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Come say hello: Ajah at CKX

We are excited to be attending the CKX Summit in Toronto this week. The three-day event will host a variety of speakers that will tackle four main themes;

  • how nonprofits can use research to make informed decisions
  • how we can turn data into knowledge for change
  • how we can use stories to communicate our impact
  • and how we know if we are making a difference.

Most of the work fits within our PoweredbyData initiative. Our nonprofit arm that wants to increase the quality and quantity of data in the non-profit sector.

Before the event starts, guests will have the chance to meet the Ontario Nonprofit Data Strategy Working Group with PoweredbyData and the Ontario Nonprofit Network, where we will continue to develop a data strategy for the province.

On Thursday, Michael will be joined by Jake Hirsch-Allen from Functional Imperative and Gena Rotstein from Dexterity Ventures Inc to discuss open philanthropy in a session called Can Open Data Unlock Fort Philanthropy? A Case Study in Three Parts:

You’ve probably heard about Open Data and Open Government. But have you ever considered the radical idea of Open Philanthropy? What would happen if you applied the principles of open data to philanthropic institutions such as foundations, funders and grant-makers?

In this session you’ll be introduced to three open data initiatives that are doing just that.

During this session, we will be launching a new public tool (codename: Scryer), which repurposes funder data to help nonprofits gain insight.

Later on, Michael will be hosting a participant “jam” session entitled Building a Data Strategy for Ontario’s Nonprofits: again with Heather Laird from the Ontario Nonprofit Network and Jamie Van Ymeren from Mowat NFP

What’s a data strategy? And why do we need one for the nonprofit sector in Ontario?

This workshop is a chance to discuss the data nonprofits use, what we need access to, and the core elements of a strategy that is being developed by dozens of organizations across Ontario. After a history of who’s in the picture now and where the work is heading, this session will provide participants with starting points to put data to work for their organizations, and a chance to share perspectives on next steps in this strategic work to support Ontario’s nonprofit sector.

There are a ton of other exciting discussions at the summit that we are excited to attend. We hope to see you there!

If you cannot make it to the event, follow the event at #CKX

Ajah co-presenting Open Data for International Development

We’ve been a little silent on the blog lately because we’re just putting the finishing touches on a big announcement in regards to Fundtracker.  We’ve been busy behind the scenes though on several fronts, including in our work in the open data community and aid transparency.

Ajah’s CEO Michael Lenczner is a big fan of open data.  He’s even been invited to present at several Open Data conferences across the world in the last year.  So we’re happy to tell you a bit about this week’s Open Data for International Development meetup in Montreal that we’re co-presenting with Groupsia and Open North.

Joni Hillman from Development Initiatives in the UK will be in Montreal this coming Friday evening to talk about the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) as well as the upcoming international IATI meeting to be held in Montreal.   Also in attendance will be Yohanna Loucheur from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), who will discuss Aid Transparency in Canada.

The event is Friday, December 13th from 6pm to 8pm at Station C in Montreal.  Click here for information or to register.

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!

By |December 4th, 2012|Ajah at Events|0 Comments|

Canadian Charities & Social Media

One of the highlights of the AFP Congress 2012 in Toronto last week were the great sessions about charities and social media, and one was of particular interest. Julie Fiorini – Director of Digital Marketing at Stephen Thomas – gave an interesting talk called, “An Inside Look at How Canadian Charities Use Social Media” which built on data that we gathered for the agency earlier this year.

You can see a summary of their findings in Julie’s article in Hilborn’s How Canadian charities use social media.

Our Bags are Packed!

Both Michaels (Lenczner and Boyle), Daniel and Trish will all be waking up bright and early Monday morning and hopping on a plane. They are heading to this year’s AFP congress in Toronto.

AFP is the Association for Fundraising Professionals. Congress is an annual opportunity for fundraisers across Canada to get to know one another and talk about what is happening in their field. The theme is Collaboration: Limitless Together!

This is the second year in a row that we will have a booth at congress. Drop by for a free demonstration or leave your business card and sign up for our newsletter to be entered in a draw to win some artisanal chocolate and champagne!

We’ll be at booth number 205 so come say hi!

By |November 16th, 2012|Ajah at Events|0 Comments|

ROCAJQ – soirée Leviers

Last night some of the Ajah team (Michael and Mathieu) suited up to attend ROCAJQ‘s soirée Leviers. ROCAJQ is an association of independent youth organizations made up of fifty rural and urban youth organizations in Quebec. It advocates for youth involvement in the community and provides these organizations with the support they need to take action. Every year ROCAJQ hosts this gala to celebrate the contributions and successes of their member organizations. The goal is not only to acknowledge the achievements of youth organizations but also to motivate youth to get involved and raise funds for the cause.

Though we’re not quite used to suits and red carpet events, ROCAJQ’s soirée Leviers was totally worth it. We’d really like to thank Sylvie Norris for hosting such a great evening and Annie Gauvin, the executive director of ROCAJQ.

Michael Lenczner & Mathieu Leduc-Hamel at Rocajq Gala

By |November 8th, 2012|Ajah at Events|0 Comments|

Teamwork! Philanthropic Foundations Canada Symposium 2012

We are really looking forward to the 2012 PFC Symposium, especially because this year, Ajah’s CEO Michael Lenczner will be speaking at it! The conference will be in Montreal and the theme is Funder Collaboration: Making It Work. There’s a great lineup of prominent speakers who will discuss how to work together, share resources and scale up programs to tackle big issues.

Register soon and take a look at the schedule because Tuesday evening we’ll have the pleasure of sharing the stage with Pat Else, of the Trillium Foundation, discussing “Looking Ahead: What’s Next for Collaboration?” and how innovative tools, like Ajah Fundtracker, can help locate the resources and infrastructure necessary for happy collaboration. See you there!

By |September 26th, 2012|Ajah at Events|0 Comments|

In need of a different hobby

Michael participated in a hackathon the other day (don’t ask, it’s just something that geeks do for fun). This one was especially interesting in that it was hosted by McGill University and focused on innovation in healthcare. Apparently Michael has been spending some of the time we let him take off helping disability advocates use technology to achieve their goal of mapping the accessibility of Montreal’s public spaces. He is both a softie and a total nerd.

His project won two prizes (show-off) – “Innovation most likely to succeed” and “Best use of geolocation”. Mazel tov!

Our First AFP Congress

(Well, we’ve attended before, but this is the first year that we have a booth)

AFP Congress in Toronto is Canada’s biggest fundraising conference. With 1000 delegates and 4 tracks over 3 days, it’s pretty serious. There’s nothing like it in the rest of the non-profit sector. It’s great to re-connect with the friends and acquaintances we have met before. And the level of speakers and workshops is realy high.

If you’re around, make sure to come by our booth. And if you’re not around, you should consider coming next year.

By |January 4th, 2012|Ajah at Events|0 Comments|

CSR-ing it up

Our research team, under the management of our wonderful Bhavya Raju Mandya, has been focusing on beefing up our corporate granting info in Fundtracker. To support that focus, we decided that it would be worthwhile to attend today’s Corporate & Community Social Responsibility Conference. Bhavya, Mike, and interns Hilary Angus and Mariama Barry all made the trip this morning.

The twitter account for the conference is CCSRConference and the hashtag for the conference is CCSR2011.

Stream 3 has a focus on community granting and has lots of friendly faces from the non profit sector including Michael Allen from the Ottawa United Way, Allyson Hewitt from MARS, Stephen Huddart from the McConnell Foundation, Ian Bird from Community Foundations of Canada, Sherri Torjman from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Gena Rotstein from her company, Dexterity Consulting, and David LePage from the organization Enterprising Non-Profits.

By |November 15th, 2011|Ajah at Events|0 Comments|