Why haven’t any Harper-friendly charities been scrutinized: Keenan

It turns out charities in Canada — at least the ones the government doesn’t like — are forbidden from “exercising moral pressure.” As if that isn’t the entire point of charitable enterprises. The absence of the profit motive and of self-interest in those involved in such an organization virtually defines a charity. Without those two things, what’s left is the pressure of morality compelling people to do the right thing.

But that’s illegal for a charity, it turns out.

This news comes to us courtesy of the Canada Revenue Agency, acting on a $13-million mandate from Stephen Harper’s Conservative government to take a close look at charities the government thinks are engaged in “excessive political advocacy.” This crackdown on politicized goodwill most recently busted the do-gooders at Dying with Dignity, who have been wielding contraband moral pressure in the service of their mission to provide information about patient rights, planning for end-of-life-care and the case for physician-assisted suicide. The auditors determined that its sins included “swaying public opinion, promoting an attitude of mind, creating a climate of public opinion” in addition to the already mentioned moral pressure tactics.

Now, to be clear, these charitable advocacy activities are only verboten if they might drive or prevent legislative change. The logic seems to be that tax breaks shouldn’t be used for any activities that might influence legislation. Except, of course, the tens of millions of dollars in tax exemptions and direct subsidies we give to political parties whose direct and immediate goal is to drive or prevent legislative change. Harper has actually been an innovator in this arena, in as much as, through “Canada’s Economic Action Plan,” he has abandoned mere tax breaks and the hassles of soliciting donations to spend millions of government dollars directly on advocacy to sway public opinion and drive legislative change.

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'Tab For A Cause' App Donates To Charity With Every New Web Browser Tab Opened

I haven’t officially made a post about this until now but over the past few weeks I have been reblogging a few posts about an amazing browser extension called, Tab for a Cause. Tab for a Cause gives you ‘hearts’ for every tab you open on your browser, these hearts can then be donated to numerous charities of your choice! Not only that, Tab for a Cause also gives you this kickass customizable platform as your browser’s home screen. You can add and customize widgets, change your background, and do a few other things all while helping people!

Where is the money coming from you may ask? Well as you’ll notice there are a couple banner advertisements in the corner each time you open a New Tab. They get paid for these advertisements, and then give all the profits to charities that partner with them. I seriously recommend you guys check out and install this amazing extension because its allowed me to raise money for numerous charities of my choice and help people simply by referring new friends and opening tabs. Its a wonderful opportunity to help people and it doesn’t take much effort! :~)

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Hello everyone! My name is Macleod and I am CEO and cofounder of CharityDrops.org!

CharityDrops is an online service that let’s you easily donate to multiple charities all at the same time, every month, painlessly.

CharityDrops allows you to donate to bundles or ‘drops’ of charities, meaning each bundle has five charities inside of it, when you select a bundle it means the total amount of money you choose to donate (as low as $5!) will automatically be split and donated directly to each of the organisations every single month.

Learn more at https://charitydrops.org/ and get ready to help change the world.

If you want to stay up to date, be sure to follow charitydrops on tumblr. @CharityDrops on twitter, and like us on facebook!

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ShoeDazzle Cares

For this week’s Give Back Tuesday, treat your wardrobe to something stylish while giving back to a great cause! I’ve teamed up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and ShoeDazzle on a wonderful program called #ShoeDazzleCares.

Last year while visiting St. Jude, I met Bailey - one of the strongest, bravest, sweetest girls I’ve ever come across! We sent Bailey one of my favorite Fall shoes from ShoeDazzle so that she could add her own personal touch to them. I’m so impressed with her artwork! I was able to share her masterpiece with everyone at the recent #ShoeDazzleCares luncheon. Bailey’s work was a hit!

Get your hands on a pair of these fall boots and style them to your liking. They’re so comfy and easy to wear with anything. Dress them down for a daytime look or dress them up for a night on the town. As a special bonus, ShoeDazzle is giving out a discount code when they reach 100 re-grams on Instagram. Click here to re-gram the pic and be sure to use the hashtag #ShoeDazzleCares.

All month long, these boots will be raising funds and awareness for St. Jude. ShoeDazzle will be making a donation so that kids like Bailey receive the treatment and care they need!

SHOP THE SHOE:



[Photo Credit: ShoeDazzle]

Christmas Charities

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots is an organization dedicated to making sure underprivileged children still have a great Christmas.  New, unwrapped toys are donated from October until Christmas and then distributed in different communities across the country to less fortunate children, so that they have a present to open on Christmas day.

Donate money here.  
Donate toys or volunteer locally here.  
Request a toy here.

Angel Tree

Angel Tree is a Christian organization that helps give gifts and spread the word of God to children with incarcerated parents.

Register your church here.
Register your group here.
Donate to the program here.
Get involved.

Toybox UK

This program supports homeless children through their Best Friend program, which donates money to activities designed to help get children off the streets.

Make a one off donation or donate regularly here.
Learn how to fundraise here.
Support the child ambassador program.
Join the best friend program.

My Two Front Teeth

From their website:
"MyTwoFrontTeeth.org’s vision is to reduce the pain of poverty and help strengthen the bonds of society by bringing simplicity, efficiency, and personalization to the charitable gift-giving process, encouraging everyone to experience the incredible power and joy of giving."

Hang a poster.
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ind a child to donate to here.

real talk for a bit my friends. most of you don’t know this but I am a victim of child abuse. the details are irrelevant but this post is about power to those who had none. if you are reading this and have fallen victim to this I want you to know how proud I am of you right now wow look at this you are here right now, everything that has happened to you is not your fault or your doing by any means and its been said so many times before but to emphasis IT IS NOT YOUR DOING OR FAULT WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO YOU you did not deserve it  BUT YOU MADE IT THROUGH. 

power

noun

  • the ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality.

the strength we have inside all of us is immense. somebody abused their power when we were small(or in some cases are still) and in turn we suffered, we had no choice but to endure and we survived, you survived, i survived. now is the time you can take control of those weights that have been strapped to you, we have the POWER to take control of our happiness, our health, our hearts. together we can heal, we may spend the rest of our lives healing but its better than hurting and listen to me. everybody is healing form something, everyday, we are all trying to better ourselves given our circumstances on earth.

I believe in each and every one of you, it was unfair what has been done to me, or you, and everyone else who has been abused by someone we trusted or didnt. the scars are deep and not just physical but know you are not alone. I am rooting for you in your journey.

together we can heal

here are some links to some charities for information + donations

UNICEF

ChildHelp

MercyHome

JoyfulHeart

love yourself, you deserve the world, you deserve to make the world your own and thrive, to be everything you can be. i believe in you and I am here.

my ask box is always open for anyone who needs to talk.

you are a flower and you will bloom!

thank you for your time

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Wait a minute Canada...

Since we’re nearing Halloween, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight something that’s been giving me a real scare over the last few months: “political activity audits” carried out by our very own Canada Revenue Agency and directed at Canadian charities thought to be spending more than 10% of their budgets on “political activities.” These are scary for several reasons.

First, “political activity audits” appear to be an invention of our current government (stemming from the 2012 federal budget), rather than something akin to your run of the mill performance or financial audit of a government agency, publicly-funded initiative meant to ensure the appropriate or, say, simply non-fraudulant use of public funds.

Second, because the idea of what constitutes “political” is highly subjective and is really up to the person (anyone, including MPs) who submits a complaint to the CRA about any charity they believe to be a little too “political” for their liking.

Third, because according to numerous reports (even in the National Post), the vast majority (if not all) of charities reporting that they have been subject to such an audit just happen to be either centrist or left-leaning and have at some point criticized government policy, while Canada’s well-known right-leaning think tanks and charities are either not commenting or noting that they haven’t yet been audited.

Fourth, because when reasonable people connect the dots, it is hard not to see the hand of a certain office at play in encouraging the CRA to take such a hard line against your friendly neighbourhood bird watching group or environmental organization that dared let out a peep of concern about current government policy (true stories).

Fifth, because the raison d’être of a charity is to promote a specific cause, and if they can’t say anything in public in support of that cause without risking the loss of their status, that’s bad.  

And finally, because these government-backed pressure tactics are the same types of anti-democratic measures that many Canadians are working to minimize through Government of Canada-backed aid projects overseas in countries with human rights records that most would consider abysmal.  

Scared yet?

- Thoughts and words by P. U., Ottawa

March of Dimes

This Tuesday I’d like to bring some much-deserved awareness to March of Dimes, an organization that helps moms have safe, healthy, full-term pregnancies. They provide support to families when something goes wrong, and also research the problems that threaten the health of babies.


Get involved and learn more about March of the Dimes and the amazing work they do! Head over to www.marchofdimes.org to see how you can become a part of this important cause.

Signal Boost!

A local rescue in my city is looking to raise donations so they can spay and neuter 11 dogs which will soon be re-homed off a farm, where the owner is overwhelmed due to poor health and limited funds.  They’ve already rescued a 15 dogs from the property, including Scout, who was born without front legs.

The 11 dogs will eventually be removed from the property, but in the meantime, they want to be able to spay/neuter them so no more puppies are born.  If you’ve got even a couple of bucks you’re willing to spare, please visit their Canada Helps page. (You can also donate to one of the five rescues involved directly, by following the links on that page.)

Buy a great book! Half your money goes to various charities!

I don’t usually make posts like this but I’ve been thinking about people who are homeless and having a tough time in life whether it’s from disease or losing their jobs and I want to help. 

My mom loves to write books and 3 have been published though they aren’t very well known. She gives 50% of the sales to 3 different charities. 

The first book is Who Got Liz Gardner

You can purchase it here and read more about it .

The charity it donates to is local homeless shelters. If we get 1,000+ dowloads off kindle or paperback purchases we can expand the charity nationally. 

The next book is the sequel to the previous and it’s called Discovering Arugula 

Click here to purchase and read more about it. The charity it donates to is women’s cancer research. Mainly ovarian and breast as my mother lost both her sister and mother to those. 

The last book is Ima Pigg 

*this isn’t a children’s book

Click here to purchase and read more. This book is completely unrelated to the first two and dystopian/sci-fi. The charity it donates to is animal rights such as the ASPCA and local humane animal shelters. 

My mother and I would be really grateful if you considered picking up one of these books as enjoyment or even a gift. It would really help us out as well as these causes. Please let your friends and family know!! Thank you!

Some Great Charities

Don’t forget…October is the month for multiple awarenesses.

Here are some great charities to consider.*

AIDS: http://www.aidsunited.org/Engage/Donate.aspx

Spina Bifida: 

https://www.kintera.org/site/c.evKRI7OXIoJ8H/b.8272137/k.5C7C/Make_a_General_Donation/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp?c=evKRI7OXIoJ8H&b=8272137&en=dmJPK6NPIcIYIgMSKbKVKcN2IwK2J9OULmJ7IgMRIgK2KoM9IAJ

Down Syndrome: http://www.ndss.org/Ways-to-Give/Ways-to-Donate/Donate/ 

Celiac Disease: https://cdf.thankyou4caring.org/

Selective Mutism: http://www.selectivemutism.org/ways-to-give/general-fund-donation

Breast Cancer: https://give.bcrfcure.org/checkout/donation?eid=31404

Rett Syndrome: http://www.rettsyndrome.org/make-a-difference/donate-now 

Lupus: http://www.lupus.org/action/join-the-fight

Domestic Violence: http://www.ncadv.org/donate.php

*Please note that I am not affiliated with any of these charities nor can I guarantee that your donation will be safe and secure. As always, use caution when putting in any payment information online. 

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Wendy Walk

This week’s Give Back Tuesday is all about the Wendy Walk. Wendy was a brave mother who battled Liposarcoma, a very rare cancer. She started an organization called Wendy Walk with her 3 children to raise funds and awareness for the disease. Their walk events have raised over $2 million to help fund the Liposarcoma research team. Wendy passed away in 2013 and the organization has continued in her legacy. Join the family today and help support this beautiful organization in honor of Wendy.

Spoke up at work today

We were discussing doing some kind of HR charity something for the holidays and someone mentioned Salvation Army. I was super nervous but paused, then spoke up and said “I’m really not ok with us doing anything with them actually.” Several people gave me surprised looks. David, who had been tapping away at his laptop off to the side, looked up and said “yeah, me neither.”

Fun fact: the department has only two out queers. Me and David.

But Donna wanted to know why, so I explained their gross homophobia and transmisogyny, including the woman they refused shelter to who froze to death on the sidewalk in front of their shelter. Everyone looked shocked, and it was quickly agreed that we would not be working with them now or ever.

So, happy ending. Was still scary though - I’m not entirely comfortable speaking up in meetings anyway, and especially to be the possibly sole NO vote, and once I’d committed to speaking up I was committed to ensuring it did not happen no matter what kind of shitfit I had to throw if necessary…yeah, it was unnerving, but I’m glad I said something and it turned out well.

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The Challenged Athletes Foundation

For this week’s Give Back Tuesday, I wanted to highlight the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). CAF’s mission is, “to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.” How amazing is that?!

If you’re in Southern California this weekend, be sure to attend CAF’s annual San Diego Triathlon Challenge in La Jolla, CA. Come watch and support these athletes! Details below…


San Diego Triathlon Challenge
When: Sunday, 10/19/2014
Location:  La Jolla Cove
Info: Join 200 challenged athletes, 550 able-bodied athletes, celebrities and pros as they complete a 1 mile ocean swim, 44 mile bike and 10 mile run on one of the most breathtaking courses in the country.

If you want to be a part of the organization or would love to help in anyway, you can donate here. Xo