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  • Support your team! Get on the field, play hard, and Stretch! | Imagine Canada
    the game can help you be more confident on the field Meeting with your MP is fair game Over the last few months we ve all heard a lot about political activity and the CRA It has caused some to be afraid of engaging at all in advocacy efforts Remember though that meeting with or writing to your MP is charitable activity and does NOT qualify as political activity The meeting or written communication becomes political activity only if you use it in a public call to political action asking others to urge a government to retain oppose or change a law policy or decision Publicizing that you ve had a meeting or releasing the text of the letter generally isn t political activity unless you re asking others to act on the information Even where there is political activity this is completely legal and legitimate provided ALL of your political activity for the year doesn t use up more than 10 of your resources and remains non partisan Saying you support or don t support Policy X is perfectly fine Saying you do or don t support Political Party X or Politician X would be prohibited partisan activity Because this blog post contains a call to action ie we encourage you to contact your MP it counts towards Imagine Canada s political activity Therefore we have taken note of the time and resources used to develop the blog post so that we can report on it accurately to CRA through the T3010 Help us get the Stretch past the goal line By now we hope our sports analogies have convinced you to help us win the game Below are a few similarly styled tips to keep in mind when communicating with your MP Schedule your games in advance MP s are generally happy to make time for constituents and community leaders but they ve got incredibly busy schedules Call or email the office as far ahead of time as you can Most MP s are in their constituencies on Fridays and weekends and the House doesn t sit the weeks of October 13 and November 10 so those are good times to aim for Have a captains meeting It s best to agree on the terms of engagement before you play When you ask for a meeting be clear on what your purpose is There s nothing wrong with wanting to have an introductory meeting if you don t already have a relationship But if you ve got a specific issue you want to talk about whether it s a policy idea like the Stretch or a funding application you haven t heard back on let the staff know so that they have the context and can do some background work Be goal oriented The best athletes keep their eyes on the prize If you re going in to talk about a problem be ready to propose a solution If you don t have an answer to What do

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  • Bruce Lawson talks grantmaking at a private foundation (Q&A) | Imagine Canada
    focus lies and advances the charitable sector at large Are you funding the same charities year after year or are you looking for new ones We manage about 40 50 granting relationships at any given time and of these approximately 15 20 may be new to us Typically we provide seed or project funding for a two to three year period and we may renew funding for up to three more years Only in rare circumstances do we fund the same organization for more than five or six years We see on your website that you have two tiered application process Yes The first step is a letter of intent to help us understand what your broad idea is If that idea resonates we want to work with you to take it to the next step which is a full application and if the idea doesn t fit we don t want you to have spent a lot of time creating a full fledged grant application for something that we are unlikely to fund So the letter of intent is meant to take a few hours and involve some good thought process but really not be a huge expenditure of a grantseeker s time We want to get a sense of what the idea is what the cost is and what you hope to achieve Then we the staff can assess whether or not we think the board would be interested Do you have a sense of how many applications you receive for these 15 20 new grants that you provide each year It is hard to know exactly because there are some letters of intent that are on topic and then there are those letters that are just sent to any and all foundations whether or not there is a connection to the mission of the foundation Those receive an automatic no I am sure if we counted all the letters of intent and applications it would be between 100 and 150 and possibly as high as 200 that we see each year In addition to being the President of The Counselling Foundation of Canada you are currently the Board Chair of Philanthropic Foundations Canada PFC What can you tell us about the role of organizations like PFC in the charitable sector When I took on leadership of the Foundation I didn t know many of my peers at other foundations Getting involved with PFC was an easy way to start learning more about the way the sector was evolving who my colleagues were and the type of work that they are doing For me it was important to be active in the sector because collectively we can have more impact when we work together whether it s on public policy issues for the sector or areas more closely related to our mandate If we all stick to our own territory we are less likely to be successful in fostering the broader societal change we d like to see

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/bruce-lawson-talks-grantmaking-private-foundation-qa (2014-10-22)
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  • Charitable Tax Credits a Good Return on Investment | Imagine Canada
    generosity As to the impact that eliminating the tax credit would have on charities Mr Coyne argues that charities should raise money on the strength of their cause and that donors should not expect anything in return from the federal government We know that most Canadians give to charity because they believe in the cause or organization not because they think they ll get something in return But we also know through the Canada Survey of Giving Volunteering and Participating that almost one quarter of donors are motivated by the tax credit to give and that more than half of donors say they would give more if there were a more generous tax credit Governments corporations and Canadians have all been challenged to maintain and enhance their support for charities in recent years given widespread belt tightening in the face of economic uncertainty Indeed Statistics Canada recently published troubling data that strengthens the argument against eliminating the charitable tax credit In 2012 the total amount of charitable donations claimed by Canadians fell by almost two percent and the number of Canadians reporting donations on their income tax fell in eleven of the thirteen provinces and territories Enhance tax credits don t eliminate them If we want a more vibrant and sustainable charitable sector if we want more Canadians investing directly in communities then eliminating the charitable tax credit is the wrong way to go If anything the tax credit should be enhanced to encourage a broader range of Canadians to give more and to give strategically The 2013 federal budget in introducing the First Time Donor s Super Credit recognized the challenges charities face in attracting a new generation of donors through a one time enhancement of the tax credit for new donors Imagine Canada believes it is time to

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/charitable-tax-credits-good-return-investment (2014-10-22)
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  • Blog | Imagine Canada
    Policy Public Policy Bruce MacDonald Every day we stretch We stretch our muscles our imaginations our dollars and even our limits But what about our Continue reading Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau At the September 9 2014 Member Profile Brynn Clarke The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau GPVSB is a registered charity that provides advisory resource and Continue reading A Funder s Perspective on Grant Applications August 28 2014 Grantseeker Monthly Want to know what funders really think Over the next several months the Grant Connect team is interviewing Continue reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 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 s time to

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog?page=1 (2014-10-22)
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  • Blog | Imagine Canada
    2014 Member Profile Brynn Clarke The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa BGCO provides a safe supportive place where children and youth can experience new Continue reading Société de Saint Vincent de Paul de Montréal July 8 2014 Member Profile Brynn Clarke Founded in Montreal in 1848 the Société de Saint Vincent de Paul was one of the first service organizations Continue reading The Power of the Crowd July 3 2014 Grantseeker Monthly Crowdfunding is an increasingly hot topic for fundraisers Millions of dollars are raised every year through online Continue reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 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 s time

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog?page=2 (2014-10-22)
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  • Blog | Imagine Canada
    Home Assistance to Seniors is a not for profit charitable organization that supports the Continue reading Standards are everywhere Global view of June 2 2014 The Standards Transparency and Accountability Lisa Hartford Last week 27 charities added their names to the list of organizations accredited by Imagine Canada s Standards Program Continue reading How much should I ask for in a grant application May 29 2014 Grantseeker Monthly Deciding how much to ask for in a grant application can be a perilous job Do you swing for the fences and ask for 100 Continue reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 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

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog?page=3 (2014-10-22)
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  • Blog | Imagine Canada
    Commentary Brian Emmett After 33 years as a federal public servant and another six years consulting primarily to the federal government I Continue reading The Nanaimo District Hospital Foundation May 13 2014 Member Profile Brynn Clarke Since 1977 the Nanaimo District Hospital Foundation has been a proud advocate of progressive healthcare for the Continue reading Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and the May 5 2014 Public Policy Public Policy Michelle Gauthier PhD Over the last few years as I have crisscrossed the country talking to charity leaders about how to engage Continue reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 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 s

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog?page=4 (2014-10-22)
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  • Blog | Imagine Canada
    Economist Commentary Brian Emmett Results definition and management are hot topics these days given additional attention by the recent decision of the Continue reading In Conversation with Marcel Lauzière Canadian April 25 2014 Grantseeker Monthly As you likely heard Marcel Lauzière recently stepped down as the President and CEO of Imagine Canada Next week he ll Continue reading Assiniboine Park Conservancy Winnipeg s April 8 2014 Member Profile Brynn Clarke Assiniboine Park exists to connect people to nature and to create community through a variety of experiences Continue reading Pages first previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 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 s time to act It

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog?page=5 (2014-10-22)
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