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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.


Opportunity Watch: Funding Sunny Alberta

Moving on from last week’s look at funding opportunities available in the North, this week we’re taking a peek at some granting opportunities available for charities in Wild Rose country: Alberta!

Registered charities working in the areas of education, health and wellness in Northern and Central Alberta should consider the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. Founded in 2001, the Foundation grants in excess of $1 million each year to local charities.  The Foundation considers requests for in-kind donations of memorabilia all year long, but requests must be made in writing and at least six weeks in advance. Requests for project funding are considered by the Foundation’s board twice a year: November 1 for requests under $5,000 or April 1 for requests over $5,000.  Visit their website for a full listing of what you should include in your proposal.

The Burns Memorial Fund provides grants to Calgary agencies working with low-income children and youth (under 21 years of age) in the areas of health, education and recreation. Applicants must be registered charities. Funded programs must align with at least one of the following three goals:  access to optimal health care, school success and/or developing potential through recreational activities.  Most Community Grants are under $15,000 and usually support one-time projects, program supplies, seed or start-up activities, capital costs and other similar endeavors. The Fund occasionally makes multi-year commitments to small start-up projects.  There are two grant deadlines: the second Friday of May and the second Friday of October, although time-sensitive applications may be accepted throughout the year. You must contact the organization prior to submission.

Headquartered in Calgary, Husky Energy one of Canada’s largest integrated energy and energy-related companies.  Husky supports registered non-profits active in the areas of health, education or community initiatives.  Programs should benefit a wide cross-selection of recipients and be in the communities that Husky has a business presence in.  Applications are accepted year-round.  Visit their website for further details and to fill in the on-line application form.

That’s it for this week, folks!  Interested in how Fundtracker could help your organization boost its fundraising efforts?  Tweet our Prairies fundraising advisor Erika Jahn or call her at 1-888-406-2524, ext. 6 for a Fundtracker demonstration.  Not in Alberta? Not a problem!  Email and we’ll set you up for a free demo of Fundtracker.






Fundtracker client profile: AboutFace

September is Facial Differences Awareness month, so what better way to kick off our new profiles of Fundtracker clients than by chatting with long-time client, AboutFace.

Over 10,000 babies are born each year in Canada with a facial defect and another 50,000 people acquire one through trauma or illness.  “Your face is what you present to the world, and it can be difficult when you are different,” says Anna Pileggi, AboutFace’s Executive Director.  “We are social animals and being facially different or have an unusual appearance in a society that idolizes beauty can weigh heavily on people. We support our clients with the psycho-social elements: things such as public awareness, mental health issues, educating kids in schools.”   Based in Toronto, the organization currently counts about 16,000 members nation-wide.

AboutFace counts on individual gifts, special events and grants to support their three main program areas: encouraging and supporting parents; empowering those with facial difference through youth camps, leadership training and skills development; and education programs that teach youth acceptance and understanding, in addition to a small scholarship program to support youth with their higher education.

Anna’s commitment to the organization radiates across the phone line.  “I love the people that we serve,” she says.  “I recently spoke to a mom of a child with a facial difference in Manitoba, and one of our camp participants. He has started acting and singing classes and has gained so much confidence through our programs.”

One of the challenges the organization faces in fundraising is that AboutFace serves a niche market and it’s not a popular or easy subject.  Anna turned to Ajah’s Fundtracker to identify new prospects for AboutFace.  “Fundtracker is a one-stop shop for us, identifying and exploring new funding opportunities and outreach for awareness building.  It’s really helping to open doors”.   More than a database, Fundtracker is a complete prospect research tool, with granting deadlines and previous granting history for thousands of foundation, corporate and government funders.

In the last quarter alone, Anna says that AboutFace sent out 35-40 grant applications or letters of introduction – opportunities she identified using Fundtracker.  The response from potential funders has been beyond their expectations, with an expected 20% increase in grants this year.

Visit AboutFace’s website for more information on their programming, including this year’s Camp Trailblazers, which will take place across the country in September and October.  And don’t forget to wear blue on September 27th, to show your support for Facial Difference Awareness month!


Out and about

Ajah’s CEO Michael Lenczner has been on the move, speaking at some interesting philanthropy and data events this fall.  Last week, he was in Geneva to speak at the Open Knowledge Conference.  Michael shared Ajah’s success story in the stream on technology and tools for commercially-sustainable open data platforms.

Next week, Michael will be off again, this time to Calgary for the 2013 Social Enterprise World Forum, hosted by the Trico Foundation.  Michael will be on a panel with Lucy Bernholz of Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Brian Walsh of Liquidnet for Good, discussing how the process of opening data and sharing knowledge is the way forward for creating social impact at scale.

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Ajah’s Fundraising Advisors

One of the things that marks us as a company is that just about every member of our team, from our developers to our researchers has experience in the non-profit sector. This means we understand our clients – and that we have experienced the difficulties they face. When we decided this summer to create a new team of regional account managers to help us be in better contact with our clients, we looked to former fundraisers.  Now that the team is almost complete, we thought we should introduce them.

Trish Gardham has been our primary contact with our clients since 2012.  When Trish joined us, she had spent 12 years in the non-profit sector in Quebec and British Columbia fundraising for small and medium-sized non-profits in the education and health sectors.  Trish now tends to clients in southern and western parts of Ontario and the Maritimes. She can be contacted directly at Trish (at) or ext. 3.

Linda Tesser is our new BC account manager.  Linda is based in Victoria and her background includes positions as a fundraiser at the Canadian Cancer Society and as the executive director of the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival.  BC-based charities can reach Linda directly at ltesser (at) or extension 5.

Erika Jahn represents Ajah to our clients in the beautiful Prairie provinces.  An Alberta native, Erika has recently moved back to the province after spending time in Montreal where she was a fundraiser with several community-based public health organizations. She’s very active in social media so if you’re a non-profit in the Prairies and would like to schedule a Fundtracker demo, contact Erika (at) or tweet her at @mserikajahn.

Based in Ottawa, Irene McIntosh‘s experience is as much in volunteer management and grantwriting as in fundraising. The Canadian Journal of Volunteer Resources Management, the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, the Ottawa Humane Society and the Canadian Lung Association are all organizations that she’s been a part of. If you are in Northern or Eastern Ontario and would like to find out how Fundtracker can help you identify new prospects, give her a shout at Irene (at) (ext. 2).

And finally, Daniella Mailing is our Regional Account Manager for the Greater Toronto Area.  Dani graduated from Humber College’s Fundraising and Volunteer Management Program and has worked at EcoSpark, Roy Thomson Hall and most recently, was a founding staff member of Small Change Fund. Working at the Small Change Fund exposed her to the other side of the funding equation and, as a member of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network and the Circle on Aboriginal Philanthropy, she learned about the realities and challenges faced by funders.

If you need help identifying new funders, or want to set up a free Fundtracker demo, give them a call.

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Fundtracker is on sale!

Autumn special

It may be getting colder, but for Canadian fundraisers fall is a season of new beginnings.
That’s why we’re offering a discount for new subscribers of Fundtracker and Fundtracker Pro.

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British Columbia: Linda Tesser, ext. 5

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Opportunity Watch: Canada’s North

Opportunity Watch is slowly working its way across our great country. This week we’re sharing grants available from foundations and companies based in Canada’s north. While the population may be sparse in the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and Nunavut, some interesting funding opportunities exist for charities in this beautiful part of the country.

The Yellowknife Community Foundation aims to enhance the quality of life for citizens of Yellowknife and the surrounding area by identifying and addressing community needs. They consider grant requests which advance the welfare of the needy and alleviate human suffering and poverty; assist and promote arts and cultural activities, sports, recreation and community development; advance education; support the provision of medical services, and other community activities or facilities of a charitable nature. The Foundation offers granting programs under three different funds, each with specific eligibility criteria.  Grant applications are reviewed four times a year and should be submitted electronically via a link on their website.

United Way of the Yukon focuses its funding support on those projects and programs which provide assistance to Yukon children, youth and families, respond to the needs of people living with disabilities,  address alcohol and drug abuse or seek to reduce the adverse effects of poverty.  Funding application intake occurs once a year, with forms and information sheets available in early January and deadlines set in mid-February.  Keep an eye on their website for information on the 2014 funding cycle.

The Seltzer-Chan Pond Inlet Foundation is a registered Canadian charity that supports Inuit culture and youth in Pond Inlet, a community of 1,500 on the northern coast of Baffin island. The purpose of the Foundation is to preserve and perpetuate Inuit traditions, culture and language, as well as to relieve poverty and promote a health lifestyle.  Funds are only disbursed within the community of Pond Inlet, Nunavut.  Visit their website for upcoming deadline dates.

On the corporate side of things, Diavik Diamond Mine‘ s sponsorship and donation policy focuses on the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Territory’s West Kitikmeot.  The company generally supports community based projects that can make a difference in a sustainable way for present and future generations without creating dependency. Youth and healthy lifestyles, elders, aboriginal culture and community health and wellness are some of their priorities.  Organizations who qualify should consult Diavik’s website for an application form.

Identifying funding opportunities is easy when you can apply Fundtracker’s advanced search filters like province and sector.  Not in Canada’s North?  Not a problem!  Give us a call at 1-888-406-2524 and we’ll set up a personalized (and free!) demo with one of our fundraising advisors.

Meet Ajah’s Research Guru

We’re proud of the research we do at Ajah – it’s a big part of what differentiates us from other fundraising products.  When our clients log into Fundtracker, they are able to access the most up-to-date information on funders available.  Ever wonder how it happens? We sat down for a short chat with one of own, Bhavya Raju Mandya, to find out what goes on behind the interface.

Bhavya, a software engineer by training, arrived in Montreal in 2008 as a newlywed.  In her native India, she had worked for a large telecommunications company and taught computer skills on a volunteer basis at an orphanage.  Once settled in Canada, however, she realized she wanted a change of pace and volunteered with different organizations and festivals, trying to find the right fit for her computer science background and her burgeoning interest in the not-for-profit sector.

That right fit came in the form of a posting for a research stagière at Ajah.  Now employed full-time, Bhavya manages the research that goes into creating funder profiles – the very basis of Fundtracker.

Bhavya’s main responsibility is to coordinate the update and review of funder profiles on a regular basis, in addition to constantly adding new funding opportunities and gifts.  This includes managing the information like giving, geographical focus and deadlines for multiple kinds of funders found in Fundtracker.

She doesn’t do this alone.  Bhavya also manages a team of junior researchers at Ajah.

“The first thing I do when we welcome new researchers is to orient them to the importance of funding for non-profit organizations.  A missed or incorrect deadline may have a devastating impact for a non-profit, so our entire research team works extremely hard to ensure the information in Fundtracker is accurate. We pay attention to the details because we really care and understand the importance of funding for non-profits.”

Bhavya’s background as a software engineer comes in handy.  She uses her SQL knowledge to query Fundtracker, looking for gaps in information or to pinpoint profiles that need updating.  Her background also makes it easy for her to communicate the research team’s needs to Ajah’s development crew, especially when it comes to building and testing in-house tools.

Ajah also uses automated research to update the database, particularly when it comes to updating information found on the T3010 filings of Canadian grant-making foundations. Machines can’t quite make educated deductions (yet), so we consider ourselves lucky that knowledgeable and detail-oriented Bhavya and her team are around to review discrepancies and use “common sense” when it comes to the data that is at the very basis of Fundtracker.

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Opportunity Watch: Funding the West Coast

From one coast to the other, Fundtracker can help you identify funding opportunities across Canada!  After the Maritimes and Ontario, we’ve skipped over the middle of the country to share some rapidly approaching deadlines in BC.

The Vancouver Foundation is one of the largest community foundations in Canada. Since 1943, they have funded hundreds of innovative projects – large and small – in areas such as arts and culture, education, children and youth issues, environment, animal welfare, community health, and social development.  In the last few years, they have given out more than 30 million dollars a year mostly to non-profits in BC. The youth philanthropy and the youth homelessness programs are accepting letters of intent till September 13th and the Animal Welfare Grant is open till the 27th. Fundtracker users can keep track of these deadlines through our saved funders feature.

The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation is a public foundation that has given out more than $500,000 since its creation to local non-profits that provide services to Bulkley Valley residents. Recent recipients have included a Step Up Tutoring Program, the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Committee and Mountain View United Church. Send in your application between October 1st and November 30th.

The Coast Opportunity Funds stands out by its recognition that a sustainable economy is crucial for the promotion of both First Nations’ rights and habitat conservation. Born out of the cooperation between First Nations governments, resource industries, governments and conservationists, it attempts to empower First Nations to create healthy economies while preserving their environment. It oversees and manages $116 million provided by the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, and six private foundations. The financial aid is distributed through two funds. The Conservation Fund is a long-term fund designed to support activities that maintain or improve the Great Bear Rainforest. The Economic Development Fund is a shorter-term fund implemented to create sustainable businesses and community-based employment opportunities over seven years. Applications are accepted all year long: visit their website to see if you qualify.

If you are from BC or just curious to see how we discovered all these great funding opportunities, why not call us at 1-888-406-2524? Our regional account managers will be happy to set up a free demo of Fundtracker and help you identify new funding opportunities!