Charity Highlight | Pink Pearl Foundation

Welcome to our weekly charity and non-profit highlight. Each week we will be shining the spotlight on a different charity or non-profit, who, in our humble opinion, deserves some extra recognition for the work that they do.

Originating in Niagara Region, Pink Pearl Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that provides support, facilitates connections and empowers young women who are courageously working through the social and emotional challenges of cancer, currently across southern Ontario.

View More: Elise Gasbarrino, a 31-year-old ovarian cancer survivor and Founder of Pink Pearl Foundation. While undergoing cancer treatment in her early twenties, she felt certain elements were missing from her experience—a way to connect with women her age facing the same issues, and a means for women to conquer their issues together.

Fast forward 10 years and her vision has transformed into this extraordinary charitable organization made up of more than 30 dedicated volunteers, focused on bringing together young women affected by cancer through a network of peer support and innovative programs.

The Pink Pearl Foundation has successfully raised more than $185,000 to date through reputable fundraising initiatives, such as the Black & White with a Touch of Pink annual springtime gala. Funds raised provide effective and fully-funded programming for young women, between the ages of 18 and 40, battling cancer of any type.

Continual programming for fePink Pearl Foundation Retreatmale participants currently includes: day-long and over-night wellness retreats; ask-the-expert health information sessions; and in-hospital support packages.

So, how can you get involved? Start by checking out their exciting volunteer opportunities. Perhaps make a donation to help facilitate their cancer support movement. Or organize a group of friends to attend an upcoming fundraising gala on April 8, 2016 in Toronto! However you decide to get involved,  the Pink Pearl Foundation will sincerely appreciate your efforts!

Thank you for taking time to learn about Pink Pearl Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping bridge gaps in cancer support and care. To learn more and help spread the word, visit:

Twitter: @PinkPearlFdn

Charity Highlight | Victim Services Niagara (VSH)

Welcome to our weekly charity and non-profit highlight. Each week we will be shining the spotlight on a different charity or non-profit, who, in our humble opinion, deserves some extra recognition for the work that they do.

This week we’re giving the speaking conch to Victim Services Niagara (VSN).

Victim Services Niagara
VSN exists to serve people who are in a particularly vulnerable state: victims of crime, tragedy, and trauma. They adopt an insightful approach to caring, listening, and supporting, the “HEAL” system.


Help victims cope with the impact of crime and/or tragic circumstance.

Educate about and promote victim assistance in the community.

Assist victims in accessing appropriate support services in our community.

Lessen the trauma of the victims.

VSN runs a number of programs, such as their 24/7 Emergency Referral Line, their Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP), as well as teaching people how to hide their internet activity, necessary for people who can’t have abusive partners aware of visiting the VSN’s site.

As well as running several of their own programs, they are also a hub for resources in the community. With direct access to Gillian’s Place and Women’s Place of South Niagara for victims of domestic abuse, and access to other victim’s resources such as Distress Centre Niagara , it is no wonder that the regional police are thankful for their contributions.

“Niagara Regional Police partner with and appreciate Victim Services Niagara in providing support to victims of all crime in our community.” – Chief of Police, Wendy Southall, Niagara Regional Police Service

Their unique volunteer position, which allows caring and compassionate individuals over the age of 25 to complete a 40 hour training course, is designed to send crisis responders to to assist emergency personnel wherever their services are needed.

Crime and tragedy can happen to anyone, at any time. Having a localized victim services program like the VSN often means that victims are able to escape toxic or harmful situations, as well as begin the process of healing, thanks to the appropriate supports being available.

Due to the nature of the VSN’s programs, the number of victims served and which crimes or trauma they are victims of, are not public knowledge. With that in mind, on behalf of all citizens of Ontario who hope to make this a safe and inclusive province for all, we at Charity Republic want to extend a huge “Thank You” to Victim Services Niagara and similar programs across the province.

Please visit their website to learn more about the work that they do or to become a volunteer.

8 Creative Ways to Show Volunteer Appreciation

Gratitude is the most powerful thing in the world. It’s said that it’s not happy people who are thankful but rather it’s thankful people who are happy.


Yet, recent studies have painted society as losing its civility, especially in the workplace. It seems that some people have confused niceties with inefficiencies and compliments with ulterior motives. And in our nonprofit space, this will not do.

Let’s put the gratitude back into our attitude. Volunteer appreciation should be the most important mandate we have. If it isn’t, there’s no time like the present for a nice change of pace.

Want to make sure your volunteers know you’re grateful for their service? Follow these suggestions and you’re sure to make them feel like the sun shines just for them!

… To continue reading our latest contribution to Volunteer Match, please click here.

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The Human Side of ROI: How to Qualitatively Measure Your Corporate Volunteer Program’s Impact

The era of employees clocking in at 9 a.m., completing their daily tasks, and then heading to physically clock out – and cognitively check out –  at 5 p.m. is over.

Quantitative and Qualitative

Work is intertwined with home life, and home life is carried into work each day. Technology has contributed to blurring the lines, but that seems to be the way we want it. Why? Maybe because more individuals are investing in their employer and taking pride in their organization’s brand – people actually want to be at work.

A huge contributor to this trend is employee volunteerism, which has risen steadily over the last decade. It’s a known fact that if you want the best talent you have to offer the best work environment, and lately, that means building an Employee Volunteer Program (EVP). People want to believe in what they do and more often than not this means giving your employees a chance to give back to their communities.

… To continue reading our latest contribution to Volunteer Match, please click here.

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OVCN and Charity Republic’s Strategic Partnership Provides Easy Access to new Volunteer Management Software

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Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) is pleased to announce a first-of-its-kind partnership with Waterloo Region’s leading volunteer software startup, Charity Republic. The partnership brings a solution to those who manage volunteers, making the software available to not-for-profits and charitable organizations across Ontario through their respective Volunteer Centres. The new software, a CRM for not-for-profits, creates easy and affordable access to an all-in-one web and mobile platform, making it easier to schedule, track, manage and report on volunteers.

Founder and CEO of Charity Republic, the Kitchener-based software company that designed the software, Popy Dimoulas-Graham said, “It is an honour to work with the OVCN and its member organizations to create a volunteer management solution that benefits volunteer managers and volunteers, as well as have a long-term impact on building capacity for charities and not-for-profits.”

Prior to and during the software development process, Charity Republic’s development team collaborated with over 60 charities and not-for-profit organizations to ensure that the software met the unique needs of its users, and helped them build greater capacity.

Speaking on behalf of the OVCN, PREB-Ontario’s Project Manager, Cody Palmer-Almond said, “Now that volunteers have the opportunity to gain a personalized, official PREB Certificate using the PREB-Ontario program, accurate and proper volunteer management is critical. The program not only helps managers of volunteers better record volunteers’ time and activities, but it also makes it much easier to accurately transfer volunteers’ attributes to PREB-Certificates.”

“This is the value that our amazing relationship with Charity Republic has brought to the voluntary sector and we are so thankful for their commitment to quality and excellence.”

This is not the only partnership OVCN has created with businesses in Waterloo Region. Volunteer Attract, has developed OVCN’s PREB-Ontario system, a set of proprietary online tools used to prepare personalized, official PREB Certificates. The company is also developing the OVCN and ChangetheWorld websites. These partnerships allow for closer collaboration and more complimentary, unified systems with greater user experiences.

About Charity Republic

Charity Republic is a software company specializing in software solutions for charities, non-profits, high schools and universities. The company promote meaningful volunteerism and community engagement via accessible and efficient technology solutions. In addition, they are already working with over 35 school districts and universities across Ontario, helping students and teachers to track and manage co-operative education, community service, practicums, volunteer hours and activities.

About OVCN

Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) is an unincorporated network of Volunteer Centres led by a Steering Committee. OVCN provides a provincial network and voice to strengthen the individual and collective ability of Volunteer Centres in Ontario, to promote and develop volunteerism. OVCN also inspires and strengthens leadership through community service and volunteer engagement, and promotes the 3Rs of volunteerism – Recruit! Retain! Recognize!

For more information, please contact:

Charity Republic
info [at]

Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN)
communications [at]

Charity Highlight | KW Humane Society

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Welcome to our weekly charity and non-profit highlight. Each week we will be shining the spotlight on a different charity or non-profit, who, in our humble opinion, deserves some extra recognition for the work that they do.

This week we will be barking up the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society‘s tree.

The KWHS is one of the largest humane society’s in Ontario and they have the space to care for over 62 dogs, 165 cats, and an assortment of birds, reptiles and small mammals.  I don’t know about you, but that sounds like somewhere I wish I could live.

And, thankfully, there is a lot of life there. They have been saving lives since 1927.  One of the amazing facts of the KWHS is that they do not receive any government funding, yet they manage to do so much for their community.

It is said that the mark of an advanced civilization is one that protects its animals, and that is exactly what they do. Their programs are amazing. When I was a support worker, I used to take the individuals I supported through tours of the KWHS building. The staff were as friendly and warm as the animals.

They are currently heading up “The 1000 challenge,” which seeks to engage 1,000 Waterloo Region residents to sign on to donate a minimum of $10 per month. they are also actively recruiting many volunteers for varying positions.

Do you like soft, cuddly animals? Do you want to spend your spare time being surrounded by adorableness and pure love? Yes, of course you do. Sign up here.

Still not convinced to volunteer? You would get to meet Phil!


Whitney wonders why you haven’t signed up to volunteer?


One last attempt, from J.J. Johnston:


Thanks for taking the time to learn about the KWHS, an excellent example of what can be done when people put their passion into their work. To learn more, check out their website right here.


How teachers are using digital tools to truly personalize learning

Nov 4, 2015

Excerpt from Canadian Business, by Peter NowakIllustration by Matt Murphy - Canadian Business

…School boards are similarly seeking out Charity Republic, based in Kitchener, Ont. The company makes an online tool for digitally tracking work placements, internships and volunteer hours. The idea revolves around replacing paper-based tracking methods, which can easily be lost. Like Sesame, Charity Republic creates data that can shared between teachers, students and parents.

‏“We found students weren’t graduating because they’d lost a piece of paper,” says founder Popy Dimoulas-Graham. “When they see students not graduating because of paper inefficiencies, schools are definitely drawn to using products like ours.”

‏Dimoulas-Graham had previously worked as an online course facilitator in epidemiology for the Public Health Agency of Canada before starting Charity Republic in 2010 with an eye to helping charities manage their volunteers. The business only started growing three years ago, after she realized the software could plug an existing hole in the education system.

‏Thirty-five school boards and universities in Ontario are now using Charity Republic’s software, with more coming soon in Alberta and British Columbia, she says. The company, which still deals with charities as well, is up to five full-time and two part-time employees.

To read the rest of this article, which was originally published in Canadian Business, please click here.

Charity Highlight | Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Welcome to our weekly charity and non-profit highlight. Each week we will be shining the spotlight on a different charity or non-profit, who, in our humble opinion, deserves some extra recognition for the work that they do.

This week we will be giving tribute to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

MS Society Blog

An estimated 100,000 Canadians are living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Of those, many experience symptoms that are traumatizing and terrifying. The MS Society of Canada exists to not only find a cure for MS (which currently does not exist), but also to improve the quality of life for Canadians living with the disease.

What most people are not aware of is that Canadians are at a higher risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis than any other nation on Earth. As their website states: “Simply put, it’s Canada’s disease.”

The initial shock and grief that follows a diagnosis of an incurable disease is indescribable except by those who have experienced it for themselves. The MS Listening website offers stories from over 6,000 Canadians living with the disease. Through this initiative, the MS Society of Canada has not only shown compassion and empathy for those living with MS, but it has also indirectly advocated for the de-stigmatization of what is sometimes known as an “invisible illness,” meaning that often the debilitating symptoms of the disease go unseen by the vast majority of people.

The MS Society of Canada makes a major impact in the lives of Canadians living with MS, as well as their loved ones. Offering transport services, adaptive exercise programs, and even “Day Away” programs focused on relaxation and social interaction, makes all the difference in someone’s overall quality of life.

Do you or a loved one in your life live with MS? If so, please visit the MS Society of Canada’s website to learn more about how you can connect with the resources you need to lift you or your loved one’s quality of life.

If you are looking to learn more about advocating, becoming a volunteer, or becoming a donor, please click here and/or contact a local chapter here.


Which Fundraising Event is Right for Your Organization?

Fundraising is the efforts to gather voluntary contributions of money or other resources for non-profit organizations. The process is not as simple as picking up the phone, talking to an investor and receiving a check. There are several ways to collect funds in a fundraising process, like fundraising through walk/run/cycling process, School Fundraisings, Creative Projects and Special events. According to a recent infographic compiled by Maximillion, nearly 64% of millennials prefer to fundraise through walk/run/cycling process and nearly 50% of all charities use special events as a way to raise money. You can find out some more interesting facts and statistics about the fundraising process from the below infographic.


Webinar Schedule | Charity Republic

Welcome to our Webinar Schedule information page. Below is a schedule of the days and times of our free weekly webinars.

Webinar Schedule ( Fall 2016)

Every Monday @ 10:00am – 10:30am EST

Every Tuesday @ 11:30am – 12:00pm EST

Every Wednesday @ 3:30pm – 4:00pm EST

This is a live webinar where we walk you through the software from start to finish and answer any questions you may have.

To register for your spot in one of our free webinars, please email us at

To learn more about our Volunteer Management Software, please visit us at