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Kin Canada & the Great Northern Alberta Fire of 2016

Jan 10, 2017 Jennifer Martin

Early in May 2016, a wildfire of unknown origin broke out in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in northwest Alberta, close to the city of Fort McMurray. In less than two days, the fire encroached upon Fort McMurray itself, resulting in the evacuation of the entire population of the city and the work camps and oil sands plants north of the city – a total of more than 94,000 people – to communities elsewhere in northern, central and southern Alberta. At its peak, the wildfire had consumed almost 590,000 hectares of tinder-dry boreal forest in Alberta and Saskatchewan, making it the largest and most expensive natural disaster in recorded Canadian history.

How to Effectively Promote Your Non-Profit Event on Social Media

Dec 06, 2016 Jennifer Martin

Social media can a noisy place, so it's important that you employ the following tactics to ensure your message makes it through.

Address Your Impact

In a previous post we spoke about the value of storytelling in non-profit and how it can help you effectively reach your audience in the digital age. A key part of telling your story is addressing the direct impact of your organization and your specific event. If it’s a recurring event, share pictures from past events, but also let your audience know last year’s outcome and the tangible benefits (and how those benefits might increase with a boon in participation).

How an Ontario Food Bank Became One of its Community’s Most Revered Charities

Nov 22, 2016 Jennifer Martin

As a not-for-profit service organization, Kin Canada is exposed to many stories of human compassion and service. We are lucky to be constant witness to stories of friendship and generosity that come from within our organization and from those we have the pleasure of partnering with or simply existing alongside.

And when the holiday season is approaching, food security is one of the issues that’s squarely on our minds.

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming the Executive Director of the Barrie Food Bank into our midst to talk about the overwhelming shift seen within the organization in the last few years. He shared with us inspiring stories of a food bank client turned millionaire donor and a complete turnaround in community engagement that has resulted in a 50 per cent boon to the organization’s donations.

So what can we learn from this growth? Here are five shared values that have driven much of what we do here at Kin Canada as well as helped the Barrie Food Bank become one of the most lauded and engaged with charities in its community.

What to Expect When Giving Blood (and 8 Tips for a Stress-Free Donation)

Nov 15, 2016 Jennifer Martin

Donating blood can be a straightforward, effective way to make an immediate and measurable impact within your community. But it’s not always the easiest thing to commit to.

We get it.

It can be an intimidating process for a lot of people, largely because you don’t know what to expect and, you know, you’re giving blood. That’s not always an easy thing to visualize.

Two members of Kin Canada HQ recently went to donate blood in support of our partnership with Canadian Blood Services, and wanted to share what they learned in the hopes that we could help alleviate some nerves of people interested in giving back.

Remembering Harold Rogers, Our Founder

Nov 09, 2016 Jennifer Martin

By: Chas. E. Sherwood, Editor

The following article was published in the September 1st, 1926 edition of Kin Magazine, Vol. 4 No. 1.

Harold Allen Rogers was a Canadian, born in London, Ontario, on January the third, eighteen ninety-nine. His parents, Charles F. and Mrs. Rogers, were also Canadian born, the children of Devonshire families. Harold attended school in London. After passing through public and technical schools he took a course at the Westervelt Business College at London. Following this he entered the service of the Home Bank of Thorndale.

Letters from Britain 5: Best Wishes

Jul 25, 2016 Sarah Welton

Missed the previous letters from Britian? Get caught up and then keep reading. 

Today's letters are also from the bulletin marked March 31st, 1943, making them over 73 years old. Many of the little kids who are being referenced in these letters would be in their 70's or 80's today. With how historic these letters are, it's amazing to still be able to read them and share them today. 

 

 

 

Letters from Britain 2: Grateful Matrons

Jul 04, 2016 Sarah Welton

It was very important during World War II for any communications from overseas to be shared in any way possible. Getting in touch with someone was not an instant process the way it is today. Kin knew that finding some way to share the letters they were receiving from Britain with Kinsmen and Kinettes across the country would go a long way towards providing motivation for the Milk for Britain campaign. 

So, the practice continues as we prepare for the launch of the new Milk for Britain documentary by sharing some of those same letters. If you missed the first part of Letters from Britain, you can read it here.