December 2017

Crafting Your Story to Make an Impact


by Marlie Whittle “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – Dalai Lama Fundraising is about creating or strengthening the relationship between a person and the mission of an organization. This connection is created when the people closest to the cause, volunteers, staff, board members, those who receive the services or the donors, share their passion for the organization with excitement (or urgency) and authenticity. The

Crafting Your Story to Make an Impact2018-06-12T10:57:36-04:00

November 2017

Fundraising for People Who Don’t Like Fundraising


by Marlie Whittle We have all said it: “I’m just one person, what difference can I make?” There are two things that I would like you to consider next time you are inclined to utter some version of that sentence. First, if you don’t try, someone else will. Second, if you do try, you won’t be alone for long. In the sessions I attended at Toronto’s Association of Fundraising Professionals Congress 2017 recently, I

Fundraising for People Who Don’t Like Fundraising2018-06-12T10:56:43-04:00

October 2017

Inspiring Giving in 5 Steps


by Marlie Whittle M&M International had the privilege of attending the Stewardship Education Network for Development's Annual Conference with the Anglican Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The theme of the conference was generosity but these insightful presentations and discussions sparked questions about aging congregations, mission renewal and discipleship. With a stunning view of the South Saskatchewan River, Queens House Retreat Center created a calming atmosphere which cultivated conversations about re-envisioning the role of the church within

Inspiring Giving in 5 Steps2018-06-12T10:58:49-04:00

July 2017

A Case for Sustainability


by Marlie Whittle Earlier this month, M&M International attended Bob Willard's Advanced Master Class of the Sustainability ROI Workbook. This event was held at the Centre for Social Innovation in Regent Park by The Roots Collaborative. After 34 years working for IBM, Bob Willard knows a thing or two about business. He has a PhD in sustainability from the University of Toronto and in 2002 he wrote The Sustainability Advantage, the first of many books aimed at helping

A Case for Sustainability2018-06-12T10:59:28-04:00

June 2017

Learning to Lead for Impact


On Thursday, June 8th, M&M International hosted Theresa Murphy's Seven Levels of Leadership Workshop at the Spadina Center for Social Innovation. Theresa is an exceptionally talented and certified leadership coach who, when she is not running her own business, consults for M&M International. The workshop focused on the energy we bring to different situations and how it mediates our responses in those situations. We learned to be more aware of the ways in

Learning to Lead for Impact2017-06-10T09:02:49-04:00

Sharelife Golf Tournament


M&M International was proud to be a part of the 22nd annual Sharelife Corporate Golf Tournament today. "The ShareLife Corporate Golf Tournament raises nearly $67,000 in critical funds in support of many social service agencies that each day helps the poor, homeless and marginalized in the Greater Toronto Area and Simcoe. Last year these agencies provided services to many people, serving the entire community regardless of religious affiliation. Many of these agencies would struggle to exist

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April 2017

Congratulations St. Francis de Sales Parish: $210,000 Over Goal!


"Fundraising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry. It is a way of announcing our vision and inviting other people into our mission." - Henri Nouwen The members of St. Francis de Sales' Campaign Committee were all smiles at our last Committee meeting because St. Francis de Sales had exceeded their Family of Faith goal of $640, 000 in only four months. Reaching their financial goal was

Congratulations St. Francis de Sales Parish: $210,000 Over Goal!2017-04-24T16:30:08-04:00

March 2017

Exploring Sacred Spaces: A Reflection


March 13th, 2017 Marlie Whittle Architects, urban planners, ministers, educators, environmentalists and people representing various faiths gathered on Saturday, March 11th at the University of Toronto's Multi-Faith Centre for a seminar hosted by Faith and the Common Good and the Green Awakening Network. The 2017 Annual Forum, "Exploring Sacred Space; Regenerating Places of Faith," provided insight and encouraged "winning" ideas for transforming buildings of worship and mission to better serve the broader

Exploring Sacred Spaces: A Reflection2017-04-24T16:15:25-04:00

November 2016

Wrapping Up St. Francis Xavier’s Family of Faith Campaign


After over a year of hard work by staff, volunteers and the clergy at St. Francis Xavier and with the help of M&M International's team, St. Francis Xavier parish in Mississauga was able to successfully achieve their Family of Faith campaign goal. Thanks to the generosity of their parishioners who pledged and donated 2.4 million dollars, in addition to contributing to the Archdiocesan Family of Faith campaign, the parish will be able to eliminate their debt in the

Wrapping Up St. Francis Xavier’s Family of Faith Campaign2017-02-12T09:11:57-05:00

October 2016

Martha and Murray speak at the third annual Resources for Mission’s stewardship gathering


An excerpt from Primate: Fundraising and Evangelism Go Together by Andre Forget : Drawing attention to a study done on growing churches in the United Kingdom, Asselin noted that many of the key elements in building a healthy church—strong leadership, clear sense of purpose, adaptability and willingness to spend time nurturing individuals—are also essential in fundraising. Indeed, if done properly, fundraising is a form of evangelism, and evangelism contributes to fundraising, she said. In order for

Martha and Murray speak at the third annual Resources for Mission’s stewardship gathering2017-02-12T09:11:57-05:00
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