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Canadians need charity evaluations – CharityIntelligence.ca to the rescue? by sylvng

One of the most popular posts on this blog is the one about how Canada needs a version of CharityNavigator (or another equivalent site such as GuideStar, SamaritanGuide, CharityWatch, etc. that remains US-centric).  I see this as proof that other Canadians are also feeling my pain about lack of easily accessible information on charities, even if the information is basic and can’t be expected to give you a full picture of what’s going on.

According to GuideStar, roughly 43% of US non-profits post their annual reports online. Given the similarity in our markets I would hazard a guess that the Canadian metric is about the same, which means it’s very unlikely that a Canadian donor would chance upon efficiency or other information without making a dedicated effort to find out. Then there’s lovely newspaper articles blaming the federal government for not protecting donors from fraudulent charities – no wonder my mother-in-law is paranoid about opening her wallet!

So it was with renewed vigor that I scoured the net yesterday for a site for something – anything – that has Canadian charity reviews / ratings / efficiency information. And I did actually find something that I haven’t found before – Charity Intelligence.  Unlike the US sites it doesn’t have a massive database of charity evaluations, but it does do  in-depth research that digs in way more than just the financials. They publish a list of recommended charities to donate to, in the three categories of social service, healthcare, and education. You can pull out full PDF reports on recommended charities, something you can’t really find on any of the US sites. It’d be awesome to see Charity Intelligence scale its operations further – I for one would love it.

Makes me think that Charity CHAMPS should put together some info on Canadian charities – we’ve already done a good deal of research. For the Canadians out there – let me know what you might find helpful.

And to the US charity rating sites out there – please considering opening up to Canadians!

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Finally, some common sense happening. Asking questions of charities who come calling – “how much cash do you have?” and “can I see your audited financial statements” would send a STRONG message with all kinds of good – no – WONDERFUL effects. Like getting a few fannies up and working and putting the chase on fraud artists and investment councillors and – lemme see – all kinds of weirdos. It’s really important to think in EVERY direction about charity and ALL kinds of purchases as INVESTMENTS. I’m presently trying to encourage a low income housing initiative in the South Slocan. I’m considered nutzenheimer because our Association (Slocan Valley Seniors Housing Society) has NO funds available at all. I keep saying “that’s the very best position we could be in” but I’m afraid no one agrees with me. Maybe YOU have a suggestion!!! we’re not inclined to put another mortgage on our 10 unit building – it’s our home, things like that make everyone nervous. But there’s nothing like poverty to keep one’s donations to charity VERY small.

Now I see that Say It! button, I’m SCARED. Oh, well. Here I go.

Comment by Mela Rosas

publish a list of charities who pay most of their donations they get to marketing people. Overhead should never be more than 15%.
W.Veldboom Chatham ON.

Comment by w.Veldboom

YES, YES and YES!! We need a free inernet sight that we can go to to find out how much $ is raised, where it goes,how much to admin; what the CEO and other top folks make (ex; Board members), etc….

Comment by Miki

For information about all charities in Canada try this site:

donate2charities.ca

Patrice.

Comment by Patrice

An article in the Toronto Star tells about Craig Copeland. I would like to see a list of all the charities he[‘s eveer been involved with.

Also in the Star article were the following names: Gbriel Itele, Xentel DM, Jill McKinney, and Lifesblood Inc. I’ like to know all of the charieies that have anything to eo with any of the above.

Comment by John H. Yates

It’s great there is a research study on Canadian charities. With numerous nonprofit organizations to consider, a recommended list surely helps. On the other hand, personal references also work as a great source of finding credible charity organizations in Canada. A research study can surely provide you with a reliable list, but a personal reference can provide you with a credible experience!

Comment by George Haligua




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