How much should a foundation give to charities each year?
The question is both deceptively simple and deeply fundamental. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a looming economic recession, and ongoing injustice in racialized communities across Canada, there is an unprecedented need for charitable dollars. And Kris Archie, executive director of The Circle of Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, says foundations should open their cheque books even wider.
“Communities – they know what they need,” she told Future of Good’s May panel on giving during the pandemic. “It becomes very simple during a moment like this for philanthropic organizations to realize that they write their own rules” and can up their spending according to currently dire community needs.
Long before COVID-19, Canadian foundations were required by law to give far more than 3.
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