It’s that time of year again when holiday celebrations abound, charities focus their fundraising efforts, and best-of lists appear. And so, we present the Top 10 Imagine Canada Blogs of 2017 - as read by you - and the key issues they explore for the sector.
Top 10 Imagine Canada Blogs
Published in 2017
- How Sustainable Development Goals Will Impact Your Fundraising
- Board Recruitment and Selection
- National Post column author lack understanding of “political activities”
- Demystifying Data for the Charitable Sector
- Secrets from young people on how to hire for entry-level positions
- Public Engagement and How to Get it Right
- Your Pre-Budget 2018 Cheat Sheet
- Branding your cause: 7 keys to recognition and results
- Reconciliation in the Charitable Sector
- A Call to Action on Youth Employment
Messages that Matter
Taking a look at this list, a few key trends emerge. Board governance, fundraising and communicating your impact are all core issues that charities and nonprofits deal with everyday. As trends emerge and tips or policies arise, we will continue to bring them forward. We are always looking for best practices to share.
The next generation - how to hire and support them - also remained top of mind. The demographic shifts that we are undergoing in our country continue to have an impact on the sector. With more research coming out from Imagine Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation in January, we will continue to explore this topic, and look at how age relates to patterns in giving and volunteering.
Perhaps the best news for Imagine Canada - all of our hard work on public policy initiatives is really gaining momentum. On behalf of the sector, we have taken concrete steps towards creating change, especially at the Federal level. From the need for better data on our sector, to lobbying for changes to the rules surrounding policy work itself, to our regular work on government budget submissions, we are thrilled to know you’re keeping yourself informed and engaged.
Lastly, one of our most recent posts on Reconciliation in the Charitable Sector has resonated with our readership. Only up for a month so far, its popularity is a clear indication that it will continue to be of interest, and that the sector at large may be readying itself to step up to the plate in a meaningful way. We look forward to continuing this journey in 2018.
These themes also resonated in the top three most read Imagine Canada blogs that remained popular in 2017:
- Myths about Young People and Nonprofit Work (2016) - Our most read blog ever!
- Marketing is Not Fundraising (2016)
- Ranking the Charity Rankings (2015)
As we head into 2018, we look forward to continuing to bring you information and ideas that are of interest and useful to your work. We hear you and will continue to share more with the help of Imagine Canada staff and expert guest bloggers. So grab a blanket, some hot chocolate, and curl up for a good read.