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  • charities | Imagine Canada
    Continue reading Bigfoot charity expenses and other urban legends Monday December 2 2013 Impact that s a big part of the answer to one of the most frequently asked questions we get at Imagine Canada how should I decide which charity to support When people ask they are often looking for a magic number how much overhead is OK What should charities spend on fundraising and Continue reading Research charities before you give Of course but do it right Tuesday July 23 2013 On July 1 Edmonton Journal writer Susan Marinuk wrote a piece called Research charities before you give page no longer published An edited version of Imagine Canada s response How to pick a charity was published in the Letters to the Editor Section on July 3 no longer published Our full Continue reading Trust in Charities We need to talk Tuesday November 12 2013 Many of you will have seen by now the results of the recent Muttart Foundation survey Talking About Charities This is the 5th iteration of the survey that was first done in 2000 This time around The Muttart Foundation contracted Imagine Canada to do the analysis of the responses There is Continue reading

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/tags/charities (2014-10-22)
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  • entrepeneurs | Imagine Canada
    Humans Can Visit the Moon or Mars Why Can t We Tuesday April 1 2014 Warren Buffet and Bill Gates should not expect Larry Page to sign on to their high profile giving initiative any time soon Page CEO of Google and with a net worth of 31 4 billion had some interesting things to say about philanthropy and change while in Vancouver for a TED talk particularly for Continue

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/tags/entrepeneurs (2014-10-22)
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  • philanthropy | Imagine Canada
    Humans Can Visit the Moon or Mars Why Can t We Tuesday April 1 2014 Warren Buffet and Bill Gates should not expect Larry Page to sign on to their high profile giving initiative any time soon Page CEO of Google and with a net worth of 31 4 billion had some interesting things to say about philanthropy and change while in Vancouver for a TED talk particularly for Continue

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/tags/philanthropy (2014-10-22)
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  • March of Dimes Canada: Creating an inclusive society | Imagine Canada
    disabilities by maximizing their independence personal empowerment and community participation In 2001 we expanded our mandate to include children and youth Today March of Dimes is one of the largest providers of community based services to children and adults with physical disabilities in Ontario with over 1 600 employees in more than 90 locations In 2006 we began to extend our programs nationally and currently also have services available in Nova Scotia Quebec Alberta and British Columbia with plans to further expand across Canada In 2012 13 we provided 2 55 million hours of direct service to 55 284 children and adults across Canada who suffer from a range of disabling conditions including multiple sclerosis cerebral palsy Parkinson s disease acquired brain injuries or the recurring effects of stroke or polio The services March of Dimes Canada provides cover a broad range of needs all with the common objective of increasing community participation and empowerment and include Employment and Recreation programs Independent Living Services Vocational Rehabilitation Peer Support programs to stroke and polio survivors and much more To learn more about the March of Dimes Canada visit their website or check out their CharityFocus profile Back to Blog Retour au

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/march-dimes-canada-creating-inclusive-society (2014-10-22)
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  • Balancing Evidence and Compassion-based Approaches to Making a Difference | Imagine Canada
    bed nets treated with insecticide are a great way to tackle the scourge of malaria theoretically But there are big logistical problems including distribution looting and costs And even if you solve those there s no guarantee that people will use them for the purposes intended Sometimes they use them to protect their goats or to catch fish Years of social marketing campaigns to promote the use of bed nets have scarcely made a difference An important argument about priorities and resource allocation comes down to a simple question with a complicated answer do insecticide treated bed nets actually work On the one hand evidence from the Cochrane group based on individual and cluster randomized controlled trials of insecticide treated bed nets is clear ITN s are highly effective in reducing childhood mortality and morbidity from malaria This provides a clinical foundation for effectiveness but real world programs especially in the developing world are inevitably less tidy and controlled In a comprehensive but not especially rigorous investigation involving thoroughly reviewing the research researching possible concerns multi day site visits to charities operations in the field as well as cost effectiveness analysis Give Well estimates that the cost per child life saved is just under 2 500 based on total cost 5 54 per LLIN None of these numbers can be considered definitive for bombing or malaria data is just too scarce and unreliable And they raise a key point in a world where methodology and data will always be imperfect when is enough evidence enough Yglesias and Wente do illustrate important lessons for charities While a good deal of charitable activity is motivated by compassion or other important but difficult to measure goals concerns about whether and how well programs work are becoming more important in an increasingly data driven

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/blog/balancing-evidence-and-compassion-based-approaches-making-difference (2014-10-22)
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  • Implications of U.S. Tax Reform for Charities and Why Canadian Charities Should Be Aware | Imagine Canada
    deductions and credits it costs businesses and individuals more than 160 Billion to comply to the inefficiency of the tax code The committee s proposal is to eliminate all tax expenditures in the Code and return to a blank revenue raising slate Theoretically this could result in the elimination of tax deductibility for charitable donations with dramatic consequences for the way U S charities raise money But Baucus and Hatch are realistic enough to recognize that no tax system will ever be without special provisions What they do argue however is that special provisions would need to pass three strict tests of public interest Special provisions are out unless there is clear evidence that they Help grow the economy Make the tax code fairer Effectively promote other important policy objectives If tax reform were to proceed on this basis then the challenge for charities would be to show how they meet the tests of public interest The Aviv Paper The Aviv statement addresses each of the criteria and tries to show how the activities of charities fit with them First she argues that charities serve public policy in two ways At a very general level charities help make America a just and inclusive society as well as a healthy democracy At a more specific level she argues that charities solve problems and generate value for Americans Thus Aviv goes on to show how charities make a measurable difference in the lives of Americans delivering meals improving education and a wide range of other impacts for which Aviv quotes quantifiable impacts where possible Second Aviv s statement focuses on the contribution of the sector to the economy as a whole The charitable sector is a crucial component of the nation s economy 13 5 million paid workers more than finance and real estate sector combined This is very similar to arguments being developed by Imagine Canada and others in the Canadian context Third the Aviv statement addresses the question of fairness is tax deductibility equitable between different income groups Aviv notes The current tax code treats every tax payer who claims a deduction equitably regardless of the rate at which their income is taxed people are not required to pay tax on the portion of their earning devoted to charity Further this enjoys broad support because Americans recognize it is policy in which donors generosity is matched be government tax subsidy all with the noble intent of making life better for others However the inevitable result of tax deduction as opposed to the more equitable nonrefundable tax credit used in Canada combined with a progressive tax rate is that people who earn higher incomes benefit more from tax expenditures than people with lower incomes Hence tax subsidies favour the priorities of the rich as opposed to the poor But Aviv notes that reducing the value of charitable deductions for higher income tax payers will diminish the impact of services across the sector Americans in every bracket give generously to all types

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  • canadamitts.jpg | Imagine Canada
    Our Programs Resources and Tools Who we are Our Programs Resources and Tools You are here Home Share This canadamitts jpg Our National Partners Learn more about our National Partners and other supporters Who we are Our Programs Resources and

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  • woods_home_member_profile_pensive_girl.jpg | Imagine Canada
    and Tools Who we are Our Programs Resources and Tools You are here Home Share This woods home member profile pensive girl jpg Our National Partners Learn more about our National Partners and other supporters Who we are Our Programs

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