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An Entrepreneurs approach to Philanthropy and Building our Community


Tis the season of giving! With that in mind, I wanted to share with our readers my thoughts on the future philanthropy and how I see people being able to have the biggest impacts in the community going forward. Through my work with many organizations here in Winnipeg, including the United Way, The Dreamfactory to name a couple, I have been fortunate to see firsthand the complex challenges that all communities across North America are facing, and beyond. To be successful in helping to lift up the people in our community who need it most, we must conquer these complex challenges and I believe the only way to do so is by taking a more entrepreneurial approach in creating innovative solutions.

Philanthropy has long been a cornerstone of societal progress, channeling private wealth into public good. However, the traditional model of philanthropy, often characterized by sporadic, large-scale donations to established causes, is undergoing a transformation. A new paradigm is emerging, one where philanthropists adopt an entrepreneurial approach to giving, akin to venture capitalism in the business world. This method involves a more strategic, innovative, and solution-oriented mindset, focusing on addressing the root causes of problems rather than just their symptoms.

The Entrepreneurial Approach to Philanthropy

Identifying and Investing in High-Impact Opportunities: Just as entrepreneurs seek out market gaps and innovative solutions, philanthropists must look for underserved areas where their contributions can make a significant difference. This means moving beyond traditional charity and looking at social problems through a lens of opportunity. By investing in high-impact initiatives, philanthropists can create sustainable change that outlives the initial investment.

Taking Calculated Risks: Traditional philanthropy often gravitates towards 'safe' causes with guaranteed outcomes. However, to address complex social issues, philanthropists must be willing to take calculated risks. This involves funding unproven but promising approaches and accepting that not all investments will yield immediate results. The focus should be on potential long-term benefits and innovation in solving societal challenges.

Measuring Impact and Accountability: In the business world, entrepreneurs are accountable to their stakeholders and measure success through clear metrics. Similarly, philanthropic endeavors should have concrete goals and robust mechanisms for measuring impact. This ensures accountability and allows for the continuous refinement of strategies based on what works.

Collaboration and Leveraging Expertise: Entrepreneurs understand the value of collaboration and networking. Philanthropists should adopt this principle by working with governments, non-profits, and other philanthropists to pool resources and expertise. Collaborative efforts can lead to more comprehensive solutions and increase the scale of impact.

Embracing Innovation and Technology: Just as businesses have been transformed by technology, philanthropy can also benefit from technological advancements. From data analytics to mobile applications, technology offers new ways to address social issues, reach beneficiaries, and increase the efficiency of philanthropic efforts.

Case Studies: Entrepreneurial Philanthropy in Action

Microfinance Initiatives: Philanthropic investments in microfinance institutions have empowered millions of people in developing countries by providing them with small loans to start businesses. This approach has not only alleviated poverty but also stimulated local economies.

Educational Technology Ventures: Investments in educational technologies have revolutionized learning in underserved communities. By funding innovative educational platforms, philanthropists are addressing educational disparities and equipping the next generation with essential skills.

Healthcare Innovations: Philanthropists investing in healthcare innovations, particularly in developing countries, have contributed significantly to improving health outcomes. From funding research in disease prevention to supporting mobile health clinics, these efforts show the power of entrepreneurial thinking in philanthropy.

As we can all see, the tail of the pandemic is long and has left many in our communities across the country vulnerable. In many ways, our social programs have been set back decades. I believe that in order to take on the challenges that we are facing as a community, we must adopt an entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy which would represent a significant shift in how we address societal challenges. It calls for a more active, engaged, and strategic role from philanthropists, akin to that of an entrepreneur in the business world. By identifying high-impact opportunities, taking calculated risks, measuring impact, collaborating, and embracing innovation, philanthropists can contribute more effectively to solving the complex problems our communities face. This approach not only maximizes the impact of philanthropic investments but also ensures sustainable and transformative change. What it ultimately comes down to is that all people deserve the opportunity to succeed and live a life of their choosing. I believe that a more entrepreneurial approach can help to make that possible.

- Grant White, Portfolio Manager /Investment Advisor

Grant White is a Portfolio Manager /Investment Advisor at Endeavour Wealth Management with iA Private Wealth Inc, an award-winning office as recognized by the Carson Group. Together with his partners he provides comprehensive wealth management planning for businessowners, professionals and individual families. This information has been prepared by Grant White who is a Portfolio Manager for iA Private Wealth Inc. and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of iA Private Wealth.

The information contained in this newsletter comes from sources we believe reliable, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy or reliability. The opinions expressed are based on an analysis and interpretation dating from the date of publication and are subject to change without notice. Furthermore ,they do not constitute an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any of the securities mentioned. The information contained here in may not apply to all types of investors. The Portfolio Manager can open accounts only in the provinces in which they are registered. iA Private Wealth Inc. is a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. iA Private Wealth is a trade mark and business name under which iA Private Wealth Inc. operates.


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