Charity Matters

As the Ebola crisis continues to spread in West Africa, the urgency to not only treat victims, but also to contain the virus, has intensified. According to the CBC, this Ebola outbreak, which started last spring, has claimed over 4,700 lives, and those numbers are expected to grow despite a slight slowing in the infection […]

Charity Matters

Fundraising is hard. And it’s especially hard for small charities on a tight budget with limited time and staff. No one knows that better than Beth Carlson-Malena, co-director of Jacob’s Well, a small Vancouver Downtown Eastside charity with only four staff members. “We already have enough trouble covering all the basics,” she says. “Finding a […]

Charity Matters

Canadians are a charitable bunch Us Canadians are known for our hockey obsession, living off a diet of bacon and maple syrup, and being polite, eh? But did you know we’re a charitable bunch too? Canadians gave over $10.6 billion to charities and non-profits in 2010 and with 84% of Canadians giving1, that’s something we’re […]

Charity Matters

Recently we identified the Four Heads Of Charity in Canada and in response I received a couple of questions about the “Other,” aka the Fourth Head. The actual legal definition of this “other” is other purposes beneficial to the community as a whole that the courts have identified as charitable. What’s difficult to understand about this […]

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I’ll be the first to admit, I  thought that charities and non-profits were the same thing.  And after being involved in dozens of conversations on the topic of “charity”, it appears that I am not alone. Perhaps this is because in the US, the two definitions are one in the same, or perhaps it’s because […]

Charity Matters

In the UK, a handful of banks are starting to let people give to charities directly through an ATM. Sounds like a good thing. Having new, easy ways to be charitable is, indeed, good. What’s not good about it? People can only give to very few charities. For example, the Bank of Scotland has 8,000 […]