2:15pm to 2:45pm - Young People in the Community Index, Samantha Mesrobian, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Scotiabank
Economic growth, inequality and poverty are ever present concerns around the world. Young people, in particular, are keenly affected and are often hit hardest by a lack of jobs or access to education and healthcare; all of which can seriously impact them and the communities where they live. You only have to look within your own community to see how some young people are struggling today. Scotiabank developed an Index (Scotiabank Young People in the Community (YPC) Index) which pools together publically available data from around the world to help us understand the current state of youth in North and South America. From a Bank perspective, we see the YPC Index as a guide to help us identify where needs may be greatest. However, the YPC Index is also a tool to help bring practitioners together to improve or create policies that relate to young people, identify gaps in available data, or simply pin-point problem areas and benchmark progress going forward. The Index presents a fact-based, hard look at the health and education issues facing young people, and takes subjectivity out of the equation. Currently there are 19 indicators, with a focus on 30 countries in North, South and Central America which we will track over time. Our hope is that, together, we can close the gaps on reliable data, and, make a greater impact on the health and education of young people in our communities.
2:45pm to 3:15pm - The Future of Donations - Is Cash History, Andrew Mosawi, President, IATS Payments
A wave of innovation is driving a dramatic shift in the way donors make payments and non-profits get donations. In this session, we will highlight the most important trends fueling these changes: market growth in the charity sector, the rise of online giving, the increased popularity of mobile wallets and payment apps, and the decline of cash and checks transactions. We will show how transactional flexibility is the future of payments and what it means for charities.