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  • Canadians give but don’t take [advantage of the tax] credit | Imagine Canada
    claim it as long as they keep on giving Here s what the tax credit means for someone making that average donation of 446 Depending on where you live the after tax cost of that 446 donation ranges from 262 for Quebec residents to 308 for someone living in Nunavut If someone is already generous but wants to do even more claiming the tax credit means more money in their pocket that they can donate to their favourite cause And for people that haven t been donating maybe because they think they can t afford to or who haven t been claiming tax credits the system is even more generous for the next few years In 2013 the federal government announced the First Time Donor s Super Credit which adds an extra 25 to the charitable tax credit for eligible donors If someone qualifies that 446 average donation will actually only cost them anywhere from 151 to 197 Fewer than one quarter of Canadians cite the tax credit as a reason for donating and fewer than one quarter claim the tax credit Perhaps they believe that it isn t appropriate to be rewarded for doing good But seen in a different light the tax credit is actually a very effective tool to help people who are already supporting their communities to direct tax dollars that they would have paid into organizations and causes that they believe are having a real impact To calculate your own charitable tax credit use this CanadaHelps tax calculator The baby boom generation statistically the most generous donors is retiring which means less disposable income for many of them This combined with the challenges of engaging younger Canadians who have different ways of expressing their commitment to their communities not to mention different financial pressures than

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  • Wood’s Homes Foundation: We Never Say No. We Never Give Up. We Never Turn Anyone Away. | Imagine Canada
    service agency that serves 20 000 vulnerable children and their families every year Wood s Homes is an accredited children s mental health centre that has been based in Calgary since 1925 and is one of Alberta s longest operating charities With a staff complement of 400 Wood s Homes provides over 30 programs and services for at risk children youth and their families in the communities of Calgary Canmore Lethbridge Strathmore Fort McMurray and Fort Smith Wood s Homes is recognized locally and across Canada for its innovative services It is a place of trust where all young people and their families regardless of the challenge can turn to for help Families are the backbone of a community When families are in trouble children suffer Helping young people reach adulthood achieve their potential and become productive members of the community must be one of society s top priorities The Wood s Homes Foundation supports the mission and values of Wood s Homes by identifying qualifying soliciting reporting to and stewarding donors to programs capital campaigns and fundraising events It is governed by a volunteer board of directors To learn more about Wood s Homes Foundation visit their website or

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  • Donor Advised Funds: What Fundraisers Should Know | Imagine Canada
    becomes the back office This Derek says allows donors to focus on what they are most passionate about and the difference they want to make in the community Are donor advised funds replacing private foundations Rather than replacing private foundations as a vehicle for philanthropy Derek tells us that donor advised funds instead serve a different market of donors compared to charitable foundations Increasingly easy to set up and requiring an initial contribution of as little as 5 000 donor advised funds are ideal for those who have always wanted to set up a charitable foundation in order to be strategic in their giving and create a legacy but feel that the cost and burden of setting up a registered foundation is too great Derek sees room for continued growth in both Are donor advised funds open to application Perhaps the biggest question fundraisers ask about donor advised funds is Can I apply for funding from them The answer It depends There s such a huge variation in how donor advised funds can operate Derek explains Some donors know exactly which charities they want to support and have no interest in deviating from that Other donors are quite engaged in the giving process and wish to receive applications from grantseekers The Verna and Lionel McGillivray Fund for Children in Saskatchewan a donor advised fund administered by the Saskatoon Community Foundation chooses to receive applications from prospective grantseekers on an annual basis And then there are donors that know what issue areas they re interested in but will invite the Foundation s guidance on where their donations will see the greatest impact This is where a relationship with a foundation like the Vancity Community Foundation can be pivotal to grantseekers since as Derek explains we often have grantseekers that have really

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  • Blog | Imagine Canada
    the purpose of building a movement of young leaders that are committed to transitioning Continue reading Priceless Corporate Support Beyond the Cheque December 5 2013 Fundraising Grant Seeker Monthly When it comes to corporate relationships it s no longer just about the money As we ve highlighted in a previous blog Continue reading Bigfoot charity expenses and other urban legends December 2 2013 The Narrative Fundraising Finance and Administration Transparency and Accountability Stephen Faul Impact that s a big part of the answer to one of the most frequently asked questions we get at Imagine Canada how Continue reading Pages first previous 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 next last Blog Archives 10 2014 4 09 2014 3 08 2014 2 07 2014 2 06 2014 2 Subscribe to blog updates Tab email subscribe button Popular Posts Need help with your earned income activities The What I ve Learned and the Road Ahead Five Benefits of Implementing a Pipeline Canada s Largest Foundations give over 1 Billion Annually to Canadian Charities Charity leaders looking to enrich their fundraising efforts and to create more impactful partnerships with foundations need to read this report Bruce MacDonald President CEO Read

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog?page=11 (2014-10-22)
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  • The weight of a television set and measuring results in the charitable sector | Imagine Canada
    On the other hand Seth s observations highlight two quite fundamental problems First the sectors I am familiar with government and the charitable sector exist because some of the things society values most highly are hard to measure and hard to deliver by private economic activity intangible values such as high environmental quality or social justice or culture and the arts or wellness Their intangibleness does not mean they are any less important to society than the number of autos or haircuts the economy provides The emphasis on results can lead to an all too human tendency to select priorities that are more easily measureable and perhaps more easily fundable Charities and nonprofits do not want priorities to focus solely on those things which can be measured and ignore important things that can t This means that the pressure to measure has to be addressed in a way that does not undermine the fundamental raison d être of the charitable sector Thus Seth provides an excellent caution Let s not turn a potentially valuable emphasis on results into a world in which things that are easily measured get done those that are harder but important get ignored Here a second reality intrudes At this point in the evolution of charities and nonprofits and indeed of government results definition is not very advanced So how does one measure results when we are perhaps still doing the equivalent of measuring the value of a book by its number of pages Two things are required First is the willingness and courage to make a start accompanied by the realization that a discipline in its infancy will get better over time Second is a built in tolerance for mistakes a plan do learn improve model of management One that views inevitable errors as part

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  • Infirmières de l’humanité | Imagine Canada
    increase the level of overall health in the communities in which we operate all while fostering a climate of sharing equality and solidarity with our local partners We have carried out several initiatives over the past year In Guatemala we provided free nursing clinics as well as home visits for the children and families of the community of San Mateo in Milpas Atlas We have also carried out health promotion activities within this community In Peru we worked in collaboration with the Centro Yanapanakusun to conduct clinical and screening exams in order to detect malnutrition and parasitic infections in the children of the Huancarani community and educated members of the community on health issues affecting them In addition to providing health awareness and promotion services we set up nursing clinics and offered routine screening for malnutrition parasitic disease and anaemia to the children and families using the Waaw program offered by Fairservices in Cuzco In Senegal in collaboration with ICD Afrique we worked in several rural community clinics in the Tambacounda region and organized health awareness campaigns addressing the issues of malaria and child malnutrition To learn more about l Infirmières de l humanité visit their website in French only

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  • Perception and Trust: Can Marketing Communications Help with Public Trust in Charities? | Imagine Canada
    how many wonderful things we do but also the story of how we operate While overall trust in charities and nonprofits is high there are certain types of charities that are trusted more than others The research indicates varying trust levels for the following sub sectors Hospitals 86 trust level Children s charities 82 Environmental charities 67 Arts organizations 60 Churches and other places of worship 59 International development organizations 50 Making work for MarComm professionals in the latter four sub sectors much more challenging Additionally even though trust levels in most types of charities have been at relatively consistent levels there are some troubling exceptions Trust in churches and other places of worship has dropped significantly from 67 in 2006 to 59 in 2013 International development and relief charities have dropped from a high of 59 in 2008 to 50 and Environmental protection charities have gone from 73 in 2006 to 67 What can MarComm do to build trust in your organization How can MarComm help and reinforce an individual s trust in an organization Trust is developed through a series of interactions and exchanges built on shared interests which in time evolve into a set of mutual expectations It s about relationship building and we can be very good at that So along with your colleagues especially your fundraising ones here are a few things you can do to help individuals to better trust your organization Provide access to information In the Talking About Charities report Canadians give charities low ratings for the degree to which they report on how donations are used the impact of programs and their fundraising costs They want and are looking for this information whether it s your annual report or a follow up to a recent fundraising endeavor Transparency is the key to trust here and we need to make sure information is readily and easily found your website is a great place to start Ensure impact is part of your storytelling Take the next step and build upon the information you ve made available and give it context For example annual reports should go beyond reporting the numbers such as percentages of campaign targets achieved Some of these numbers may be important internal measures but they don t always effectively communicate your organization s impact on the issues you are trying to solve for the community you serve Accreditation certification and codes oh my There are various sector and sub sector accreditation certification and codes of conduct programs in Canada Don t be shy to showcase your achievements to your supporters by prominently featuring them on your web properties and in other outreach materials An example of an accreditation program for charities is Imagine Canada s Standards Program which once accreditation is achieved demonstrates your organization s excellence in board governance financial accountability and transparency fundraising staff management and volunteer involvement What can MarComm professionals do to build trust in the sector As a profession we may not have an official

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  • Blog | Imagine Canada
    your organization is relatively small and entirely volunteer run or large with a high number of paid and Continue reading Charities and Nonprofits a Strategic Component to November 12 2013 Public Policy Brian Emmett Many people are curious about my new role as Chief Economist for Canada s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector with Continue reading Trust in Charities We need to talk November 12 2013 Notes from the CEO Marcel Lauzière Many of you will have seen by now the results of the recent Muttart Foundation survey Talking About Charities This is Continue reading Pages first previous 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 next last Blog Archives 10 2014 4 09 2014 3 08 2014 2 07 2014 2 06 2014 2 Subscribe to blog updates Tab email subscribe button Popular Posts Need help with your earned income activities The What I ve Learned and the Road Ahead Five Benefits of Implementing a Pipeline Canada s Largest Foundations give over 1 Billion Annually to Canadian Charities Charity leaders looking to enrich their fundraising efforts and to create more impactful partnerships with foundations need to read this report Bruce MacDonald President CEO Read more Calling all charities It

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog?page=12 (2014-10-22)
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