Children of the Street Society (COTS) is a provinicial society and federal chairty, concerned with the growing number of children coerced into and exploited within the sex trade in British Columbia. COTS's mission is to take a proactive approach through public awareness,...
Groundbreaking thought needs good packaging, otherwise, it can be dismissed as crazy talk, or mistaken for same old, same old.
We can throw money at charities and walk away. Read their newsletters when they arrive in the mailbox. Go to an event or two during our membership year. Respond when the dues renewal notice comes with another check.
Responding to charity with checks is an emotional response. You’ve done well financially and you feel guilt about that. You’ve done well and want to share your good fortune, you believe in what charity x is doing. You are a good person. These are all valid reasons for giving.
The words "social enterprise" come up often these days. Many people are intrigued by the notion and many are misinformed. Venture philanthropist's eyes light up when the phrase is repeated. To them, it's philanthropy with a business twist....something easily understood, and far less daunting than the unfamiliar "nonprofit". Generating profit is generally what they do best.
Whenever anyone wants to try something new, something big and bold, no matter what the field; science, education, business and yes, even philanthropy, once there is even a glimmer of possible future success, those people are often referred to as “pioneers”, “cutting edge thinkers” and to put an even more marketable name on it, “change agent”. These two little words seem to sum up the growing number of people trying to institute profound change and implement new thought. In pursuit of a new society.