Donating to Charity

Pro-Mountain Biker Hans Rey Gives Back To The Community

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada
Tiffany Leigh

Crankworx is considered "the Superbowl of mountain biking"; it appeals to adrenaline addicts and it "brings the mountain biking world together in a to...

There Has Never Been A Better Time To Embrace Charitable Giving

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Amendments to the Income Tax Act have been made that incentivize planned charitable giving. Prior to 2016, gifts to registered charitable organizations made by will received tax credits that could only be used in the year of the testator's death or carried back to the preceding year.

The Cash-strapped Guide To Charity Giving

Megan Radford | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Megan Radford

Even though I have more than I need, I struggle with making space in my budget for helping the most vulnerable. Maybe you're experiencing similar budget issues. I know from talking to friends that many of them are in the same boat, so I did a little brainstorming. How can we help others when our own purse strings are stretched thin?

Why Charities Receive Less During The Summer

Marina Glogovac | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Impact
Marina Glogovac

Every year, charities reap the benefits of Canadians' generous holiday spirit, seeing a significant bump in December donations. In fact, more than a third of CanadaHelps' annual donations are achieved in this one month alone. While that seasonal generosity is important for charities, there is an unfortunate downside -- as the seasons change and the weather gets warmer, donations tend to dry up, leaving gaps for many organizations. I call this the "summer drought."

Spring Cleaning: Seven Ways To Purge Responsibly

Professional Organizers in Canada | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Living
Professional Organizers in Canada

Though organizing your home can be overwhelming, effectively getting rid of unwanted items can be even more daunting. Is it better to have a garage sale? Should you leave the items on the curb side? Which charities will take your furniture? The questions are endless.

Limits Are Nothing To This Senior Attempting The CN Tower Climb

WWF-Canada | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Living

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.

Donors Need To Empower Charities To Get Out Of The 1980s

Bruce Dewar | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Bruce Dewar

Unfortunately, it remains part of Canada's culture of philanthropy to think charities should spend all their money directly on programs and that "administrative" spending is wrong and should be discouraged. There's a double standard, with different expectations of businesses than of charities when it comes to investing internally.

Discover Canada's Small Charities This Giving Season

Marina Glogovac | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Marina Glogovac

Twenty-four per cent of our donations go to small charities that make up 80 per cent of the sector. I personally was not aware of the vital work they do until my family needed the services of one. They provided services that a larger charity -- which often focuses on bigger picture work -- couldn't provide.

On World Food Day, Treat Yourself While Helping Others

World Vision | Posted 10.16.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Friday is World Food Day, the perfect day to join thousands of people around the world by treating yourself (and others), to the most expensive and lavish feast you can afford. You deserve it! And here's the best part: you can satisfy that craving -- and be a humanitarian hero at the same time, helping some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.

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

Marina Glogovac | Posted 09.17.2016 | 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.

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.

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.

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.

Give a Little and Get a Lot: Giving to Charity This Holiday Season

Cindy Crean | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Cindy Crean

A growing number of wealthy people have decided to pledge their fortunes to charity rather than leaving large inheritances to their children or extended family. Giving to charity isn't just a smart strategy for community-building: it provides tax benefits too.

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...

If You Made a Donation in 2013 a Karmic Tax Return Could Be Yours

Jeff Cates | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

No matter your age, you very likely made a donation you can claim on your tax return. This can be anything from sponsoring a friend's marathon, to attending a fundraising gala, to growing a moustache. Giving through the year is a great way to give back to your community, and there's certainly a little karma built into tax refunds, so make sure you follow these tips to get a little back come tax time.

5 Things To Check Before Donating To Charity

Jasper Lament | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jasper Lament

Each year, 50 per cent of charitable giving through CanadaHelps happens in December, equating to $35 million in donations to worthy causes. December 31 is the most popular day of giving, with $3.6 million donated on this day alone. Some individuals have a charity which they donate to year after year; others vary their charitable giving among an array of organizations. So what do people need to consider before deciding which charity to share their goodwill with this year?

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.

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.

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?

The Spirit Of Giving Surrounded By The Gift Of Sharing

Andy Kim | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Music
Andy Kim

Why am I so uncomfortable with the word "charity"? Yet I use the word to symbolize a thought or feeling. I feel more charitable or less charitable today. Maybe it's because I feel the word demeans the intent. But, nonetheless this year I am producing my 9th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show for "Charity."

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.

Canadians Are Generous, But Where to Give Your Money?

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Figures reported by Statistics Canada suggest that our citizens are among the world's most generous. Canadians have been donating approximately eight-billion dollars or more every year since 2007. As individuals get older, they may begin thinking in terms of the wealth that they have accumulated and what can safely be spared, identifying a charity believed to be worthy of sharing in their assets.

Protesting Violence in Nicaragua

Krista O'Brien | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Impact
Krista O'Brien

The last thing we needed was a roadblock. I feel exposed -- I am a white woman in the passenger seat of a car in Nicaragua. The people of Barrio Nuevo Amanecer, in Esteli, Nicaragua, are protesting against violence in their community. Their grief is fresh because last week, a 23-year-old mother of three was murdered. Forced into prostitution by her husband, her life was taken by a john.

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!