Canada Charity

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

Sue Nador | Posted 04.24.2015 | 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 03.20.2015 | 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...

Change, Inc.: 6 Huge Organizations And Their Equally Huge Charitable Initiatives

Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living

We believe that big companies have an even bigger opportunity to use their place in the world to bring about some real change. The old cliché, “wit...

CRA "Gotcha" Audits Need to Stop

Blake Bromley | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

When government or industry officials want a charity closed down, they have little interest in the way they achieve revocation. All they care about is whether, at the end of the audit, they can raise their martini glasses and say GOTCHA.

How To Give Thanks If You're Under 30

Neil Seeman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada
Neil Seeman

Contrary to media myth, today's younger generation is not disaffected or lost. They are less Sartre and more like Plato: giving back is suddenly cool ...

Canada Shouldn't Feel Superior to China's Charity Regulation

Blake Bromley | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

When considering civil society organizations, there are few things to which government officials are more sensitive than political activities. It is doubtful that the activities considered unacceptably political by the Communist Party of China are any more overtly political than the impugned activities of charities in Canada.

Charity Lesson From the Scottish Referendum

Blake Bromley | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The referendum in Scotland demonstrates the risks of England denying tax benefits to charities which promote indigenous Scottish values. Canada should have the self-confidence to respect the values and purposes which emanate from Quebec's people and legislature when granting tax benefits to registered charities.

12 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Give

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada Impact

We all know the importance of giving, but a gentle reminder once in a while doesn't hurt. In 2012, the United Nations declared the International D...

Tribute to Stephen Lloyd: Creator of Community Interest Companies

Blake Bromley | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The charity world lost one of its most important and innovative intellectual leaders. On August 20, London lawyer Stephen Lloyd died in a tragic boati...

All This CRA Bickering Is Distracting Charities From Their Real Work

Blake Bromley | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue says that it is "absolutely shameful" to suggest that Canada Revenue Agency officials auditing charities could "somehow fall under political influence." This is a sideshow which is distracting the charitable sector from the real issues.

The CRA Should Not Define Poverty's Threshold

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has recently forced Oxfam Canada to exclude "preventing poverty" from their mission statement in order to keep their charity status. Now a fundamental question needs to be answered. Why does the CRA think that charities have to wait for individuals to fall into poverty's trap before the charities can help the disadvantaged? Isn't prevention better than a cure? The bigger concern, however, is with a black-and-white definition of poverty. The assumption that one is not poor one day, but wakes up to be poor the next day is completely flawed.

Why The CRA Is No Longer An Effective Instrument of Public Policy

Edward Jackson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Business
Edward Jackson

with the activities of its charities section having been so thoroughly politicized by the Harper government, we can no longer call the CRA an effective instrument of public policy. Its campaign of vexatious audits of the political activities of progressive charities represents has created a chill in political dissent, and is a new low even for the Conservative regime.

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

Steve Lafleur | Posted 09.15.2014 | 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.