Thursday, April 17, 2014

Canada Revenue Agency expands investigations of tax shelters | Toronto Star

Canada Revenue Agency expands investigations of tax shelters | Toronto Star: As many as 12 charity tax shelter promoters are under criminal investigation in a widening probe of schemes that saw donors contribute h

Nova Scotia government reviewing how non-profit groups are funded - News - Prince George Citizen

Nova Scotia government reviewing how non-profit groups are funded - News - Prince George Citizen: HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's community services minister says her department is conducting a review of discretionary funding for non-profit organizations.

Joanne Bernard says she wants to ensure taxpayers and the people served by the various organizations are getting the best service possible.

Global Digital Fundraising - a world of opportunity | nfpSynergy

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Free ReportApril 2014

Global communication has created possibilities and connections, but also some problems. It has, however, opened up new opportunities for non-profits everywhere to engage with their communities and key audiences. We know digital fundraising is an area for growth, but what does this mean for non-profits in different environments? What are they doing in very diverse cultures and developmental stages? Is this an area they should be investing in?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Axing charities regulator to cost ACT not for profits as much as $2m

Axing charities regulator to cost ACT not for profits as much as $2m: Moves by the Abbott government to axe the newly created independent regulator of Australian charities could cost non-profit organisations in the ACT as much as $2 million each year.

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr and federal MP for Fraser Andrew Leigh will renew calls for the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission to be retained on Wednesday, after government estimates showed how much funding could be saved for non-profit organisations.

Radio Prague - Czechs increasingly charitable despite economic woes

Radio Prague - Czechs increasingly charitable despite economic woes: Over the past two decades, philanthropy has become an important part of Czech society, with many people being increasing generous in giving to charity. Radio Prague looks at how the gloomy economic climate affected Czech philanthropy in the past year, and how the donor culture has developed.

Indians big donors, but only during tax-saving months - The Economic Times

Indians big donors, but only during tax-saving months - The Economic Times: According to NGOs, with growing awareness about tax benefits on donations, collections have risen significantly this year during the tax-saving months as compared to the previous years. GiveIndia's 'India tax saving challenge', a fundraiser that encourages NGOs to tap donors looking to make that final contribution, saw a 30% increase in donations during January to March in 2014 as compared to the same period last year. Also, this year's tax-saving months saw a 110% increase in donors as compared to the preceding non-tax saving months (October-December 2013).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

China’s future: Enter the Chinese NGO | The Economist

China’s future: Enter the Chinese NGO | The Economist: Enter the Chinese NGO. A vast array of new non-governmental organisations are trying to meet both middle-class aspirations to participate and also society’s need for services (see article). Some 500,000 NGOs have registered over the past 25 years, a figure that some think will double over the next couple of years, as rules are relaxed. Many of these, admittedly, are quasi-state bodies, like an official youth foundation, or businesses in disguise, like private schools, but a growing number are the real deal. And a further 1.5m-odd NGOs operate without being registered, including some that the party suspects of being too independent or confrontational. They include everything from self-help groups for the parents of autistic children to outfits defending the rights of migrant workers to house-church groups looking after the elderly.

Sector 'extraordinarily disconnected' from public, CFG chair says

Sector 'extraordinarily disconnected' from public, CFG chair says: Charities are becoming “extraordinarily disconnected” from donors and supporters who do not understand the work they do, Ian Theodoreson, chair of the Charity Finance Group and chief financial officer of the Church of England, said last week.

He said this is partly because charities have deliberately misled the public about their work in order to raise more in donations.

Monday, April 14, 2014

‘Super-rich’ Africans boosting philanthropic giving across continent - Blue and Green Tomorrow

‘Super-rich’ Africans boosting philanthropic giving across continent - Blue and Green Tomorrow: The emergence of ‘super-rich’ Africans has been met with the development of western-style philanthropy, a new report has found.

The study, from the African Grantmakers Network (AGN), said that urbanisation across the continent and a corrosion of traditional norms and values were part of the reason that wealthy Africans were donating more money to social causes.

Third annual 24-Hour Charity Challenge hockey game benefits Edmonton-based Matt Cook Foundation | Edmonton | News | Edmonton Sun

Third annual 24-Hour Charity Challenge hockey game benefits Edmonton-based Matt Cook Foundation | Edmonton | News | Edmonton Sun: The third annual 24-Hour Charity Challenge hockey game — in benefit of the Matt Cook Foundation — faced off Friday at the Canadian Athletic Club (CAC) Arena and wrapped up on Saturday.

2014 will be year of growth for charity sector, NCVO forecast suggests

2014 will be year of growth for charity sector, NCVO forecast suggests: Forty-one per cent of charity leaders expect the situation to improve for their organisation in the next 12 months, compared to 25 per cent who expect it to worsen, according to data collected by NCVO.

And 49 per cent of all charity leaders expect to increase spending in the next 12 months, compared to 19 per cent which expect to decrease spending.

Nicky Morgan keeps charity tax brief following reshuffle

Nicky Morgan keeps charity tax brief following reshuffle: Nicky Morgan, the new Financial Secretary to the Treasury, is to keep responsibility for charity taxation following a Cabinet reshuffle.

Alex Swallow resigns from Small Charities Coalition

Alex Swallow resigns from Small Charities Coalition

Friday, April 11, 2014

New Report: Charity and Philanthropy in Russia, China, India and Brazil | Philanthropy In Focus

New Report: Charity and Philanthropy in Russia, China, India and Brazil | Philanthropy In Focus: One of the most significant international developments since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 has been the growing economic power of the so-called BRICs — Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Dismissed in the 1970s by many as economic basket cases, the four countries, which account for over a quarter of the globe’s land mass and more than 40 percent of its population, have, in the quarter-century since that momentous event, opened their economies to the world and emerged as dominant global suppliers of manufactured goods and services (China and India), and raw materials (Brazil and Russia).

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Charity News: CHARITY SURVEY: Optimism & transparency - UK charities embracing greater transparency in response to increased media scrutiny...

Charity News: CHARITY SURVEY: Optimism & transparency - UK charities embracing greater transparency in response to increased media scrutiny...: The report released today by PwC, Charity Finance Group (CFG) and the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) reveals 9 out of 10 charity sector respondents felt that the charity sector had been subject to more scrutiny and media interest.

As a result, 49 per cent of charities said that they had taken steps to enhance levels of transparency and disclosure of financial information during the last year...

Charity to host sponsored abseil from Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage | News | NME.COM

Charity to host sponsored abseil from Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage | News | NME.COM: Glastonbury festival’s Pyramid Stage will host a charity abseiling event in aid of Somerset's SOS Africa Charity this September (20/21).

Over the course of the two-day fundraising event, teams of six will ascend the Pyramid and then free-fall abseil from its roof.

Charity Commission's financial situation is 'unsustainable', chair says | Third Sector

Charity Commission's financial situation is 'unsustainable', chair says | Third Sector: The chair of the Charity Commission has described the regulator’s financial situation as "simply unsustainable" in its response to the damning Public Accounts Committee report published in February.

William Shawcross, chair of the commission, said in a statement issued alongside the commission’s formal response to the PAC today: "If we are to fulfil all the expectations placed on us while at the same time increasing our serious case work, we must be adequately funded. Our current funding position is simply unsustainable."
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Using video scribing to talk about workplace giving � Guy Downes

Using video scribing to talk about workplace giving � Guy Downes: June 2014 is Workplace Giving month in Australia. I recently worked with The Australian Charities Fund to create a video scribe animation outlining the steps on how to set up a Workplace Giving program in Australian businesses.

Wildlife charity set to pop-up in Swan Walk - West Sussex County Times

Wildlife charity set to pop-up in Swan Walk - West Sussex County Times: Elephants, lions and hedgehogs will be popping-up in Swan Walk on Friday April 11 and and Saturday April 12 when a wildlife charity takes over a shop for two days.

Horsham charity Care for the Wild, based in Brighton Road, will be taking over a pop-up shop opposite Marks and Spencer, and promise something a little different for the shopping centre.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Toronto Community Foundation | FoodShare receives a $30,000 grant from KPMG



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Toronto Community Foundation | FoodShare receives a $30,000 grant from KPMG through a private-philanthropic partnership with the Toronto Community Foundation built on the pillars of volunteerism and community leadership: FoodShare is the recipient of a Toronto Community Foundation Vital Ideas grant, provided by KPMG, through a strategic collaboration called Vital Impact: Vital Toronto. With a vision of "Good Healthy Food For All", FoodShare will use the $30,000 grant to document, scale up, and share its School Grown Social Enterprise model, a comprehensive schoolyard farming project that uses proceeds from its business operations to increase food literacy education programming throughout the city. The Vital Ideas grant program provides grants for strategic activities beyond direct programming.

Students 'voluntour' over spring break - Montana Kaimin: News

Students 'voluntour' over spring break - Montana Kaimin: News: oluntourism, or volunteer vacations, swept 13 students to serve the Vancouver, B.C. community.

Kate Christianson, a freshman at the University of Montana who went on the trip, said they served free chips, ice tea and 900 sandwiches in east Vancouver’s weekly trade market. But their main project was to build eight raised garden beds for the Surrey Urban Mission.

Canada Revenue AgencyAs a preventative measure, the CRA has temporarily shut down public access to our online service

Canada Revenue Agencyg. As a preventative measure, the CRA has temporarily shut down public access to our online service

Need for food banks is caused by welfare cuts, research shows | Society | The Guardian

Need for food banks is caused by welfare cuts, research shows | Society | The Guardian: The government's welfare reforms, including benefit sanctions and the bedroom tax, are a central factor in the explosion in the numbers of impoverished people turning to charity food banks, an academic study has said.

United Way suffers from competition for donation dollars

United Way suffers from competition for donation dollars: Increased competition for charity dollars, a decrease in corporate donations and an increasing trend toward online giving to specific causes have resulted in a drop in donations to the United Way of the Lower Mainland, says the organization’s CEO and president Michael McKnight.