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Ajah in the News

Ajah’s non-profit initiative PoweredbyData named one of top innovations in global philanthropy

We are very proud that are non-profit initiative PoweredbyData> has been named as one of the top ten innovations in global philanthropy by NPC in the UK. You can read more about in the NPC press release, as well as access the report. It’s exciting to see our work being recognized, and we even more excited to keep working on our projects.

A new report from think tank NPC recommends 10 philanthropic innovations from around the globe. ‘New and improved’ philanthropy could be introduced to the UK to drive up investment in social causes and make better use of money already invested.

Published today (8 October) 10 innovations in global philanthropy examines top philanthropic trends from across the world, and highlights new ideas and initiatives from across Europe, Australasia and the Americas. Each is recommended for adoption or expansion in the UK, to help philanthropists and foundations keep pace with demand for their funds.

In addition, we have been trying to get Canada’s leadership in this area recognized, and we are glad to see it included in the report:

The UK and Canada are leading the way in open data. The Canada Revenue Agency collects and publishes detailed financial, HR, and activity-level information about Canadian charities annually, and makes it available in machine-readable and manipulable format. This makes it easier for companies like Ajah—experts in open and ‘big’ data—to integrate it with other data streams to share information on the non-profit sector.

That CRA data was one of the datasets that we lobbied to have released, and it’s a key block of the non profit open data stack. Stay tuned for more information on that.

You can read the rest of the press release on the NPC site.
You can read the full report here.


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.


Interview about using government data to develop Fundtracker

Mike was interviewed by a very nice person from British Columbia’s open data portal. If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry – it’s just a big huge geek thing that we spend a lot of time thinking about.

Profile of an Open Data Developer: Ajah Fundtracker’s Michael Lenczner

Warning: intense geekery ahead.

Our CEO in the news

Our CEO, Michael Lenczner, was in the news last week. He was interviewed about the success of one his volunteer engagements, a citizen initiative he co-founded which has the goal of encouraging the adoption of an “open-data” policy by the city of Montreal.

Take a look (and listen) to find out about open data and why it’s an important step for democracy. It’s also an important issue for Ajah; we rely on government data in order to offer Fundtracker.
CBC radio interview and Montreal Gazette

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In the news

Another article on us. We’re about to launch our service in french, so this is good timing!

Chasse au trésor pour OSBL on

As they reported, we are sponsoring the Association des professionnels en gestion philanthropique and we’ll be answering questions about Fundtracker at a booth at their annual conference next week.

La version francophone du site devrait être en ligne d’ici le 2 mai, à l’occasion du congrès annuel de l’Association des professionnels en gestion philanthropique (APGP) lors duquel Ajah tiendra un kiosque.

Ajah Featured on Next Montreal

Ajah is featured today on Next Montreal. The article does a good job of explaining the problem, as well as the approach we are using to solve it. And for those of you who were wondering what we look like, there’s even a picture of the team!

You can read the article here.