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  • Imagine Canada Applauds Anti-spam Exemption for Charities | Imagine Canada
    and generate revenue by providing this exemption said Imagine Canada President CEO Marcel Lauzière As originally proposed the regulations would have cost charities across Canada millions of dollars dollars that are better used serving communities The exemption will significantly reduce administrative and compliance costs for charities and avoid the imposition of unnecessary red tape Draft regulations to implement portions of Canada s Anti Spam Law CASL were published in January The regulations would have made it more onerous for charities to communicate and inform potential supporters about events such as fundraising dinners sporting events raffles or other activities carried out primarily to raise money for the charity The House of Commons Finance Committee in its report on tax incentives for charitable giving recommended that the government look for ways to reduce red tape and administration and we are very happy that the government has taken the Committee s views on board said Lauzière Charities appreciate the immense trust placed in them by Canadians and will continue to work to earn and maintain this trust each day Imagine Canada wishes to thank the many partners who worked with us to present a strong case for this exemption 30 Imagine Canada is

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/who-we-are/whats-new/news/imagine-canada-applauds-anti-spam-exemption-charities (2014-10-22)
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  • Accredited charities and nonprofits grow in number | Imagine Canada
    had otherwise We are better and stronger for it Sharilyn Hale Governance Committee Chair Canadian Feed The Children The Aurora Cultural Centre sought Accreditation through Imagine Canada to clearly demonstrate our commitment to charitable best practices We look forward to proudly showcasing the Trustmark on our materials and website Laura Schembri Executive Director Aurora Cultural Centre Transparent peer review process Organizations policies and procedures in the five areas of the standards are examined by a panel of volunteer peer reviewers from the sector Organization must comply with all standards to be accredited What a peer reviewer had to say about her Standards Program experience Participating in the peer review process has been extremely valuable on a personal level We are strengthening the common understanding of good governance for all charities The dialogue that emerges in the peer review process is forging a shared approach that will create strong value for donors Susan Bower VP Business Operations Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Newly accredited organizations Aspen Family and Community Network Society Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support Threads of Life Autism Canada Foundation BC Cancer Foundation British Columbia SPCA Cambridge Shelter Corporation Cuso International Edmonton Food Bank Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver FEED NOVA SCOTIA Fondation SEMAFO Foundation Fighting Blindness Hospice Wellington John Howard Society of Waterloo Wellington KidsAbility Foundation Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation National Service Dogs Parkinson Society Canada Société Parkinson Canada Partners for Mental Health Partenaires pour la santé mentale PLEA Community Services Society of BC Reh Fit Centre Reh Fit Foundation Rick Hansen Foundation Fondation Rick Hansen Royal Ontario Museum Governors Sage Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton Sarnia Community Foundation Save a Child s Heart Canada Special Olympics Ontario St Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation The Arthritis Society La Société de l arthrite The Calgary Foundation

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/who-we-are/whats-new/news/accredited-charities-and-nonprofits-grow-number (2014-10-22)
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  • The Muttart Foundation and Imagine Canada Award $100,000 to Winners of Students (Verb) Charities Contest | Imagine Canada
    Kyle Monique Pantel and Josie Marier Loeppky from Red River College Winnipeg Manitoba for their campaign Charities are at the Heart Third Prize of 10 000 was awarded to Laura Stobbe from the University of Victoria for her campaign A Charity Was Here Fourth Prize of 7 500 was awarded to Mitch Kruse and Tamara Adams from Red River College Winnipeg Manitoba for their campaign Without Charities Fifth Prize of 5 000 was awarded to Jaclyn Leskiw Michael Trakalo and Katie Madziak from Red River College Winnipeg Manitoba for their campaign Charities are Everywhere Sixth Prize of 2 500 was awarded to Tanner Ziprick and Kelly McGuinness from Red River College Winnipeg Manitoba for their campaign Most Canadians wouldn t know a charity if it hit them in the face Contest sponsors are thrilled with the quality of the work students submitted and strongly believe that the creative talents of young people will help them achieve something that the sector hasn t done before The charitable sector needs a fresh approach to looking at ourselves and how we tell our stories to others says Bob Wyatt Executive Director of the Muttart Foundation Marcel Lauzière Imagine Canada s president and CEO sees the contest as an important way for us to connect with the next generation of leaders in our sector and to get a glimpse of the sector s future It is also an innovative way to engage Canadians with all charities both locally and nationally The Muttart Foundation and Imagine Canada teamed up two years ago to create Students Verb Charities a national contest that asked post secondary students to create public awareness campaigns that speak about the contribution of charities The contest challenged students to draw attention to the depth scope and reach of the entire sector and

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/who-we-are/whats-new/news/muttart-foundation-and-imagine-canada-award-100000-winners-students-verb (2014-10-22)
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  • Charities and nonprofits meet high standards | Imagine Canada
    understand and meet their legal financial and fiduciary responsibilities There is a sense of a shift among charities and nonprofits as more organizations reach towards self regulation and a shared set of common standards We and the 24 organizations accredited this month are proud to be part of that shift says Marcel Lauzière president and CEO of Imagine Canada Builds Public Confidence Among the Standards Program s goals are the ability to increase an organization s transparency and capacity and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the nonprofit sector as a whole Accredited organizations are awarded a program Trustmark so they can showcase their achievement in their material for example tax receipts program brochures website etc Transparent peer review process Accredited organizations policies and procedures in the five areas of compliance have been evaluated by a group of volunteers from the sector and were found to be compliant with the rigorous externally established standards This helps staff focus on the mission of their organization knowing that potential areas of concern have been addressed and that policies are in place Newly Accredited Organizations Allergy Asthma Information Association Aurora Cultural Centre British Columbia SPCA Canadian Diabetes Association Canadian Feed the Children Cataraqui Conservation Foundation Cridge Centre for the Family The CultureLink Settlement Services Food for Life Canada Charitable Corporation Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation Healthy Families Healthy Futures John Howard Society of Ontario Kids Help Phone London Health Sciences Foundation Ontario Lung Association Pathways to Education Canada Save the Children Canada St Joseph s Healthcare Foundation United Way of London Middlesex Volunteer Calgary Whistler Community Services Society WISH Inc Women in Second Stage Housing WWF Canada Youth Science Canada The full list of accredited organizations is available at imaginecanada ca accreditedorganizations The Standards Program is made possible with the financial contributions

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/who-we-are/whats-new/news/charities-and-nonprofits-meet-high-standards (2014-10-22)
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  • The First-Time Donor’s Super Credit | Imagine Canada
    Donor s Super Credit Thursday June 13 2013 Issue Alerts On March 21 the 2013 federal budget announced the establishment of a new tax incentive for charitable giving The First Time Donor s Super Credit will be available to people who have never claimed the federal charitable tax credit or whose most recent claim of the existing credit was in 2007 or earlier The Super Credit will add 25 percentage

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/who-we-are/whats-new/news/first-time-donor%E2%80%99s-super-credit (2014-10-22)
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  • Imagine Canada and the Muttart Foundation to Award $100,000 to Winners of Students (Verb) Charities Contest | Imagine Canada
    always evident This is why Imagine Canada and The Muttart Foundation teamed up to create Students Verb Charities a national contest that asked post secondary students to create public awareness campaigns that speak about the contribution of charities The contest challenged students to draw attention to the depth scope and reach of the entire sector and to do it as creatively as possible in any form or medium Campaigns were then judged for originality and for their ability to engage Canadians with charities by a panel of five sector professionals from across the country The Six Finalists in no particular order Suzy Bodiroga Alex Kyle Monique Pantel and Josie Marier Loeppky Red River College Winnipeg Manitoba Mitch Kruse and Tamara Adams Red River College Winnipeg Manitoba Laura Stobbe University of Victoria Victoria BC Emily Doer Courtney Brecht and Corinne Rikkelmann Red River College Winnipeg Manitoba Tanner Ziprick and Kelly McGuinness Red River College Winnipeg Manitoba Jaclyn Leskiw Michael Trakalo and Katie Madziak Red River College Winnipeg Manitoba Contest sponsors are thrilled with the quality of the work students submitted and strongly believe that the creative talents of young people will help them achieve something that the sector hasn t done before The sector needs a fresh approach to looking at ourselves and how we tell our stories to others says Bob Wyatt Executive Director of the Muttart Foundation Marcel Lauzière Imagine Canada s president and CEO sees the contest as an important way for us to connect with the next generation of leaders in our sector and to get a glimpse of the sector s future It is also an innovative way to engage Canadians with all charities both locally and nationally Winning campaign highlights will be shown publicly for the first time on Friday June 21 at the Students

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/who-we-are/whats-new/news/imagine-canada-and-muttart-foundation-award-100000-winners-students-verb (2014-10-22)
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  • Imagine Canada Reacts to Budget 2013 | Imagine Canada
    Credit are twofold to encourage more Canadians to give so that we can broaden the donor base in Canada and to encourage those who already give to give more The Super Credit will help us make real progress on the first of these generating up to 110 million a year from new donors for causes that Canadians hold dear This is a significant investment in our communities at a time of ongoing restraint The proposed Super Credit would add 25 percentage points to the Charitable Tax Credit for donations made by individuals who have not claimed and whose spouse has not claimed the Charitable Tax Credit since 2007 This would increase the 15 percent tax credit on donations below 200 to 40 percent and the 29 percent tax credit on donations above 200 would increase to 54 percent The Super Credit can be claimed once and will apply to donations up to 1000 We are pleased at the government s commitment to work with Imagine Canada and the charitable sector to encourage more Canadians to give more added Lauzière The Commons Standing Committee on Finance heard overwhelming support for the Stretch Tax Credit and for the goals it is meant to achieve from charities from across Canada We are convinced that the Stretch Tax Credit would be the most effective way of achieving the government s commitment and we will continue to press the government to work towards the full Stretch as soon as the fiscal situation improves Imagine Canada is also pleased that the government intends to expand and extend the Hiring Credit for Small Business which also applies to charities as employers Imagine Canada will also work to ensure that charities as employers and as providers of essential job and skills training have full access to the proposed

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/who-we-are/whats-new/news/imagine-canada-reacts-budget-2013 (2014-10-22)
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  • Budget 2013: Summary of items affecting the charitable and nonprofit sector | Imagine Canada
    Our People Media Issues Centre Budget 2013 Summary of items affecting the charitable and nonprofit sector Friday March 22 2013 Issue Alerts Budget 2013 maintains the federal government s target to balance the budget by 2015 16 In order to achieve this Budget 2013 contains limited new spending while reaffirming spending reductions that were announced in Budget 2012 The budget also contains further measures aimed at improving the integrity of

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/who-we-are/whats-new/news/budget-2013-summary-items-affecting-charitable-and-nonprofit-sector (2014-10-22)
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