Our TEDX Talk: Volunteers Leading Change

Anne Melanson

Bloom President Anne Coyle Melanson’s TEDX presentation February 11, 2016 on voluntarism in Canada, “Volunteers Leading Change.” Charities need you now more than ever before. Not only do the charitable …

Why BandAid is Being Viewed as BandWagon

Anne Melanson

Mainstream and social media are abuzz over widespread criticism of the efforts of Bob Geldof and members of music’s glitterati to raise funds in support of eradicating Ebola. “BandAid30” is …

On turning 5

Anne Melanson

Today Bloom turns 5. On turning 5, we can’t believe how quickly that went by. What a tremendous time we’ve had! Our intrepid little team have worked with clients of …

Do Canadians Trust Charities?

Anne Melanson

A question that has been raised is, Do Canadians Trust Charities?  Released Sunday, Muttart Foundation’s opinion survey of Canadian’s views on the charitable sector revealed some surprising findings, including eroding …

I’m Lovin’ It.

Anne Melanson

While I’m no fan of McDonald’s food, I can’t fault them for having an effective tagline that people remember. Here are some tagline gems from the nonprofit world…winners of the …

Early Bird Deadline April 15

Anne Melanson

  Registration is now open for the Maritime Fundraising Conference and the Maritime Philanthropy Awards…both to be held in Halifax May 23rd. For this conference Early Bird Deadline April 15, …

The Day is Coming

Anne Melanson

With great excitement, after just a short period of thinking, The Day is Coming. we would like to say “Congratulations” to our intrepid friends and colleagues at Mount Saint Vincent University! …

Bloom Client Declares Victory

Anne Melanson

Our heartfelt congratulations to the outstanding volunteer leaders and generous donors in Pictou County, whose support ensured success of the Pictou County Wellness Centre Campaign. Yet another Bloom Client Declares …

Congratulations to Samantha!

Anne Melanson

The 2012 Maritime Philanthropy Awards proved to be another wonderful opportunity for Maritimers to celebrate the power of philanthropy in our communities around the region. Congratulations to all the nominees …

The Cost of High Turnover in Fundraising Jobs.

Anne Melanson

According to Penelope Burk of Cygnus Applied Research, replacing fundraising staff is costing charities a lot of money. Burk estimates it costs over $127,000 to find a qualified replacement, while …

Maritime Fundraising Conference May 10 & 11

Anne Melanson

Maritime Fundraising Conference May 10 & 11…at the World Trade and Convention Centre. Great lineup of speakers, and sessions designed for both junior and senior level professionals. Registration for the …

Celebrating a Great Client Success

Anne Melanson

Since August of 2010, we have been privileged to provide fundraising strategic and management counsel to the $7 million Campaign for the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Campaign has realized …

Getting Real on Ratings for 2012

Anne Melanson

Let’s start 2012 off with a fresh perspective on the relative value of charity rankings and ratings. Getting Real on Ratings for 2012.  See this Calgary Herald article by Katherine …

Pathways aims for a Graduation Nation

Anne Melanson

The Pathways to Education initiative first launched in Toronto’s Regent Park district over a decade ago. The Pathways much lauded program provides mentoring, tutoring, post-secondary bursaries and financial supports to …

Mike “Pinball” Clemons to Speak Nov. 15th in Halifax

Anne Melanson

AFP Nova Scotia’s annual National Philanthropy Day Celebration will this year feature renowned speaker Mike “Pinball” Clemons. Mike “Pinball” Clemons has become in internationally renowned speaker, following a storied career …

Lawyers targeted over charity tax schemes

Anne Melanson

Charity tax schemes — financial and structural mechanisms through which taxpayers attempt to get charitable tax credits greater than the value of their charitable giving — have led to a …

Nominations Now Open for 2011 Maritime Philanthropy Awards

Anne Melanson

Nominations Now Open for 2011 Maritime Philanthropy Awards. Categories are Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist; Outstanding Sponsorship Partner; Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising Group; Outstanding Individual Philanthropist; Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist; …

Celebrate International Women’s Day 2011

Anne Melanson

Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. It’s a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of women in every aspect of Canadian society — including the charitable …

The (not so) Little Economic Engine that Could

Anne Melanson

By Carolyn P. Marshall, CFRE Partner, Bloom Non Profit Consulting Group aiming to help create your Little Economic Engine  By most accounts, the struggling economy is slowly beginning to recover. …

Organizations … Much Ado About Nothing?

Carolyn Marshall

An article in today’s Globe & Mail about the implications of the newly-enacted Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act may have had some organizations scrambling this morning to find pro bono legal …

And Now a Different Perspective

Anne Melanson

From a Different Perspective , Uncharitable’s author Dan Pallotta weighed in on the impacts of controversial Bill C-470 in this morning’s Globe & Mail. (Bill C-470 proposes a hard salary cap of …

Who Inspires You?

Anne Melanson

Every vibrant community has them…people who go out of their way to offer encouragement, help others, and make lives better. Looking into your own life Who Inspires You? Big Brothers, Big …

Should charities “un-recognize” BP Resources?

Anne Melanson

Consider the dilemma now faced by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. Should charities “un-recognize” BP Resources? The aquarium has permanently named an organizational asset (its Sea Otter …

Collaboration on the Rise

Anne Melanson

Hot off the presses, Imagine Canada’s Sector Monitor reveals some impressive statistics around the resourcefulness of progressive-thinking charitable organizations with Collaboration on the Rise. Of the 1,224 organizations surveyed, an …