Posts by Abundance Canada

Life Lessons for (or is that from?) a New Generation

By Darren Pries-Klassen, CEO Abundance Canada Hope for the Future About two years ago, I had the privilege of speaking at the same conference as 10-year-old Manitoba activist Alliana Rempel. Inspired by reading “I am Malala”, this precocious pre-teen founded the charity ‘Battle the Bad with Beauty’ in support of children’s rights to education. About…

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A Simple Thank You!

By Marlow Gingerich, Gift Planning Consultant Time, Talent, and Treasure It seems Canadians are busier now then they ever have been, and finding balance is proving the holy grail quest of our age. Despite the competing demands of modern life, many continue to hold fast to the age-old exhortation to give freely of our “time,…

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A Summer of Opportunity

It’s a Long Summer Right about now, both parents and kids are realizing there’s a lot of time left before school is back in session. While the first few weeks of summer vacation were a blessed relief from the grind of school wake-ups and homework, many families are now facing the all-too-familiar refrain of ‘I’m…

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Christmas in July

Darren Pries-Klassen, CEO From the Corner Office It Wasn’t Always About Advertising For the past 70 years, North American advertisers have used the concept of “Christmas in July” to sell everything from overstocked holiday supplies to furniture and automobiles. But, did you know that this advertising trope has origins in a late 1930s and early…

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Maximum Impact

“I felt like I wanted my money to have maximum impact in the world, even when I’m not here anymore,” says Abundance Canada client Christine Kampen. Having lived a life led by her innate compassion for others and deep conviction of generosity, by her early thirties, Christine knew that she wanted to go the extra…

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Making an Impact

Darren Pries-Klassen, Executive Director From the Corner Office People give to charity for many different reasons, but one thing they all share is the desire to make a difference in the lives of others. Opportunities abound for generous people to give to a good cause. Large national and international organizations vie for donations, small local…

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A Grandparent’s Gift

While parenting comes with the pressures to raise a child into a productive, happy, well-rounded adult, being a grandparent can be less goal-oriented. There is often more breathing room in the relationship. That generational distance positions grandparents perfectly to help instill the value of charitable giving in the next generation. A New Tradition Charity and…

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A Different Kind of Legacy

Sherri Grosz, Gift Planning Consultant Over the course of their life together, Doug and Heather Leung* raised a happy family and built up a successful business. They worked hard in the shop and instilled in their children the value of hard work, simple living and care for others. Although Doug and Heather had often dreamed…

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June 2018

This spring, we are celebrating family generosity. How do you nurture a culture of generosity in your family? We have gathered some stories, advice and resources that will help your family along its generosity journey. We invite you to share, like and comment! Click here to read the June Generosity Matters e-newsletter >

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A Will Worth Making

By Peter Dryden, Gift Planning Consultant Like more than half of all Canadian adults, Roger[1] did not have a will[2]. As a child, he had been adopted into a wealthy family. Although he loved them deeply, he struggled to form a strong relationship with his siblings. They never became close. In adulthood, their connection faded…

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