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Highlights from the Newswire

The newswire service offers a daily to semi-weekly digest of news pertaining to the charitable and nonprofit sector in Canada. Here are some interesting articles from the past week:

Canadian Charity Leaders Lead The Industry With Professional Development Opportunities
PwC - February 4, 2014

Charity Doesn’t Always Begin at Home: Student Philanthropy Experience Path to Future Giving
Huffington Post - February 1, 2014

10 years’ time: charity communications and marketing in 2024 (UK)
The Guardian - January 31, 2014

Board Chairs
Nonprofit Quarterly - January 31, 2014

Speaking Up: Increasing transparency in hiring in the nonprofit sector
CharityVillage - January 29, 2014

Nonprofit Accountability: Up, Down, and Sideways
Nonprofit Quarterly - January 29, 2014
 



Sector Happenings
A selection of sector related events.

Charity Law Update - January 2014  
Updating Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations.
Read more.

Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Seminar
February 13, 2014 - Ottawa
The Ottawa Region Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Seminar is designed to assist churches and charities in understanding developing trends in the law in order to reduce unnecessary exposure to legal liability. The seminar will have a number of expert guest speakers, including Cathy Hawara, Director General of the Charities Directorate of Canada Revenue Agency. Read more.

February 4, 2014

Chief Economist Commentary
Canada’s Evolution and the Charitable Sector as its Steward

In Reading for My Life, an excellent collection of essays, the late literature and television critic John Leonard takes time out from exhaustingly insightful reviews of novels and television to address then-newly-elected President Clinton on the role of the arts (and by implications all charities and nonprofits) in society. Paraphrasing slightly:

“A vigorous nation invests in the arts [and charities and nonprofits] not because it’s cost-efficient (a sort of seeding for a gross national product…), but because that’s how we dream our Republic.”

Read more.
 

Federal Budget
 
The 2014 federal budget will be presented on February 11. Imagine Canada’s recommendations were presented in a brief to the Commons Finance Committee, and reiterated in a recent letter to the Finance Minister.
 
We do not anticipate any significant new investments in this year’s budget, and we are looking towards the 2015 budget for any progress on major issues like the Stretch Tax Credit. Nonetheless, we will carefully scrutinize the budget and provide a summary of any cross-cutting developments affecting charities and nonprofits. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Public Policy team.
 

Your Standards Program Application Made it to Peer Review! Congratulations. You’re in good hands.

I sat in to observe what happens during a meeting of a Standards Program’s Peer Review Panel. It was a fascinating look at the program’s behind-the-scenes decision making process. 

The Peer Review Panel meeting is one of the final steps in the accreditation process. Peer Review Panels are responsible for making decisions on the status of each application presented to them. Read more.
 

Tomorrow! An Integrated Framework for Earned Income & Social Enterprise
Wednesday February 5th, 1:00 – 2:00 EST - Strengthening Organizations Webinar Series

What should you keep in mind when engaging in earned income activities and social enterprise? This webinar features key findings from the Earned Income-Generating Activities Among Canadian Charities report, and our public policy work. Presented by Imagine Canada’s own Brittany Fritsch, Michelle Gauthier, and David Lasby, author of the report.

Learn more and register.
 

Next Charity Tax Tools Webinar: February 25, 2014
Navigating Canada’s new anti-spam laws for charities and non-profit organizations. 

New “Anti-spam Legislation” coming into effect July 1, 2014 will create a regulatory scheme for spam and related unsolicited electronic messages. Charities and non-profit organizations must know the rules and exemptions and ensure that they are compliant, where applicable. The following topics will be covered:
  • What electronic messages does the Legislation apply to?
  • What are the consequences for non-compliance?
  • What exemptions are available to charities and non-profit organizations?
  • How should charities and non-profit organizations prepare?
This webinar will be lead by Ryan M. Prendergast, Associate, Carters Professional Corporation. Carters is a Participating Sponsor of Charity Tax Tools. This support makes all Charity Tax Tools webinars accessible and free for all participants.

Register today!

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