Canada Charity

Admin Ratio Is a Poor Indicator of a Charity's Effectiveness

Marina Glogovac | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Business
Marina Glogovac

We value charities mostly based on how low the overhead is -- this is a deeply entrenched, if not consciously examined, measuring stick for charities. We want our support to go exclusively toward program delivery and not into staff, operations, technology, or training and development -- as if the two are completely unrelated.

How One Community United to Give a Charity a Stylish Facelift

Colin & Justin | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Charity, they say, begins at home, though it it can be born anywhere where heart and soul prevail. Cue a recent project in The Annex -- home to Sheena's Place. With no available budget, we knew the only way was to depend on the generosity of others. Here's how with a dash of Scottish fairy dust and the generosity of our friends, we brought the space alive.

On the International Day of Charity, Don't Give. Take.

Jess Tomlin | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Jess Tomlin

It's hard to drum up generosity in a world that always demands you to give, give, give. So, this International Day of Charity, don't give. Take. Here are five takeaways that will make you ready to give again.

6 Trends Disrupting the Charitable Sector Now

Marina Glogovac | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Business
Marina Glogovac

Ongoing disruption is the new normal for industries, but when it comes to charities there is a unique complexity not present in many other sectors -- mostly in diversity of causes, operating models, stakeholders and the disconnect between people who pay for services and beneficiaries of services.

How I'm Helping to Rebuild Nepal

Mads Hviid Jensen | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Mads Hviid Jensen

Kathmandu's weak infrastructure had not been able to withstand an earthquake of that magnitude. In the week following the quake immediate relief efforts were made by locals and large organisations alike. Emergency distributions of rice ensured people could survive the first few days.

5 Reasons to Start a Non-Profit Organization Before You're 20

Kourosh Houshmand | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Kourosh Houshmand

Age is a game and tricky one to master -- as a young professional, there are times where youth plays to your advantage and other times where it does not. In the startup not-for-profit (NFP) world however, youth is becoming an increasingly advantageous asset.

Ramadan Changes What Food Means to Me

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

Fasting itself does not help those less fortunate. However, the person fasting has a heightened awareness of how it feels to be hungry and therefore how those less fortunate feel being hungry every day. Knowing is one thing, but experiencing is completely different.

One Girl's True Wish to Go Camping

Chris Pon | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Chris Pon

For the most part, Hailey is just like any other seven-year-old. However, this past December, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition called Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Hailey's wish is to have a pop-up camper so that she can go camping with her family and friends and play in the woods, stare up at the stars, stay up past her bedtime.

It Takes More Than Money To Change The World

Hannah Alper | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Hannah Alper

The mission of #JustGive, to inspire the idea that giving can be simple, spontaneous and contagious, is something that I am really passionate about. Here are my top five fun, easy and totally free ideas that we can all incorporate into our daily lives that will have a "pay it forward" effect on our community.

The Cycling Cleric's Inspiration - The Ultimate Gift From One Brother to Another

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

Some call him a hero, but Imad Zammar says that if his mom, Freida Zammar, is present, she is quick to correct them and say, "he's not a hero -- he did what you are supposed to do -- for family." Maybe, but not everyone saves their older brother's life by giving him a kidney. And that is exactly what Zammar did.

Let's Empower Girls and Women With the #WithStrongGirls Movement

Hannah Alper | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Hannah Alper

ONE launched their new campaign, #WithStrongGirls. It is all about empowerment and the belief that if we empower women in developing communities, they will be able to sustain themselves and break the cycle of poverty.

Should I Donate to a Child in Need, or Pay for My Loving Dog's Surgery?

Sue Nador | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

My dog was carefully assessed, x-rayed, and operated on by the best veterinary surgeon, and then received excellent private follow-up care. All of this cost several thousands of dollars. I did not think twice about spending the money. But after reading a piece in the New York Times recently, John and I began to grapple with the ethics of directing so much money to an animal.

The Canadian Organization That Didn't Screw Up Global Aid

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

For almost a decade, CUSO has been mobilizing the African diaspora in Canada to lend its professional expertise to their homelands. It seems to work as many friends have answered the call and have volunteered in many parts of Ethiopia for a year and made tangible impact to the country.

Stop Complaining About Valentine's Day

Carlen Costa | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

Here's my concern about some of the complaints I've heard. The rally against demonstrating affection in and around Valentine's Day has become such a boring argument at this point. Why are we wasting our energy fighting against the expression of love?

You Will Change the World This Year, But Will it Be for the Better?

John Bromley | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Impact
John Bromley

With every action you take, you change the world, too -- for better or for worse -- whether or not you even realize it. Changing the world for the better, in my view, is an achievable goal for every single Canadian. And it's much like achieving any other goal in that all you need to do is start working on forming habits that contribute toward the change you want to see.

How One Woman Escaped Forced Marriage and Thrived

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Katie Zeppieri

At 23 years of age, Nasreen Sheikh radically redefines what it means to be a Nepali woman. She is a Sunni Muslim living in a predominately Hindu community and is the founder of a fair-trade sewing collective called Local Women's Handicrafts. Nasreen is an outlier in her community. Typically, most Nepali girls marry between the ages of 15 and 18. The pressure to have a married daughter began to increase with each year Nasreen remained single however, and in 2014, Nasreen's parents decided that they had to take action. For Nasreen, this arranged marriage would have meant the end of Local Women's Handicrafts.

Give To Charity All Year Long, Not Just Over Christmas

John Bromley | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Living
John Bromley

Sure, you might throw a few coins in the Salvation Army Christmas kettle at the mall, or write a cheque for the charity canvasser who comes knocking on your door, or send some canned goods to school with your kids for their annual fundraiser. But you probably do it without giving it a lot of thought, at least if you're like most of us.

Why Children Overseas May Not Have Been "Good" This Year

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

It's true that most governments in developing countries provide education for children. And there's no doubt that millions of children overseas are intelligent, hard-working and yearning to succeed. But let's consider the many challenges which children in the world's poorest regions face when trying to attend school.

How to Get a Big Bang for Your Charitable Buck

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon M. Nelson

I'm all lit up right now, and I just have to share. No, it's not about Christmas cocktails (I wish), or standing too close to the outlet that houses ...

Why Do Charities Ask for Coins Instead of Change?

Joe Gunn | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Joe Gunn

At Christmas time, Canadians give like at no other time of year. What I don't see enough of at Hanukkah, Christmas, or any other time of year, however, are charities soliciting people to keep their coins, and instead offer real "change."

A Glimpse of Canadian Dollars at Work, Saving Lives in Senegal

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

I recently travelled more than 6,500 kilometres to see our tax dollars at work. What I saw were lives being saved for less than the cost of a cup of takeout coffee. All Canadians should be proud.

This Tax Tip Will Make You a Philanthropist and Stone-Cold Capitalist

Kevin O'Leary | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Business
Kevin O'Leary

A lot of people love to give to not-for-profits during the holidays, which is great. On the other hand, as a stone-cold capitalist, I'm morally obligated to make the most of every dollar I spend or donate...and lucky for you, Uncle Kevin's here to help you do the same.

Why Canada's Charity System Needs To Consider 'Disbenefits'

Blake Bromley | Posted 01.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

If the definition of charity can be improved by examining Scotland's law, certainly there is merit in looking to the civil law of Quebec for concepts that could enhance the meaning of charity in Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada has moved away from the common law tradition of enabling courts to evolve new charitable purposes by analogy to previously recognized purposes.

Harper Government Lets $125M In Aid To Poor Nations Lapse

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Almost 14 per cent of the money that Canada's newly amalgamated Foreign Affairs Department planned to spend alleviating poverty in poor count...

Charity Is On The Rise In Canada

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Impact

TORONTO - A new poll says charitable giving by Canadians remains on the rise and is expected to increase yet again next year.The poll, produced for th...