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Equity crowdfunding prepares to disrupt U.S. markets

By Jordan Phoenix, CSI Reporter

New York City - Crowdfunding has become somewhat of a revelation for creative and business-savvy types all around the globe over the past few years. The amount of collective funds raised worldwide via crowdfunding platforms has nearly doubled year over year recently; jumping from an estimated $1.5 billion in 2011, to $2.7 billion in 2012, all the way up to $5.1 billion in 2013.

Collaborating for success. New open source tool kits from Creative Trust

By Jini Stolk, Chair of ONN and Creative Trust Research Fellow at the Toronto Arts Foundation

Tech Trends and Best Practices: Nonprofit Edition

Techsoup CanadaBy Joyce Hsu, Communications Coordinator, TechSoup Canada

Technology advances at such a rapid pace that it becomes hard for you, the hardworking nonprofit, to determine which tools are good, long lasting solutions - especially when you already don’t have the time to keep up with the latest technologies.

Turnout Toronto - a civic engagement fair at CSI

By Jodie Shupac, CSI Reporter

The room buzzing with energy and curiosity, last month’s Turnout Toronto event felt somewhat reminiscent of a middle school science fair. Held January 14 in the CSI Annex Lounge, Turnout Toronto—aptly named, with over 500 people in attendance—was indeed intended as a kind of civic engagement fair, an innovative opportunity for CSI members and non-members alike to get acquainted with a diverse range of local advocacy and civic engagement groups.

Events at CSI: uncover opportunities for collaboration

Our Toronto and New York City Events Coordinators share some highlights from the past year...

By Erin Kang, Events Coordinator at CSI in Toronto

Toronto - Events at CSI exemplify the very spirit that sets us apart, showcasing the diversity and connectivity of the people in our community.

Introducing CSI’s Emeritus Council

On March 22nd, CSI will officially be 10 years old! It’ll be 10 years from the date we incorporated the Centre for Social Innovation. As you likely know, it’s been one heck of a ride since, and we have many of you to thank for that!

Building the pipeline for social entrepreneurship

In May 2013, the Centre for Social Innovation announced the launch of the Ontario Catapult Microloan Program enabling us to provide microloans ranging from $5K - $25K to members of our community.

Community building through public art

By Rudayna Bahubeshi

Bell murals It can be as big as a 250-foot mural, as small as a painting on a nondescript utility box, and as ephemeral as a mob of “gangsters” descending on a subway car to play ukuleles for unsuspecting morning commuters.

Getting to yes!

What would happen if we all thought about designing systems, products, or policies that were all about “getting to yes”?

By Adil Dhalla, Director of Culture a.k.a “The DOC”

ONN: Idea incubated at CSI goes from project to province-wide network for nonprofits

By Sarah Matsushita, Communications & Network Engagement Manager, Ontario Nonprofit Network

Ontario’s nonprofit sector is a driver of the economy with over 55,000 organizations creating $50 billion in economic impact for the province, and employing 600,000 people. The nonprofit sector is a key way for Ontarians to help shape their province.