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  • Sector Source: resources for the charitable sector | Imagine Canada
    Was Here Subscribe to Sector Source News for updates and new resources from the library Tab email subscribe button Sector Source resources for the charitable sector Sector Source is where you can find tools and research to develop your organization s core operations Targeted literature and tools to build your organizational capacity See Managing an Organization for a list of guides Get quick access to some of our most popular topics Board Governance Resources Risk Management and Insurance Liability Resources Charity Tax Tools Fundraising Resources Sector Research Stats Facts Research about Canadian Charities With over 170 000 charitable and nonprofit organizations in Canada 85 000 of these are registered charities the charitable and nonprofit sector contributes an average of 8 1 of total Canadian GDP That s more than the retail trade industry and close to the value of the mining oil and gas extraction industry Learn more All Research Sector Impact Narrative Tool Kit Giving Statistics 84 of Canadians aged 15 and over about 23 8 million Canadians donated to charitable and nonprofit organizations Learn more about Giving Canadians and Volunteering In the latest stats a total of 2 billion hours were volunteered the equivalent of 1 1 million

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/resources-and-tools/sector-source-resources-charitable-sector (2014-10-22)
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  • Charity Focus | Imagine Canada
    research and understand basic information about the charities they support Every charity in Canada has a profile page on Charity Focus How it Works This searchable database displays the publicly available information that organizations give to the Canada Revenue Agency each year but with a unique feature Charities can log in and add their social media feeds annual reports program brochures and videos to their profiles all in the same amount of time it takes to grab a coffee Search for a charity We pride ourselves on being transparent Charity Focus gives donors more options and allows them to see and appreciate where their important dollars are going Erin Boudreau Covenant House Toronto Charities customize your profile page Upload your charity s documents and connect your social media feeds to add important context to the financials displayed on Charity Focus A charity s work is about more than numbers alone Tell your story and connect with your supporters Register and customize your charity s profile page Charity Focus provides a great way for nonprofit organizations to demonstrate transparency and for donors to research the causes they care about in one place The ability to highlight the work we do and

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/resources-and-tools/charity-focus (2014-10-22)
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  • T3010 Quick Prep | Imagine Canada
    for charities in Canada It helps charities better understand and complete the Canada Revenue Agency s T3010 Registered Charity Information Return How it Works Quick Prep offers easy tips and definitions more than 100 error checking rules and automatic form filling to make the preparation of your charity s T3010 filing as easy as possible Quick Prep displays only the fields you need to complete and won t let you proceed if you ve omitted information Once you ve completed the form simply print it out and send it to the CRA I just wanted to pass along my thoughts about the new T3010 Quick Prep tool in a word AWESOME It is such a great tool and has taken a lot of the onerous nature of the form away Susan O Reilly The Natural Step Canada Inc Be ready Register to use the free T3010 Quick Prep Did you know A charity can lose its charitable status for not filing their T3010 forms on time Don t let sloppy administration lead to revocation To be in compliance with Canada Revenue Agency s regulations all charities must complete and submit their T3010 filings to the CRA within six months of

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/resources-and-tools/t3010-quick-prep (2014-10-22)
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  • A Charity Was Here | Imagine Canada
    Imagine Canada and the Muttart Foundation recently sponsored a contest called Students Verb Charities We asked students to tell us how they would tell Canadians about the impact of the charitable sector Their submissions have formed the basis of our A Charity Was Here campaign Charities Are At the Heart Would you know a charity if it hit you in the face Are charities at the heart of your memories Do you consider yourself to be a charity case What would you lose without charities These questions are at the centre of A Charity was Here See the rest of the campaign s video spots on our YouTube page Are you interested in learning more about charities Imagine Canada has lots of information about charities our Sector Source site is a good place to start Do you work or volunteer for a charity or nonprofit Our Narrative tool kit will help you answer common questions about our work It includes information about our sector s impact research highlights an overview of current issues and examples of impact case studies Visit Narrative Homepage It s Time to Stretch For the next few months Imagine Canada is reaching out to charities for ask for their participation in a campaign to help Canadians stretch their charitable giving Learn more Students Verb Charities 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 to do it as creatively as possible in any form or medium Campaigns were judged for originality and for their ability to engage Canadians with charities by

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/resources-and-tools/charity-was-here (2014-10-22)
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  • Stretch Tax FAQ | Imagine Canada
    trigger a federal government investment if people give more than they have in the past Even if the figures are higher than our conservative estimate the Stretch remains an extremely efficient way for the federal government to leverage and catalyze vital community investment across Canada back to top Who would benefit from the Stretch An increase in donations would generate new investment in communities across Canada and around the world helping charities prevent and alleviate social problems and greatly enhancing quality of life through increased access to cultural learning and sporting activities Charities of all sizes and in every region will benefit from greater support particularly those that rely more on a large number of smaller donations to fulfill their mission Average Canadians and their families will benefit from reduced income taxes Previous changes to charitable tax credits such as those encouraging large donations of shares and securities have primarily benefited wealthier Canadians The Stretch Tax Credit will enable working families and middle income Canadians in particular to give more to their charities of choice back to top Implementation Questions back to top If there are concerns about the cost is there any way of limiting the Stretch Tax Credit The cost estimates prepared by our Chief Economist are based on a Stretch Tax Credit with no cap If the cost to the federal government needs to be capped we have in the past suggested that the Stretch Tax Credit could be limited to donations below 10 000 a year That is once an individual reaches that donation level increased donations would no longer attract the Stretch Tax Credit This would in effect put a lifetime cap on how much benefit an individual could receive but would also cap the incentive to give more for those whose donations already exceed 10 000 back to top Could the Stretch Tax Credit be implemented on a temporary basis to test how effective it is at achieving its goal of changing donors behaviour While it would be technically possible to implement the Stretch Tax Credit on a temporary basis it would not be advisable to do so as it will take time for taxpayers to become fully aware of the Stretch Tax Credit and for behaviour to be influenced Too short a trial period could result in eliminating the Credit just as it is gaining traction If the Stretch Tax Credit is not effective in meeting its public policy objectives it will not cost the Treasury anything A sunset clause would be redundant in this situation back to top How would we track the Stretch Tax Credit Data from tax forms could be collated as it is in many other instances to determine what percentage of taxpayers claim charitable tax credits what percentage claim the Stretch Tax Credit and the overall trend in giving both aggregate amounts claimed and the median and mean donations This information would allow policy makers to determine how successful the Stretch Tax Credit is at meeting its public

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/our-programs/public-policy/stretch-campaign/stretch-tax-faq (2014-10-22)
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  • Political Activities | Imagine Canada
    briefs or making presentations to public tribunals counts as charitable activity and is not restricted Some of it particularly when a charity makes a public appeal or encourages grassroots action is classified as political activity meaning there are limits to how much of it a charity can do Further Reading Narrative Issue Sheet on Advocacy Q A Document on Advocacy Political Activity and Foreign Funding Issue Alert Charities Engagement in

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/public-policy-issues/political-activities (2014-10-22)
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  • The Issues | Imagine Canada
    it Further Reading Resource sheet on compensation Letter to leaders of government Info sheet on existing transparency and accountability provisions Bill C 470 Twelve Frequently Asked Questions Bill C 470 Supplementary Questions and Answers Bill C 470 Talking Points Credit Card Fees Charities are increasingly reliant on credit card transactions whether to receive donations or to sell goods and services The merchant fees they pay to credit card companies represent a significant expense at a time when many Canadians are concerned about charities administrative costs The fees also represent a loss of donor dollars many donors do not realize that the charity does not receive the full amount of a donation made with a credit card Imagine Canada has identified this as an issue that could help reduce administrative costs free up more dollars for charities activities and contribute in a small but important way to financial sustainability If you would like to be involved in the analysis of this issue please contact publicpolicy imaginecanada ca For Further Reading Bill S 202 An Act to Amend the Payment Card Networks Act Credit Card Acceptance Fees Competition Tribunal Decision Federal Business Development Services The federal government has numerous initiatives to assist private entrepreneurs with the development of their businesses Charities and nonprofits who engage in the sale of goods and services can also benefit from these programs Unfortunately for a variety of reasons many of these programs remain closed to charities and nonprofits Over the last several years Imagine Canada has been working to improve charities access to these programs Recently Imagine Canada helped to ensure that the content of a new webpage created by the Canada Business Network meets the specific needs of charities and nonprofits engaging in earned income and social enterprise In Budget 2014 the federal government expanded eligibility to Mitacs programs to not for profit organizations with an economic orientation This was our main pre budget recommendation for the 2014 budget Through their suite of programs Mitacs matches highly skilled graduate and post graduate students with organizations that have specific research needs Access to Mitacs is a significant win for the sector as it sets a precedent for the federal government to expand access for the sector to other business support programs Work to identify relevant programs that could be opened to charities and nonprofits is still ongoing We would encourage you to email us at publicpolicy imaginecanada ca if you have information to share Further Reading Imagine Canada s 2013 Pre Budget Brief Canada Business Network Start and grow a social enterprise Social Enterprise Access to Small and Medium Enterprise Services March 2011 pdf Hybrid Structures Hybrid structures are new legal forms with both profit making and non profit goals and are intended to facilitate the growth of social enterprises and impact investing Charities have a vested interest in the creation of a distinct hybrid entity to the extent that the new entity both complements and supports the good work that charities do A new hybrid

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/our-programs/public-policy/issues (2014-10-22)
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  • Get on the map! | Imagine Canada
    MP s have been contacted Let us know if you ve contacted your MP so that we can recognize your efforts Please note we review each submission individually so it may take some time for your entry to go live Your charity s name Your charity s postal code Your Email for the purposes of your entry The name of the MP you contacted How did you contact your MP

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/webform/get-map (2014-10-22)
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