Tentative ‘celebration’ after key amendments passed on non-qualified donees

Why It Matters

For three weeks, charity and non-profit advocates have pushed MPs to pass amendments to legislation they say would make it harder for charities to fund non-qualified donees. Monday’s finance committee meeting was the moment to see whether their advocacy had paid off.

Inside the rapidly organized ‘Hill Day’ for a legislative amendment on non-qualified donees

Why It Matters

As soon as this week, the government could pass legislation that, sector advocates say, would make it harder for charities and foundations to fund non-profits, grassroots groups and international charities — directly contravening a promise made in the federal budget.

Government of Canada proposes a ‘shocking and incomprehensible’ change on funding non-qualified donees

Why It Matters

For years, charities, non-profits, foundations and grassroots groups have called for an easier way for charities to work with “non-qualified donees” — organizations without charitable status. That seemed on the horizon with the steady progress on a senate bill, until now.

Inside MacKenzie Scott's recent $18.9 million donation to MakeWay – the largest in its history

Why It Matters

MacKenzie Scott, one of the most high-profile trust-based philanthropists in the world, is setting an example to Canadian donors and grantmakers on how to distribute billions of dollars in wealth to changemakers — no strings attached.

“I felt the power, I felt the fire”: Empowering newcomers to the Peel Region through participatory grantmaking

Why It Matters

Many funders are interested in moving away from the traditional grantmaking models — which have been criticized as rigid, opaque and disconnected from lived experience. Community organizations say there’s value in building a flexible system — one that can change and transform based on what a community needs at any given moment.

More than a quarter of Canadians may soon rely on charities for basic needs, report says

Why It Matters

Around 40 percent of Canadian charities reported a drop in revenue over the past six months – and that was before the Omicron wave. Thanks to this predicted rise in demand and continued drop in donations, charities may fold as they are needed the most.