Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region supports programs and projects in that region with a particular focus on Catholic education. Approximately 37% of the funds they have disbursed over the last five years have supported community organizations in the region – over $2 million since their inception. Grant applications are reviewed twice annually, in spring and fall, and approximately $55,000 is dispersed in each funding cycle.   Some of their previous recipients include the Hospice of Waterloo, the CNIB and KidsLink.  Visit their website for more information on applying for a grant, as well as an application form.

Thunder Bay Hydro is a locally-owned utility who will consider sponsorship or donation requests from charities that operate within the city limits of Thunder Bay.  Their area of focus includes safety, the environment, energy-related education, and community-based initiatives that benefit local people and improve the quality of life for residents. Requests are considered quarterly and must be received before the end of the previous quarter to be considered.  Their website spells out exactly what should be included in your request and includes a link for the application form.

Next, we decided to create a very specific search.  We asked Fundtracker to identify foundations who fund the education (general) sector, with a target population of children/youth, the funding region had to include Ottawa and we excluded non-grant-making foundations and those located out of province.  Phew!  The Maurice Price Foundation was one of the interesting funders that resulted from that search.  The Foundation concentrates on helping young people reach their full educational potential and its mandate is education in the broadest sense, from preparing disadvantaged preschool children to enter the educational system, to enhancing the University experience in selected programs.   Applications are accepted year-round and you can download the application guidelines.  While they do give some small grants nationally and in other provinces, we can see from their Fundtracker granting history that the majority of their grants have supported charities in Ontario.

That’s it for this week, folks.  If you’re in Ontario – or anywhere else in the country – why not give us a call at 1-888-406-2524 or email us at to book a free demo of Fundtracker?  We’ll show you how easy it is to create a targeted prospect list for your charity using our advanced filters.










Opportunity Watch: Funding the GTA

Love it or hate it, Toronto is undeniably one of Canada’s most diverse cities, with a vibrant and active charitable sector. It is also home to some of Canada’s most generous funders.  This week, we’re sharing funding opportunities with an eye on the Greater Toronto Area.

The Community One Foundation (formerly the Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal of Toronto) has raised more than $2 million to fund over a thousand community-based projects.  Their Rainbow Grants program fosters new and innovative services and programs for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, instersexed, queer, questioning, and 2-spirited (LGBTTIQQ2S) community in the GTA, in the areas of health & social sciences, arts & culture,and research, education & advocacy.  Grants are made to projects that will have a demonstrable impact on the broader community.  There are three different categories of Rainbow Grants available, each with its own funding criteria and application form.  The funding window will open in January 2014, with a February deadline.  Visit their website to begin preparing your application and to consult a list of previously funded projects.

Gift map, showing the recipient location for grants from the Metcalf Foundation.  Click to enlarge.

The George Cedric Metcalf Foundation(also known as the Metcalf Foundation) focuses its grantmaking in three specific areas: sustaining the vibrancy of the professional performing arts, harnessing the benefits of living within the Earth’s environmental limits, and improving low-income peoples’ economic livelihoods and access to quality jobs.  Within their Performing Arts granting envelope,  they will be accepting letters of intent until December 9th.   In addition to being a registered charity, applicants must be professional theatre, dance, music, or opera companies located in the City of Toronto and who have been in operation for at least three years.  Grants may be requested for a maximum of $75,000 per year for up to a three-year period.  Visit their website for guidelines and to register for a webinar on October 18th on how to prepare your letter of intent.

The Vital Ideas program of the Toronto Community Foundation is accepting grant applications until October 30th.   Vital Ideas grants support strategic activities that help make the impact of an already high-impact program or organization more sustainable. These grants are not program funding.  Instead, they are capacity-building grants to be used to increase the effectiveness of a program or organization and to position it for even greater impact in the future.  CRA-registered charities, located in the City of Toronto, and whose work directly benefits the quality of life of Toronto residents are eligible to apply. Visit the Foundation’s website for additional guidelines regarding eligibility.

If you haven’t already done so, you should definitely check out Toronto’s Vital Signs report.  Released on October 1st, it’s a snapshot of the trends and issues affecting the quality of life in the GTA.

We identified these funding sources using Fundtracker Pro’s advanced search filters.   In the GTA and want to know more?  Why not give Dani Mailing a shout, either at or at 1.888.406.2524, ext. 7.  Dani can set you up with a free Fundtracker demo.  If you’re not in Toronto, email us at and we’ll direct you to the account manager for your region.



Opportunity Watch: Manitoba

This week, Opportunity Watch is visiting Manitoba, the final stop in our trek through the Prairies.  Home to the Great Grey Owl, the beautiful crocus and the white spruce, let’s take a look at some of the funding opportunities available for charities in this province.

The Killarney Foundation has granted almost $2 million to local charities since its inception in 1979.   Grants are made twice a year, in April and October, to CRA-registered charities that operate in the Killarney area.  Grants must support local needs and interests, which include, but are not limited to, the arts, cultural activities, heritage programs, health, education, scholarships, seniors’ services, social programs and youth activities.   Visit their website for more information.

The Morden Area Foundation was formed in 1993 by a group of community-minded citizens to meet a broad range of social, health, heritage, sport and recreational, educational and environmental priorities in Morden and the surrounding area.  Funded through an endowment of over $1.2 million, they have granted over $700,000 to local organizations.  They will consider funding equipment, conferences or special events, renovations or new building construction.  They will also consider offering short-term operating support, to allow organizations time to establish regular operating support.  Visit their website for more details and the online application form.

Canad Inns is Manitoba’s largest hotel chain and focuses its corporate giving in the communities where its employees live and work: Winnipeg, Brandon, Portage la Prairie and Grand Forks.   They have previously supported the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Habitat for Humanity.   Requests for support are reviewed throughout the year – all requests, however, must be submitted via their website.  Visit them for more details.

That’s it for this week!  Enjoy your long-weekend and we’ll be back next week with more helpful hints.  In the meantime, why not schedule a free demo of Fundtracker for your non-profit?  Our fundraising advisors can share strategies and Fundtracker tips that will kickstart your fundraising efforts.  Give them a call at 1-888-406-2524 or email us at





Opportunity Watch: Funding Canada’s Wheat Province

Opportunity Watch continues its meander across the country with a stop in Saskatchewan.  Known as Canada’s Breadbasket, the province is home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders – and what are arguably the country’s most enthusiastic football fans.   This week we’re looking at funding opportunities for the over 4000 charities located in Saskatchewan.

Community-based foundations are always a great source of funding for charities across Canada and Saskatchewan is no different, with no less than six Community Foundations in the province.  If your charity is located in the southern end of the province, the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation is for you.  They administer three different granting programs, with separate guidelines and deadlines.   Charities in Saskatoon have access to to nine different funds through the Saskatoon Community Foundation.  Visit their website for deadlines and information on their different programs.   Consult the Community Foundations of Canada website for contact information for the other Saskatchewan-based Foundations, as well as those located elsewhere in Canada.

Among corporate funders based in the province,  SaskTel has developed a comprehensive community investment program which responds to the sponsorship requests of Saskatchewan’s non-profit and charitable organizations. The program provides broad support to all communities, along with a focus on activities linked to technology, diversity, youth, and rural life.  In addition to funding, in-kind support such as the loan of phones during events may also be considered.   Interested? Review the eligibility requirements and apply online.

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) and the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Partnership Project offer a joint Community Grants Program for Traffic Safety and Injury Prevention Projects. Their goal is to enable community groups to establish, enhance and deliver programs that address safety issues in their communities. SGI and ABI will provide support and guidance in identifying priorities and in the development and implementation of any of these initiatives.  Proposals must include a well defined action plan, and involve various community groups or members and focus on community safety education or awareness, among other things.  A total of $100,000 a year is available; upcoming deadlines to apply are October 31st and February 28th.  Visit their website for further details on applying.

That’s it for this week.  If your charity is based in Saskatchewan, why not contact Erika Jahn for a free Fundtracker demo to find out how we can help you identify even more prospects?  Erika can be reached at 1-888-406-2524, ext. 6 or via email at  Not in the Prairies?  Email us at and we’ll introduce you to one of our regional account reps!

Have a great week and good luck with your fundraising efforts.