Canada Charity

Today a Homeless Man Slept On My Porch. Tomorrow It Might Be Yours

Steve Lafleur | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada
Steve Lafleur

Shelters and soup kitchens haven't demonstrated an ability to provide long term solutions for the majority of chronically homeless people. They should be an integral part of alleviating homelessness, but they don't have the financial capacity to solve the problem on their own. Moreover, it isn't fair to let City residents bear the entire cost.

How Tories Bully Charities and Abuse Power

Gareth Kirkby | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Gareth Kirkby

Canadian charities are experiencing an "advocacy chill" and changing the way they go about their work as a result of what they say is "bullying" by the Harper Conservative government. My just completed Master's thesis research finds that the denunciatory rhetoric of government ministers against charities, followed by stepped up audits is having its toll not only on charity operations, but also on the strength of Canada's public discussions and thus on the vigor of democracy itself.

Giving Back Is Just Good Business

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.29.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The evolution -- we might even say revolution -- taking place in the field of corporate social responsibility has been fascinating to behold. For the best companies, making your employees recycle, and cutting a big cheque once a year to some lucky charity, is no longer good enough. They're making "giving back" an integral part of doing business.

Ovarian Cancer Doesn't Have To Be a Death Sentence

Erica Berman | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

After a bout of severe vomiting following a few bites of food, she went to the ER and refused to leave until she got answers. She knew in her heart something was seriously wrong. After a series of tests, a gynaecologist arrived to break the news. It was indeed ovarian cancer. In fact, a tumour the size of a grapefruit was removed from her body.

Don't Miss Out on Family Tax Credits This Year

Cleo Hamel | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

It's expensive to raise a family. Canadian governments recognize this, and have historically tried to ease the expense at least a little by offering parents with dependent children tax credits and deductions that others don't get. The individual tax credits may not seem significant, but they can add up to a few more dollars in your pocket. And when you are raising kids, every little bit helps.

Charity Works Better Without Pity

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We've all seen the ads. A white person -- often a celebrity -- strolls through a dilapidated village of mud huts, stooping to pick up one of the strategically-placed children who sit listlessly, their bellies bloated with hunger. The problem with these ads is they reinforce negative stereotypes about people in Africa and other developing countries -- that they are helpless victims who need to be saved. The goal of the ads is to tug heartstrings and create an emotional connection between you, the potential donor, and the people in need. Numerous studies have shown that donors respond better to appeals that include an "identifiable victim"-- putting a name and face to the cause -- than they do to a statistic.

Vancouver Organization Changes The Way You Give

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Everybody wants to give back, to make a difference, to leave an impression on the world. But it's hard. So many aspects of life can get in the way. ...

When You Donate Food, Don't Just Give the Cans You Can't Stomach

Darlena Cunha | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Darlena Cunha

It's important to be mindful when you give. Next time you attend a function where people ask for a donation for charity don't reach for the minute rice or the wax beans that you know you're not going to eat -- reach for your favourite tin of soup, or a jug of real juice or some healthy pasta, and consider how much MORE receiving that kind of generosity will mean to someone who does need the help.

Jewish Communities Pay Back Their Filipino Allies After Typhoon Haiyan

Frank Dimant | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Impact
Frank Dimant

From afar, we witnessed the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. To date, Canada's Jewish community has commendably raised close to $200,000 for relief in the Philippines. We will never forget the role the Philippines played in helping to push for the Jewish people's salvation and in ensuring that our futures are secure thanks to the creation of the Jewish state.

This December, We Can all Give Dignity and Hope to Others

Lucy Miller | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Alberta
Lucy Miller

As we go into December, I wanted to spend a little time stepping back and thinking about what happens in December and to encourage anyone who reads this to take this opportunity to be "present" in your giving. I will start with why I give.

Giving to Others Is a Gift to Yourself

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Betty Ann Heggie

Giving detaches us from our obsessive thinking about ourselves. It breaks down loneliness by creating a human connection. Giving and happiness feed one another -- both are intertwined. Giving to others is a gift to yourself.

An Unconventional Holiday List

Margot Franssen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Margot Franssen

My favourite holiday list is my own personal checklist for charitable giving. Personally, I'd rather choose one organization that fits my values and priorities, and then confidently donate a good chunk of change over the long-term -- sort of like investing in a blue-chip stock. How to choose?

5 Great Ways to Help Out Charities This #GivingTuesday

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Giving Tuesday offers an alternative to the glut of consumerism. Created by not-for-profits as a way to promote charitable giving, Giving Tuesday tries to infuse a drop of altruism into the season. Unlike the Friday and Monday preceding it, it's not all about parting with your money.

The Colourful Yarn That Binds Me to Syria

The Purple Fig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
The Purple Fig

I was given the opportunity to visit the Olive Tree Refugee Camp in Atmeh Syria. All the little girls approached me with their unique knitted creations. When I had to say my goodbyes, one woman voiced her concerns about the lack of yarn to work with. That same night, I wrote out the plan for Tight-Knit Syria, a project to help supply yarn, as well as establish an online store to sell knitted products from the Olive Tree Camp.

How to Find a Charity to Support

Natasha Koifman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Natasha Koifman

There are so many worthy causes out there...it can be overwhelming sometimes to know how to choose the one you want to support. Firstly, decide what matters to you. The environment, equality, animals, homelessness?

Want To Feel Great? Try My True and Tested Method

Lynda Fishman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lynda Fishman

The reality is that we do not have to be professional "life-savers" to help people. Each of us can choose to live a meaningful life, to have a positive impact on others, and to embrace and help people in need. No cameras. No medals. No public recognition... just ordinary "heroics" by ordinary people. I believe that there is "magic" in kindness.

Do the Good Guys Ever Really Win?

Taslim Jaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Taslim Jaffer

Public shaming has become a widespread disease across the web, infecting comment boxes, blog posts, Facebook statuses and tweets. People are not just ...

More than just a Paintball Team

Mike Nelson | Posted 12.20.2013 | Canada Alberta
Mike Nelson

One of the most common things you will hear a member of the Crimson Sabres proudly say is, "We are more than Just a Paintball Team" But, what exactly do they mean? Most importantly, Why.

Giving Thanks for Edelman's Little Give

Caroline Mulroney Lapham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Caroline Mulroney Lapham

This summer I received an amazing email. Earlene Tang, Account Director for Edelman, a global PR firm, wrote me to ask if the Shoebox Project for Shelters would be interested in being one of their partners in its corporate social responsibility program called the "Little Give."

What Kind of Man Wears High Heels?

Jerry Dias | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Jerry Dias

Until women of all ages can exist without the terror of violence, can move around at any time of the day without fear of consequence, and can enjoy equal access to opportunities in all areas of life, none of us are truly free. I'm taking responsibility to end violence, by not only participating in this walk, but by talking to other men about their responsibility to end violence and promote gender equality.

Why Sharing Your Story is the Best Way to Change the World

Erin Giles | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Erin Giles

If we are going to impact the world for the better, we must tell our stories. In fact it's the most important story we can tell. Your story has the power to change misconstrued perceptions, ritualistic rules and most of all the world for the better.

We Day: An Inspiration For Change

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Inspired and compelled by celebrity luminaries including The Barenaked Ladies and Serena Ryder, as well as some particular youth favourites such as Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers, the feeling at We Day 2013 in the Air Canada Centre was electric.

Where is Your Charity Money Really Being Spent?

Tim Paziuk | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

The results of a recent study conducted by MoneySense on charity spending are shocking, to say the least. The difference in the ways that charities are being run is frightening. I counted 13 very well-known charities that spend less than 50 per cent of the money they raise on programs. Two were less than 40 per cent!

Are Screaming Charities Deafening Donors?

Jody Steinhauer | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Impact
Jody Steinhauer

Is all this cause marketing too much to care about? Everywhere you turn today, there's another worthy cause trying to get your attention, time, and in all likelihood, money. As a result of the increased marketing noise, I'd argue we've become anesthetized to all the pleas.

Turning Tragedy Into Inspiration

Krista Noack | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada
Krista Noack

There is a saying out there that goes, "Everything happens for a reason." There are some things in life that this statement can apply to, but sometime...