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Philanthropy Spotlight - Dr. Bonnie Kaplan
Top 7 Over 70
Top 7 Over 70 - Award Winner
One of the projects we have been working on the past couple years has been around the Brain-Gut connection, so of course we had to sit down with Dr. Bonnie Kaplan to learn more about who she is and what community means to her.

Q. What does being t mean to you?
A.    Top 7 Over 70 allows me the opportunity to have a stronger voice in terms of influencing mental health treatment. My work has centered around the impact that micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) have on brain development and function.

Q. How do you approach philanthropy?
A.    As a philanthropist I get to support my junior colleagues in important research studies that I am passionate about that advance scientific knowledge in mental health treatment.

Q. How do you know what success looks like?
A.    To me, success will be when the policy makers who run mental health clinics are ready to educate patients on the impact of micronutrients on brain development and function, especially within pediatrics. Many kids respond very well to micronutrient therapies.

Q. What do you want your legacy to be?
A.    I would love for my legacy to be that I changed mental health treatment to first employ nutrition education and micronutrients, prior to medication.
Client Case Study - Venture Philanthropy & Food Security
The Right to Eat Right
The YYC Food Security Fund was born in 2020, seeking to connect the two worlds of upstream food security, sustainable agricultural; production and distribution, with 'down stream' food insecurity - ensuring all citizens have adequate access to healthy and affordable food.

An initiative of Calgary philanthropist Zai Mamdani, supported through the Place2Give Foundation, the Fund seeks to build a thriving local food economy while addressing some of the challenges underpinning Calgary’s food ecosystem. Most food philanthropy focuses on the downstream aspects of food security – mainly through food charity.  The YYC Food Security Fund aims to also focus on the the upstream aspects focusing on local food production and distribution.
The Fund takes a venture philanthropy approach to investing in community 
prosperity, which means it aims to invest not just in existing models, but in rapid prototyping, testing and
evaluating new models. 

The Fund is also informed and shaped by business owners, merchants, suppliers, philanthropists, community activists, farmers, ranchers and other 
Other Spotlights
Blog Spotlight - Giving Vehicles
Giving Vehicles are corporate structures that govern the charitable assets. These giving vehicles differ in how funds are managed, and how donations are disbursed to organizations. In addition to writing cheques from your personal bank account, there are five types of giving vehicles for North American donors.

Types of Giving Vehicles
  1. Private Foundation – These are charitable structures where the majority of the capital comes from a single source, like a family or family business. The purpose of these structures is to fund other charitable organizations. It is important to note, that while they are called PRIVATE foundations, they are not outside of the public domain. Board information as well as past donations are available searchable on government websites.
  2. Public Foundation – These are charitable structures where the capital comes from multiple sources and the activities may be to fund other charities or to run their own programs/services.
  3. Community Foundation – These are public foundations that have individual sub-accounts of donors (i.e. the Smith family fund at the Springfield Community Foundation). These entities tend to have a hyper-local approach to funding. They may have limits on how, and by whom assets are managed, as well as the types contributions that can be received and the amounts that can be disbursed.
  4. Donor Advised Funds – These are public foundations, not unlike Community Foundations, but instead of being hyper-local, they have a broad mandate to allow donors to give to any registered charity. Some also have the ability to work with other funders and organizations to enter into collaborative funding models. In the case with DAFs, the donor advises on where to direct the funds, but ultimately the Board of Directors of the DAF have the final approval.
  5. Venture Philanthropy Funds – These are pooled assets from multiple sources with the sole purpose to invest in social purpose businesses and non-profit social enterprises. The investments can be in the form of grants, debt financing, or equity.
Charity Spotlight - Tamarack Institute
Covid Recovery
Authored by Lisa Attygalle, Director of Community Engagement, and Paul Born, President of Tamarack Institute, 10 – A Guide for a Community-Based COVID Recovery explores both why and how cities and communities have become such a force in community change, especially now during COVID-19. With an eye to the future, this guide captures this momentum, attempting to do so in practical and useful ways. 

This guide explores 10 stories of how communities are working together, 10 ideas on community-based recovery, and 10 useful resources for cities and communities interested in citizen-led community planning and innovation as you adapt and recover from COVID-19.
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