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Ajah Launches Non-Profit Initiative, PoweredbyData

Montreal, April 8, 2014 – Ajah announced today the launch of a non-profit initiative called PoweredbyData. With the goal of improving the functioning of the philanthropic funders and nonprofits by increasing the availability of useful data, the initiative is led and advised by experts in the domains of open data, standards development, and grant-making from across Canada, the USA, and the UK. This initiative responds to the need for better information in the non-profit sector.

Hilary Pearson, President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC), explains “Canadian foundations are looking for initiatives with impact, non-profits face the challenge of communicating their work more effectively, and governments are seeking evidence of effectiveness on the ground in order to support innovation in service delivery. The foundation sector is looking forward to the contribution of PoweredbyData to our understanding of philanthropic data, including better measures of impact.”

PoweredbyData will work predominantly with funders and government regulators to increase the supply of standard, interoperable, and open data about the sector and its impacts. “In creating our commercial services, we developed an expertise in transforming previously unused public data into innovative and useful tools for funders and fundraisers. Now, we’re looking forward to applying that expertise to the rest of the sector in areas with the potential for tremendous social impact, but no commercial opportunities, such as developing new standards and educating stakeholders to publish open data” explains Michael Lenczner, CEO of Ajah.

Recognized philanthropy and data expert, as well as author of the influential annual forecast Blueprint, Lucy Bernholz, adds, “In the United States, we are working to get access to the data that is currently available in Canada, and other countries are even farther behind. More and better data is essential to improve the functioning of the non-profit sector and I’m excited for PoweredbyData to bring those practices to the rest of the world.”

About Ajah
Launched in 2010, Ajah is a Montreal-based company providing leading edge online services to the non-profit sector. Their flagship product, Fundtracker, transforms open and public data into actionable intelligence for fundraisers.

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Michael Lenczner

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Opportunity watch: Economic Development funding

Welcome to another edition of Ajah’s opportunity watch. This week we are looking at a few funders who promote economic development – specifically two government programs and a credit union to see how they can encourage economic opportunities in the communities they serve.

In Quebec the government put in place the ClimatSol program. Projects admissible for this program are meant to not only stimulate the economy but also to ameliorate the environment and reduce carbon gas emissions. Both organizations and individuals can apply for funding to the provincial government who has set 60 million dollars aside until March 2015. This program not only seeks to create jobs but the jobs created will help foster sustainable practices.

In Newfoundland and Labrador you can find the Cultural Economic Development Program which helps professional arts organizations stimulate sustainable economic development of the Province’s cultural resources. The program helps promote self-sustaining art activities, mainly in the cultural tourism industry and by doing so provides financial assistance to individual artists. The deadline for sector-based organizations is coming up on April 18, although small performance series can apply year round.

Finally, Affinity Credit Union, which has has over 40 branches in Saskatchewab, sponsors community groups, charities and organizations that require funding for various events, projects, and programs. Their aim is to contribute to community sustainability and stronger local economies by supporting initiatives that promote self-reliant approaches to community economic development. They fund a variety of projects including those related to health, social services, education, the arts and the environment.  The deadline for Community Development Funding is September 30, while sponsorships are available year round.

That is it for this week. We can help you find many more funders in your region with Fundtracker Pro if you need funding for economic development projects. To find out more you can contact us for a demo.

Opportunity Watch: Aboriginal and Metis funding

Ajah’s opportunity watch is taking a quick look at funders that support Aboriginal and Metis peoples around the country this week. All of these founders emphasise the importance of preserving and transmitting the culture and knowledge of native peoples.

In the east we have the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Program supported by the government of Newfoundland and Labrador.  This government program invites both cultural organizations and professionals to apply for funding and the deadline is approaching fast, on April 15. The advisory committee is made up of various native community representatives including Innu, Inuit, Mi’kmaq and Metis.

In Saskatchewan we found two programs offered by the SaskCulture, a non-profit, community based organization. The first is The Aboriginal Arts & Culture Leadership Grant  and it supports arts and cultural leaders within the Aboriginal communities.  The grant is available for First Nations bands or for schools that have a cultural mandate. The deadline to apply is April 15 as well.

As for the Metis communities in Saskatchewan, we found the Métis Cultural DevelopmentFund another program of SaskCulture. This fund encourages sharing, learning and celebrating the Metis culture of community groups in the province. It provides support to cultural organizations in areas not typically funded by conventional systems mainly looking to benefit children through skill development and mentorship. The next semi-annual deadline to apply is April 30!

That’s it for this week folks! There are many more governmental programs and organizations to be found on Fundtracker.  Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Ajah is hiring a Head of Sales

For the last four years, our team has been developing and providing the non-profit sector with better tools to understand the fundraising landscape in Canada. While the founding team has strong engineering and product management skills and a deep understanding of the problems faced by the non-profit sector, we always knew we were missing expertise in sales and marketing. That was fine initially, because we wanted to build a winning product before investing heavily in sales.

Given that we have had three consecutive years of triple digit revenue growth, that our customers love us, and that we keep winning business away from the competition, we feel that Fundtracker is now clearly recognized as the best prospect research tool in Canada. We now want to focus on getting our product into as many hands as possible.

We are hiring a Head of Sales to join the management team for the next stage of Ajah’s growth. Check out the job description here and feel free to forward the link to anyone you think might be interested in this great opportunity.

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Opportunity Watch: Funding Local Communities

Ajah’s opportunity watch is back.  This week we are looking at community foundations.We have narrowed down a few foundations across Canada that empower charities and organizations located in their areas and improve the quality of life of their citizens.

We begin with the Kenora & Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation which has donated over 150 000$ in 2012 to various community centers and organizations that support health, environment and the arts among other services in that region. This foundation enables efficient use of community resources and addresses root causes of issues in order to maximise the social benefits of its grants. The first semi-annual deadline is February 28.

If you are living in the North Caribou region in British Colombia, the Quesnel Community Foundation should be of interest to you. It began its operations in 2001 and it has provided funding for a wide range of community needs, such as education, the arts and social programs. There is an application deadline coming up on  February 19. Visit their website  for more information.

The Interlake Community Foundation in Manitoba also provides funding for a wide range of community needs in its region. This foundation, like the others above, is helping improve and strengthen the community in question as a whole, instead of focusing on a specific sector. Their annual application deadline is approaching on February 28.

If you call Calgary your home, take a look at the mighty Calgary Foundation. It supports a wide range of organizations from those that are well-established to grassroots resident led-projects in all parts of the charitable sector.  Since the devastating Southern Alberta Floods of June 2013, The Calgary Foundation created the Flood Rebuilding Fund, which supports qualified organizations in long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts. For more details and for a list of project grants, visit them online . The deadline for community grants is February 15.

The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation covers three hundred communities and seven cities. Three different grant streams from the foundation focus on different social needs like education and social services. Over the years the foundation has awarded grants equally among the organizations and charities that focus in different sectors. The deadline for the Moffat Family Fund  is February 28.

Community foundations work as catalysts of positive changes in a community. We hope you liked this brief glimpse into some amazing opportunities offered by them.  No matter where your charity is based, you can contact us at  or at 1. 888.406.2524 and we will provide you with a free demo of Fundtracker Pro to help your charity to find  the best funding opportunities.

Fundtracker Pro: by the numbers

We say that Fundtracker Pro has more funders, more gifts, more names.  Here’s the proof:

  • Over 1.5 million gifts & grants worth $57 billion
  • Profiles of every Canadian foundation (over 10,000) – including the 70% of those that do not maintain a web presence
    • Details on the over 1,800 foundations that donated $100,000 or more in a single gift in 2012
  • Over 1,000 corporate funders  & over 100,000 gifts made by corporations
    • Over 7,300 corporate gifts made in 2012
  • Over 770 federal and provincial government granting programs for charities
    • Over 150,000 previously awarded government grants


Team Ajah’s favorites features

There are several former fundraisers working behind the scenes at Ajah, so when they got their first glimpse of the new Pro in late 2013, they were pretty excited.   We asked them to pick two favorite features in new Pro – and their answers were unanimous!

  • Gifts map: this new feature is incorporated within corporate and foundation profiles.  Let’s face it, it can be difficult to figure out if a funder is active in your province or town if you’re reviewing a profile that contains hundreds or thousands of previous gifts.  Funders may also say they grant province-wide, but in reality, focus their giving in one city.  The reverse is also true! By clicking on Fundtracker Pro’s new gift map, you can quickly see the geographic areas a funder is most active in – and also see which charities in each city received gifts.   It’s a quick and easy way to identify trends for each funder and to see how active they are in your region;

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  • Gifts search: Curious about which funders are active in your town or sector?  Or planning a capital campaign? Found under the “Gifts” tab, the gift search feature is a reverse search feature.  It enables you to view all gifts – regardless of the funders stated preferences – and then sort by a variety of filters, including size and date.  This is an easy way to identify the funders of charities in your town are, or who the largest funders in your sector are.  The Gifts Search feature is also a great way to identify funders who are stepping outside of their funding preferences as it simply tracks gifts made, without tracking the preferences.

Do you have a favorite feature in Fundtracker Pro?  Tell us about it via twitter @team_ajah or email us at !

Using Fundtracker Pro’s competitive analysis tools to your advantage

It’s becoming more difficult to identify new prospects in today’s competitive funding environment.  Larger corporate funders are creating corporate social responsibility policies that serve their corporate identity, while foundations (many of whom rely on endowments) are feeling the economic pinch.   To make it a bit more difficult, corporations and foundations will sometimes fund outside their stated mandates or decide to limit their giving to very specific causes within a much larger sector.

An easy way to identify new prospects for your organization is to take advantage of Fundtracker Pro’s unique competitive analysis tools, which helps you quickly view all funders of charities similar to yours.

Fundtracker Pro gives you two methods to do this: by either typing all or part of a charity’s name in the organization name search (also known as the omni search) or, if you would prefer to cast a broad search for charities, click on the ‘charities’ tab in Fundtracker Pro.   You can then search for charities based on sector/subsector, provinces or cities/towns and then filter your results by additional criteria like “has a corporate funder”.

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Pro includes profiles of every Canadian charity – and their funders.  So when you look at a charity’s funders – corporate, foundation and the government grants they have received, it’s a shortcut to identifying funders that will support your organization.  After all, if they are supporting an organization with a mission and goals similar to yours, it’s a pretty good sign that they might be interested in supporting your charity.

The competitive analysis also goes beyond just gifts, including a breakdown of the types of fundraising activities the charity is engaged in and a graph showing you exactly how the organization is funded.

Why all the fuss about corporate funding profiles?

Fundtracker and Fundtracker Pro already had the most information available on corporate funders – something our clients really appreciated.  So when we starting thinking about redesigning Fundtracker Pro, we decided to answer the call from our clients to provide more information on corporate funding opportunities.

While we use automated processes to ensure that foundation and charity profiles are updated regularly, our corporate profiles are created and maintained by our in-house research team, which was expanded to five people this year.   They are responsible for creating and updating the 1,165 corporate profiles our users now have access to.

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Relying on annual reports, CSR statements, corporate websites, previous donations to charities and a dash of common sense, our researchers created profiles for each of these corporations that are precisely detailed.  It’s not enough to just share a list of previous donations – our researchers have gone beyond the numbers to create profiles that help you understand exactly who the funder is and what drives their giving decisions.   This extra attention to our corporate funding profiles helps you determine their viability as a prospect for your organization quickly.

The corporate gifts found in Pro currently number over 100,000 and continue to grow.  Over 80% of those gifts are linked to the profile of the recipient charity.  Why do we do that?  Quickly accessing the profile of a recipient charity allows you to build a deeper understanding of exactly what the funder supports – and helps you make an informed decision about each prospective funder.

We plan on continuing to add to the corporate information in Pro, so keep an eye out for future blog posts or newsletters for updates.

Introducing new Fundtracker Pro!

We’ve hinted that we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes and now we can finally share the news: an all new Fundtracker Pro has been launched!

Completely redesigned, Fundtracker Pro now includes giving profiles of over 1,000 Canadian corporations – and over 100,000 corporate gifts, as well as profiles of every Canadian foundation.  We’ve also got you covered on the competitive information side as well, with detailed profiles of every Canadian charity – and their funders.

Want to learn more?  Visit the features page on our new website or take a minute to watch this short video!   

If you’re a current Fundtracker or Fundtracker Pro client, you should have received an email explaining how the changes affect you directly.  If you haven’t received an email or want more information, contact us directly at  You can also call us at 1-888-406-2524 to speak to the Regional Account Manager in your area.

If you’re not a Fundtracker Pro client, what are you waiting for?  Contact us at and we’ll show you how easy it is to raise more money in less time with Fundtracker Pro!