From Ski Accident to Grateful Patient Donor in 4 Days

Accidents happen! Life altering ones, little ones and everything in between. A quote from Nelson Mandela I saw on my Facebook timeline recently reminded me of an important lesson I had learned the hard way two weeks shy of my 13th birthday. “It is in character of growth that we should learn from both pleasant

Mom is gone. Now what?

My mom passed away last week. Peaceful woman, salt of the earth, respected with a great sense of humor. Not only was she my mother, she was also the loving mother to 8 children, 26 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. By all accounts, I considered her a tremendous influencer to many – not just

Rob Ford Fundraising – Accept or Decline?

A couple of months ago, in a blog post (with CBC video) I called “Great story! Woman finds $17,000 & donates it back”, I lauded the story about a 70-year-old woman who thought she’d won an alarm clock at a Princess Margaret hospital fundraiser only to find it stuffed with a wad of bills and

Giving Tuesday – Really?

I consider myself to be fairly in the know when it comes to the general trends in fundraising. I’m also truly passionate about helping charities move forward toward the most effective ways to engage consumers. If you read my blogs regularly, you’ve no doubt heard me harping about the need to stand out from the

Where do the homeless go at night? Finding a home in an unlikely place

If there’s one thing we all strive to find in this world – perhaps above most others – is to find a place we can call home. Home is where we find a sense of security and where we retreat to when we feel threatened. But coming home isn’t always to the most comfortable of

Fitting In

By: Mark Hierlihy, September 6, 2013 I have a confession to make. I’ve never felt like I fit in. But before you start feeling sorry for me, or worry that I am going to share my deep-rooted emotional problems, hear me through. As a geeky kid with buck teeth and big ears, I really didn’t