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TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 22, 2014) - One-in-five Canadians with a written will (22%) plan to leave some of their estate to charity, with the primary reason to give back to society (60%), according to Scotiabank's annual Investment Poll. Canadians opting not to leave any of their estate to charity...
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"On February 11, 2014, then Finance Minister Jim Flaherty introduced the 2014 federal budget. While billed by some commentators as a non-event, the budget included a number of surprises for the charitable and not-for-profit sector, including certain restrictions on charitable activities as well as a few welcome tax incentives."
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"It’s all cloaked in philanthropy, but to date, nearly six billion dollars worth of these donations have been denied by Canada Revenue officials."
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More philanthropists are choosing to donate all of their foundations' assets within their lifetimes. Some mistakes they will need to avoid.
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"The sector has (correctly) pointed out that evaluating a charity’s fundraising cost ratio might very well reflect its fundraising efficiency, but may have little correlation to a charity’s ability to achieve its mission (that is, its impact on societal betterment). The problem is that measuring a charity’s impact is difficult and subjective, while measuring fundraising efficiency is relatively simple. In the final analysis, however, impact is really the only thing that truly matters." -- Brad Offman, Vice President, Strategic Philanthropy at Mackenzie Investments and Managing Director of the Mackenzie Charitable Giving Fund.
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"...if change is going to happen, they must take risks. But what is the real risk for a charity? There is a risk in developing a new fundraising or service delivery idea because something entirely new might not work. But is it not at least as risky, to continue to churn out the same ideas, and the same activities over and over again when the world is changing fast?"
There is always a risk that new ideas may not work, but if charities are not testing and learning they are not moving forward, says Lucy Gower
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"As the strategic philanthropy movement has swept across the field, many grantmakers have lost their appetite for funding experimental and innovative projects. Recently, however, a number of funders have begun exploring how to deliberately reintroduce risk-taking into their processes and portfolios in search of breakthrough change."
A growing number of foundations are reintroducing risk-taking into their processes and portfolios as one way to create breakthrough change.
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"...no matter how many leaders and organizations join an effort or how well thought-out and rigorous their plan, it is simply not possible to impose a strategy on a community. To be successful, they need to work with the community. But how do we ensure that the context of the community itself—its civic culture—is part of these efforts so as to ensure success?"
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People don't give their time, money, or voice to charitable "brands", "organisations", or "institutions". It is the cause they're inspired to support – be that transforming the wellbeing of other people, other species, or the precious world we all depend upon. By recognising that "people give to people", we tell ourselves as charities not to get in the way. Don't put ourselves before the cause. Try to be the catalyst and facilitator, the inspiration and means by which people can change the world.
Friends of the Earth's director of fundraising discusses how involving your community can transform your charity
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Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities and nonprofits. We strengthen the sector’s collective voice, serve as a forum and meeting place, and provide a supportive environment for organizations to build stronger communities.

Imagine Canada est un organisme qui promeut le rôle et la contribution des OSBL à la société canadienne. Il renforce la voix collective du secteur, agit comme forum et lieu de rencontre et crée un milieu propice dans lequel les organismes contribuent à bâtir des collectivités solides.