Canada Charity

Racing Toward The Day All Kids Have Access To Clean Water

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

This is a running program that helps train people through supportive groups and provides a common goal for us to run, for clean water for kids. Water fundraising also makes a lot of sense to me as a runner. Runners are so aware of how much they depend on water, so it seemed like a natural fit.

How I'm Honouring My Grandmother On Mother's Day

Mitchell McLean | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Mitchell McLean

When my grandmother was in her early 70s, her children and grandchildren quickly learned that something wasn't quite right. My grandfather had recently passed away and my grandmother was living alone in her house in Charlottetown. When we went to visit her, we were never sure if she would recognize us.

Foundation Culture Requires A Revamp To Achieve Best Operating Practices

David Rowen | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Business
David Rowen

The good work provided by the foundations and the people behind them in raising and distributing funds for worthy causes is indisputable, but what is alarming and unbeknownst to most, is that foundations are managing millions upon millions of dollars without proper oversight.

There's A Reason Running Culture Is Exploding Across Canada

Bonnie Doan | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
Bonnie Doan

Whether the motivation is fitness, mental health, being part of a community or supporting a great cause, everyone has something to gain from a sport as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.

Mothering Uganda's Generation Of Orphaned Grandchildren

Natalie Karneef | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Impact
Natalie Karneef

Imagine a life where a saucepan is your most treasured resource. Where having access to a single a garden hoe can make a world of difference to your family's livelihood. Where that family consists of several orphaned grandchildren, many of whom are HIV positive. And you, an elderly grandmother, are their only hope for survival.

This Tax Season, Manage Your Donations Like Your Investment Portfolio

Bruce Dewar | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Business
Bruce Dewar

By examining the actual return on investment of our charitable donations, we can better assess the tangible social impact of our donations. To do this, ask yourself, what social impact has my donation made? Or better yet, ask your charity of choice how the dollars you donated made a difference.

People Love Viral Giving Campaigns (But They Don't Donate)

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Not-for-profit organizations throughout North America that were awed by the viral success of the ALS Society's ice bucket fundraising challenge should think twice before using social media as a significant fundraising tool, says the University of Toronto's Nicola Lacetera.

Your Non-Profit's Public Relations Campaign Must Tell A Story

Todd Hauptman | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Business
Todd Hauptman

Our world has some incredible non-profit organizations that are working to solve some of the greatest challenges of our time. Unfortunately many of these organizations are not equipped to effectively articulate their story to the public, potential donors and supporters, thought leaders, and politicians.

Limits Are Nothing To This Senior Attempting The CN Tower Climb

WWF-Canada | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Living
WWF-Canada

When Julian Backhouse ascends the CN Tower in April, he'll send his wheelchair up the elevator and climb the 1,776 steps to the top. The 63-year-old grandfather of four from Mississauga, Ont., has Wilson's disease, a rare genetic disorder that affects his physical strength and coordination.

Facing The Horror Of Child Soldiers

Shelly Whitman | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Shelly Whitman

Some 31,000 women are currently pregnant inside the Islamic State. These children born out of conflict will form the future ranks of the group. School curriculum is being altered and reshaped to support extremism and strict adherence to the Islamic State's view of religion and philosophy. Children are desensitized to violence and trained for combat from an early age. This presents a complex, yet vitally important, challenge for any nations engaged with the Islamic State.

How Do Charitable Tax Credits Help?

Marina Glogovac | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Business
Marina Glogovac

This desire to 'do good' without any financial reward might help explain why the number of Canadians taking advantage of charitable tax credits plummeted from 29.5 to 21.9 per cent from 1990 to 2013, and why under six million people claim the federal Charitable Donation Tax Credit each year despite the fact that about 24 million of us (about 85 per cent of Canadians) make an annual financial donation to charity.

8 Unexpected Ways You Can Save Money On Your Tax Return

Caroline Battista | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

Even after mastering the basics of tax preparation and filing, a lot of filers will often find out new things about their tax returns that end up delivering a few more benefits along the way. I call these tax "aha!" moments.

Eradicating Poverty Will Require A Shift From Charity To Justice

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

As Martin Luther King Jr. saw it, to those living on the margins of our communities, acts of charity and compassion should be our very first response to meet the need. But then there is the next stage. What caused it? Who is responsible? How can we change things at their source so that acts of charity are not as required as those where we help those who begin to find their footing?

Teaching Charity On Family Day

Leigh and Meg | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Leigh and Meg

We introduced the kids to the idea of charity by getting them to donate their time; they helped us sell Daffodils, which was a mere four hours, but the impact it had on them was profound. The kids also gained a greater understanding of how they can make a difference.

NFL Honors Nominees Remind Us Why Giving Back Matters

Edward Jackson | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Living
Edward Jackson

Forget Gates and Zuckerberg. These young philanthropists do things on the ground, using their celebrity and foundations to battle hunger and disease, and expand access to education and sports, among an array of social causes.

'No Hair Selfie' Shaves Heads In Solidarity With Those Facing Cancer

Ward Anderson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

If you've ever known anyone who has lost their hair due to cancer treatment, you already know how disheartening and dehumanizing it can be. The No Hair Selfie campaign seeks to show support to the people going through that battle with a little cleverness and a tiny smirk on the side.

Trudeau Needs More CRA Fixes To Repair Damage To Charities

Gareth Kirkby | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Gareth Kirkby

The Trudeau government seemingly called off the CRA from harassing Canada's charities on January 20. Well, not really, in fact. The Trudeau government's timidity so far in fixing this abuse of power by the previous government will probably result in some of Canada's most popular and important charities heading toward decertification and oblivion.

Teaching Civic Duty At A Young Age Can Make A Real Difference

Shujaat Wasty | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Shujaat Wasty

From a very young age, my parents taught my siblings and I, through instruction and example, that doing even a little can lead to a lot. But what initially felt like a pointless, mind-numbing activity became a valuable exercise in developing understanding and empathy.

Money Is The Non-Perishable Donation Food Banks Need Most

Katharine Schmidt | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Impact
Katharine Schmidt

Without money, it would be nearly impossible for food banks to provide clients with a healthy dinner plate. That's because essentials like pasta, soup and beans pour in, while equally important items like fresh produce, meat and dairy items are in shorter supply. Financial donations create flexibility.

Small Businesses Thrive When They Go Beyond The Bottom Line

Dan Kelly | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

When I see a small business plugging away all the while continuing their charitable and community-spirited endeavours (often in the face of near-insurmountable odds), it behooves all of us to reconsider what it means to be "productive."

For The Man Who Hated Christmas

Giving101 | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Parents
Giving101

It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past ten years or so. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas -- oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it -- overspending...Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way.

This Christmas, Let's Spend Money On Things That Matter

Jason Najum | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Najum

When was the exact moment that Christmas became synonymous with buying stuff I do not know, but it seems that we've reached a point of gifting no-return. The idea of simply spending Christmas with your family without the obligatory spending and consumption is not even a possibility. If you're an average person living in a Western nation you can be pretty confident that your intended gift-receiver already has everything he or she needs and most likely lives a year where their other superfluous wants are often met.

A Night Of Generosity Taught Me The Joy Of Giving

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

I've heard it said that "it's better to give than receive," and I've always joked that that couldn't possibly be true. Yes, I give. I give generously, but I have never experienced such an incredible joy from making someone feel special for a few hours.

Faith And Giving: What Do Various Religions Have In Common?

Marina Glogovac | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Marina Glogovac

There is much commonality between religions in urging us to overcome our attachments to money, property and the material, to give generously of ourselves in as many ways as possible, and to realize that nothing is ours. In many ways, it's a call to overcome our selfish nature and to realize our deep interconnectedness with each other and all of creation.

42 Simple Ways To Spread Some Love This Christmas

Shawna Scafe | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Shawna Scafe

There are people who are alone, cold, sad, unwell, or struggling -- and they are all around us. We can help in simple ways.