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.
Like Black Friday, Giving Tuesday originated in the U.S. but it has a completely different aim. Instead of a day of consumerism, it's a day of charity. It's a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering that encourages all of us to join together with charities, companies and other individuals to rally around our favourite causes. Not a bad idea huh?
While "Giving Tuesday" hasn't fully migrated north to Canada, the idea behind it is appealing. With all the ads and other reminders to shop and give at this time of year, I think it's worth stepping back for a moment to consider how and why we give and also the far-reaching results certain gifts can generate.