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Thursday, November 20 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Jam Session: A Generosity Index for Canada #CKX

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What if there could be a real-time index that pulled giving data - from Timeraiser volunteer hours to United Way contributions to Startup Canada mentorship hours – together?

Canada has yet to develop an open, analytics-based, and active generosity index, akin to the stock ticker for the financial markets. As such, sector leaders and practitioners are unable to effectively read health of giving, simulate for the future, attribute impact, and make data-driven decisions together to move the needle forward on giving in Canada. 

The World Giving Index and the Canadian Index of Well-being serve as helpful launch points. A real-time analytics-based index could expand upon and complement existing indices and offer Canada the ability to respond quickly to changes in generosity. It could also offer deeper knowledge with which to move the needle and could build diverse and shared stories about giving. More broadly, it could expand our collective understanding of how generosity takes place in Canada.

At CKX the Rideau Hall Foundation will gather great minds and expertise from across the country in the community knowledge ecosystem. CKX presents an incredible platform to further explore the concept of a generosity index for Canada. This session will bring together 30 participants to collectively imagine the potential of a generosity index in moving the needle on giving in Canada. The ideas and thoughts gathered from this session will be used to catalyze further conversations and explorations on the potential, feasibility and utility of a generosity index for Canada. 

Questions to be explored during this jam session:

  • What if there could be a real-time index for everybody? 
  • What is the merit in a generosity index for Canada? 
  • What could a generosity index mean for your organization, and for your sector? 
  • What are the gaps in the data currently available? 
  • What are the synergies with existing indices (Canadian Index of Well-being and World Giving Index) and other research-based initiatives? 


  • Vinod Rajasekaran, Managing Director, Rideau Hall Foundation & Lead Strategist, HUB Ottawa
  • Claude Lauzière, Manager of Engagement, Rideau Hall Foundation
  • Andrea Dicks, Director of Partnerships, Rideau Hall Foundation

Important Participant Information: 

  • Forthcoming 

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Andrea Dicks

Rideau Hall Foundation
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Claude Lauzière

Manager, Engagement, Rideau Hall Foundation

Thursday November 20, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm EST
TIFF - HUB@CKX (TIFF Lounge) TIFF Bell Lightbox

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