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  • Imagine Canada releases Guide to Giving | Imagine Canada
    questions Canadians may have when deciding where to allocate their charitable gifts Canadians need access to good information about Canada s charities especially at this time of the year when our thoughts turn to collective goodwill and when several charities are in the midst of holiday giving campaigns It is our hope that this Guide to Giving will help Canadians make their donation decisions says Marcel Lauzière President CEO of

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/news-item/imagine-canada-releases-guide-giving (2014-10-22)
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  • Imagine Canada Reacts to Budget 2011 | Imagine Canada
    New News Share This About Imagine Canada What s New News Events Get Involved Our Supporters Our People Media Issues Centre Imagine Canada Reacts to Budget 2011 Tuesday March 22 2011 Media Releases OTTAWA The federal budget documents tabled today offer some encouragement to the charitable and nonprofit sector recognizing its essential role in the Canadian economy and society through the valuable services provided to Canadians Read more budget 2011

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/who-we-are/whats-new/news/imagine-canada-reacts-budget-2011 (2014-10-22)
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  • Canada’s Charity Leaders Cautiously Optimistic about the Future while Major Sector Challenges Remain | Imagine Canada
    country and their ability to deliver their missions This release is significant as responses to this iteration of the survey indicate positive changes within Canada s charitable environment as the sector continues its fragile recovery from the recent economic downturn While demand for the products and services of sector organizations remains high there are signs that sector leaders are beginning to see a slackening of the ever increasing demand The immediacy of financial challenges for some organizations has receded and organizational stress had declined significantly from the high seen just one year ago However this positive shift is not uniform across the sector While foundations report increased revenues operating charities continue to report stagnant revenues and ever increasing expenditures Although these findings are heartening results are far from universally positive A significant number of organizations continue to report challenges in a number of areas Similarly many operating charities continue to report flat revenues and increased expenditures shares Marcel Lauzière Imagine Canada President CEO Although a new optimism is in the air major challenges remain particularly with regards to adequate financial resources for organizations We must also keep in mind that the survey responses were collected prior to recent economic turmoil in the United States and Europe It is also worth noting that the human resources situation has improved slightly for operating charities as the average reported increase in the number of paid staff in the sector 3 8 is more than twice the increase in total employment across the country 1 4 The sector employs more than 2 million people representing 11 1 of the economically active population The sector also represents 106 4 billion or 7 1 of our country s GDP larger than the automotive or manufacturing industries For more information about the Sector Monitor program and to

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/who-we-are/whats-new/news/canada%E2%80%99s-charity-leaders-cautiously-optimistic-about-future-while-major (2014-10-22)
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  • 500 to attend National Summit for the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector | Imagine Canada
    communities here in Canada and around the world The National Summit for the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector more than two years in the making will help Canada s charities and nonprofits explore new ways to finance their work attract the best possible staff and volunteers and create a new dialogue with Canadians about the sector s impact The National Summit is hosted by Imagine Canada Community Foundations of Canada Philanthropic Foundations Canada and United Way Centraide Canada and will take place in Ottawa from November 28 to 30 2011 It will be an inter generational event with more than 100 young and emerging leaders in attendance and participating online His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada will deliver the keynote address to delegates at the Delta Hotel Ottawa City Centre on Tuesday November 29 2011 at 9 15 a m All participants of this plenary must be seated by 8 40 a m Latecomers will not be admitted National Chief Shawn Atleo will deliver the second keynote address to delegates on Wednesday November 30 2011 at 9 10 a m Other speakers include Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi on the role of the sector in building vibrant and resilient communities social commentator Allan Gregg on where charities and nonprofits sit on the radar screens of decision makers the media and the public Emmanuelle Hébert co Founder of MU in Montreal on community and citizen engagement and Canadian Astronaut Julie Payette on collaboration teamwork and forward thinking The intent of this next leg of the National Engagement Strategy is to identify concrete actions that will propel us forward says Marcel Lauzière President CEO of Imagine Canada Real progress for our sector and for the people we serve will only come from strong collaboration mutual accountability and collective action

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/who-we-are/whats-new/news/500-attend-national-summit-charitable-and-nonprofit-sector (2014-10-22)
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  • Imagine Canada and the Muttart Foundation unveil a national contest: Students (Verb) Charities | Imagine Canada
    such as the health sector or the arts community What about the bigger picture How does the charitable sector as a whole ensure improve and reflect the quality of life in Canada and around the world The charitable sector is massive and multifaceted Consequently its collective impact may not be evident Students Verb Charities is a contest that asks students at publicly funded post secondary institutions to produce a public awareness campaign that talks about the depth scope and reach that the sector has as a whole Contestants can submit campaigns in any form or medium There is a total of 100 000 in cash prizes including a 50 000 first prize for the top entry a second prize of 25 000 and a third prize of 10 000 Bob Wyatt Executive Director of the Muttart Foundation is looking forward to seeing how students use their creativity to reflect the contributions of the charitable sector We have deliberately kept the format and medium of the contest flexible because we want young people to be as creative as possible in helping us take a fresh look at ourselves Marcel Lauzière President and CEO of Imagine Canada adds This is an opportunity

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/who-we-are/whats-new/news/imagine-canada-and-muttart-foundation-unveil-national-contest-students (2014-10-22)
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  • Submissions are now being accepted for Imagine Canada and The Muttart Foundation’s national contest: Students (Verb) Charities | Imagine Canada
    the health sector or the arts community What about the bigger picture How does the charitable sector as a whole ensure improve and reflect the quality of life in Canada and around the world The charitable sector is massive and multifaceted Consequently its collective impact may not be evident Students Verb Charities is a contest that asks students at publicly funded post secondary institutions to produce a public awareness campaign that talks about the depth scope and reach that the sector has as a whole Contestants can submit campaigns in any form or medium There is a total of 100 000 in cash prizes including a 50 000 first prize for the top entry a second prize of 25 000 and a third prize of 10 000 Bob Wyatt Executive Director of the Muttart Foundation is looking forward to seeing how students use their creativity to reflect the contributions of the charitable sector We have deliberately kept the format and medium of the contest flexible because we want young people to be as creative as possible in helping us take a fresh look at ourselves Marcel Lauzière President and CEO of Imagine Canada added This is an opportunity for young people to become more engaged with charities In addition to looking forward to seeing the campaigns we also look forward to connecting with the next generation of leaders in our sector 30 Students Verb Charities Show us y our stuff Visit www studentsverbcharities ca for contest rules and regular updates 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 www imaginecanada ca The Muttart Foundation considers a robust charitable

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/who-we-are/whats-new/news/submissions-are-now-being-accepted-imagine-canada-and-muttart-foundation%E2%80%99s (2014-10-22)
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  • New tool provides easy access to charitable information | Imagine Canada
    provides detailed financial information based on an organization s filings to the Canada Revenue Agency CRA But more importantly charities now have the opportunity to start supplementing this information with details about their programs and accomplishments Together the information found in CharityFocus provides a balanced picture of Canada s charities their work their funding and their people When looking at a charity it s important to consider the whole picture says Marcel Lauzière President and CEO of Imagine Canada We ve seen a number of attempts recently to rank charities based solely on finances Imagine Canada consistently reminds Canadians that numbers alone say nothing about the programs that a particular charity runs to support its community nor do they shed any light on impact or results With CharityFocus you can use easy to read charts and graphs to check the financial details but as charities upload their unique information you ll soon be able to see what they ve accomplished We call on our colleagues throughout the charitable sector to participate in this initiative Visitors to the site can use powerful search tools to find organizations by name area of work or location and can make donations right on the spot Charities in addition to being able add their own material have free access to a Quick Prep tool that will help them more easily and accurately complete their annual filings to the CRA The site is easy to use and available free of charge in both official languages Production of CharityFocus was made possible by a financial contribution from Canada Revenue Agency with support from RBC Foundation and Cenovus Energy 30 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

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/who-we-are/whats-new/news/new-tool-provides-easy-access-charitable-information (2014-10-22)
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  • Imagine Canada Reacts to Budget 2012 | Imagine Canada
    to further restrict the extent to which charities may fund political activities of other qualified donnees and to introduce new sanctions for charities that exceed the limits on political activities or that fail to provide complete and accurate information in relation to any aspect of their annual return Internationally Canadian charities are at the forefront of transparency and accountability said Lauzière Imagine Canada will carefully analyze these proposed changes to assess their full implications and will engage actively in the consultations on these proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act The onus is on the federal government not to discourage these donations or activities or to add disproportionate administrative costs to charities As the government notes in the budget Given their unique perspectives and expertise it is broadly recognized that charities make a valuable contribution to the development of public policy in Canada Imagine Canada is pleased to see that the government has introduced measures that will enhance reporting and transparency and increase sanctions in connection with abusive tax shelter schemes With regard to the significant cuts to government departments they will have a major impact on the communities served by Canada s charities and nonprofits and we call on government to ensure transition support and funding to minimize the short and long term impact We also urge government to accelerate its intent as announced in the budget to modernize the administration of grants and contributions to reduce red tape and make it easier to access funding Building on the experience of other countries the Finance Department has announced that the Government of Canada and the Mint will work in collaboration with Imagine Canada to reach out to institutions and charitable organizations who may wish to organize fundraising activities around the elimination of the penny Imagine Canada looks forward to

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/who-we-are/whats-new/news/imagine-canada-reacts-budget-2012 (2014-10-22)
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