You’ve heard it now before, Manitoba is Canada’s most generous province per capita. Today it’s important to note how that is measured. It’s measured by tax filers, not by government support but by everyday Manitobans who generously support charitable organizations in our community.
Our Province is experiencing a shift. For the last year, all examples pointed to the potential for our Government to move from being known as a principle philanthropic donor. Their support was often counted on as a first step to campaign planning. Now, it appears they can be counted on as a funding partner with opportunities in newer, more emerging areas of investment including social impact bonds.
Change is always difficult and this could represent a significant change to how the nonprofit sector is funded. However, with change comes opportunity. We have the chance to get back to the fundamentals of fundraising. Here are my top three suggestions:
This is a time of change but also a time of opportunity. It’s the time to be adaptable and show positive leadership. Thank those who have been your closest donors, volunteers and investors, review your goals and your activities, understand the newer forms of giving and ensure your organization is ready to adapt to the next phase of reality. If our sector commits to this, Manitoba will continue to be known as our country’s most generous province.