Big News: Crowdfunding Pilot Launched


A key barrier in creating strong non-profit organizations is access to donor dollars to improve the skill level and infrastructure in an organization. This collaboration between our founding sponsor (The Margaret and Andrew Stephens Family Foundation), our members , and Propellus aims to address this challenge through crowdfunding. Continue reading

Is a Joint Venture or Strategic Partnership right for my Organization?


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Written By: Jeremy Busch-Howell*, member of the Board of Directors

In an earlier post I discussed joint ventures, strategic partnerships and mergers as strategic alternatives that non-profits should consider as part of their strategic process, and how such strategic alternatives are particularly relevant in our current economic climate. In this post I will discuss certain matters that should be considered prior to entering into a joint venture or strategic partnership (for ease, joint ventures and strategic partnerships will be referred to jointly as “joint ventures”, recognizing that there are certain differences between the two). Continue reading

Becoming CEO of Propellus


Written By: Doug Watson, Director Member Services & Operations

I guess it starts with dropping out of high school (oops, not supposed to tell people that). Actually it’s true. One of the reasons I didn’t just drop out once but three times is because I didn’t like the way things were run. Even in my ignorance I understood that things could be a little neater, a little tidier, even take into account the person you are serving when deciding how things will happen. Continue reading

Meet the Funder: Dani DeBoice – First Calgary Financial

At Propellus, we work to strengthen organizations. We decided that a MEET THE FUNDERS SERIES could help non-profit organizations shed some light on the process of fundraising by turning to funders themselves for some tips and answers. Second on the Meet the Funders series is a conversation with First Calgary Financial’s Dani DeBoice. Continue reading

3 Things We Learned Building a New Website

As you might expect one of the key things on any rebranding checklist has to be figuring out how to properly transition your website to support and enhance your marketing and communications efforts.

Given the size and the volume of visitors to our former Volunteer Calgary website, this task was a huge undertaking for the communications team at Propellus. A process that was not without its challenges, after all any new site would need to be a clear and concise demonstration of our new work, our new organization and all of the new services and programs we offer to members and the public. Continue reading

8 Reasons to Hire a Propellus Consultant

The best way to predict the future is to create it

– Unknown

There will inevitably be roadblocks to an organizations ability to develop holistically. A Propellus consultant can help you get over those roadblocks and help achieve your non-profit’s mission and help to serve your community in the areas of management and governance. Continue reading

Shared Governance: The Road to Imagine Canada Standards Accreditation

On June 20, 2013, Propellus (formerly Volunteer Calgary) announced that they had reached a new milestone – they have been accredited by Imagine Canada’s National Standards Program. The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and non-profits designed to demonstrate their compliance in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement. It helps organizations mitigate risk by ensuring that staff and volunteers understand and meet their legal, financial and fiduciary responsibilities. Continue reading

5 Steps to Volunteering

Volunteering is all about giving your time, skills and energy towards a cause that is important to you. Abused women, polluted pathways, homeless puppies, struggling readers, starving students, isolated seniors – these are but a handful of community needs that could use the help of volunteers like you. Everyone can make a difference and contribute to building thriving communities. You can start today. Continue reading