March 15, 2019

Christchurch mosque mass shooting:  How to help the victims and families affected through New Zealand's givealittle crowd funding platform.  

January 2019

Beth Oloth:  A charity few have ever heard of, yet one of Canada's largest with $59.4 million in donations, revoked by Charities Directorate. A case study for donors.   

December 28, 2018

Indonesian tsunami disaster response: Different this time; donors should respond intelligently and respect the Indonesian government's request for support for its local charities. 

November 9, 2018

Zero Reasons Not to Measure Impact: The charitable sector does not need any more reasons NOT to measure impact, yet a Stanford Social Innovation Review article lists 10!

October 23, 2018

Giving to Pro Sports Teams: Be a fan, cheer for your favourite team. Yet be careful not to confuse supporting your team with donating to your sport team's charity. 

August 3, 2018

Sorry, David: Reply to David Common on why audited financial statements are essential. A case study of Canadian Red Cross spending in Fort McMurray Year 2. 

July 11, 2018

Teaching elephants to dance: Canadian Cancer Society cuts $67 million in costs following merger with Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.  

June 21, 2018

Texas migrant rights: Recommending Texas Civil Rights and Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley to support children and families separated in migrant detention centres.

June 12, 2018

To be seen, not heard: A donor's court case for financial transparency into how a charity spent the donation fails. Lessons for Canadian donors. 

May 25, 2018

Abusing Donor Intent: An overview of what donors making restricted gifts need to look out for. 

May 2, 2018

Fort McMurray: 2 Years Later: Donor update on Canadian Red Cross disaster response

April 25, 2018

Nepal Earthquake: 3 Years After: A review and assessment for Canadian donors of 10 charities work in Nepal's disaster response

December 18, 2017

One Donor's Personal Giving Story: Doctors Without Borders: Lean, Focused and Effective.

December, 2017

Last Minute Donors: Help Fort Mac local charities

November 29, 2017

Don't Fall for the Illusion of Matching Gifts: The idea of "doubling your impact with a matching gift" is just mumbo-jumbo!

September 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma - Caribbean disaster relief: How Canadians can help those affected by Hurricane Irma.  

August 31, 2017

Hurricane Harvey - Texas flood response: How Canadians can help victims of Hurricane Harvey. US charity research picks of charities to support.  

July 15, 2017

Fort McMurray Update: Track that donations are being spent quickly and effectively.

July 11, 2017

BC Wildfire Disaster: Over the weekend, the wind shifted, doubling the number of BC wildfire evacuees to 36,600. Our list of charities to support.  

July 5, 2017

Less is More: Colorectal Cancer Canada is born with the merger to be one voice. Hopefully louder too. This is one of the best potential areas for Canadian donors to reduce cancer deaths, if screening rates increase. 

May 4, 2017 

Not so fast: Fort McMurray 1 Year Update Canadian Red Cross announced 1-year results on its Fort McMurray disaster response. It reports 75% of total funds received are "spent and committed". Looking into the financial numbers and deferred accounting rules, of this, it looks like 61% of total funds donated are actually spent.  

April 10, 2017 

Charity salaries: Tackling a hot donor issue, here is the data, findings and Charity Intelligence's opinion that charity salaries don't help in finding good charities to support.

March 8, 2017

Donor Survey Results: Charity Intelligence conducted a survey of our website visitors in November and December 2016 to better understand how Canadians are using the information we provide.

February 2, 2017 

Help the Families of the Quebec City Shooting: In the horrific aftermath of the Quebec City mosque shooting, Canadians want to know how to help.

January 5, 2017 

New Year's Update on 2016 from Charities Directorate: Quick recap of the Charities Directorate update. 

December 15, 2016

Canadian Giving hits all-time high, topping $8.8 billion: Statistic Canada release on charitable donations show Canadians gave $8.8 billion in tax-receipted donations -  the highest level ever and a 27% increase over the last 10 years. A different perspective on other reports. 

 December 13, 2016

Money Sense 2017 Charity Ratings: Run out and buy MoneySense December issue with charity ratings, it's a must read for donors interested in their giving. It's ratings spotlight the minefields of giving, with poor ratings for hospital foundations and health cause charities relative to internationals and front-line charities. Charity Intelligence key findings from these ratings, and a quick cost comparison of fundraising foundations for children's hospitals,  

November 2, 2016

Remembrance Poppy Fund: Charity Intelligence's peak into "Poppy Money" and if it helps Canadian veterans, or is even spent on Canadian veterans. There are at least 241 registered Canadian Legions receiving "Poppy Money" and doing many different programs.


October 28, 2016

Mega Cancer Charity Merger: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to merge with Canadian Cancer Society


October 18, 2016

Free the Children Becomes WE Charity

With WE Day going on across the country, donors are seeking information on just what this “WE” is.


October 13, 2016

Haiti Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief: Recommending Doctors Without Borders, World Vision, and Mennonite Central Committee.      

More than 24 charities are fundraising for Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. This report outlines what Haiti needs most, and recommends charities that act fast, have great track records, and can deliver the best impact. 


October 3, 2016

Buried in charity mailings? Feeling donor fatigue? Steps on taking back control of your giving.      

Is your mailbox full of charity mailings? Did you give to a charity in May and don't know why it keeps sending requests? Why do charities keep sending unwanted trinkets like stickers, cards to donors. Charity Intelligence's 3 steps to taking back control of your giving to fight off donor fatigue....  


August 9, 2016

World Vision Canada - facts and context for donors about recent allegations of financing Hamas terrorists.     

Recent news headlines have shaken World Vision Canada's donors with allegations that donations were diverted to fund Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Some quick facts: World Vision Canada doesn't have any sponsored communities in the Gaza, its 6 projects are in the West Bank. This isn't the first time Israel has accused charities - World Vision now joins the Red Cross/Red Crescent, Doctors Without Borders, Islamic Relief whose humanitarian aid to Palestinians caught up in the endless war ires Israel. Donors need to be informed before rushing to judgement about these serious allegations. 


July 29, 2016

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - 2 Year Update    

Did you know Canadians led the world in donating to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014 on a per pop basis? With $16.2 million in donations, plus $10 million in Government of Canada matching funds, ALS Canada is making the biggest grants ever to ALS medical research in Canada. ALS Canada "won the lottery" and is spending the money quickly with the goal of making ALS a treatable rather than terminal disease by 2024.


July 12, 2016

Fort McMurray - 2 Month Update    

The disaster phase is over. Fort McMurray now transitions to the relief and rebuilding phase. Charity Intelligence reports on the disaster phase:  45% of funding spent, Canadian Red Cross has $141 million to spend. This is Canadian donors largest response to a Canadian disaster and the fastest and most effective disaster response ever. Click to download Charity Intelligence's donor report (file size 159 kb)


July 7, 2016

Lac Megantic - 3 Year Update on Canadian Red Cross Spending   

A Charity Intelligence brief for donors on Canadian Red Cross 3 Year spending in Lac Megantic. In Year 3, Canadian Red Cross spends $554,500 on Lac Megantic's recovery - 4% of the $14.5 million donations received with $2.270 million in remaining funds. 


June 3, 2016

Fort McMurray Update - Fort McMurray local charities to receive $50 million from Canadian Red Cross  

Canadian Red Cross commits $50 million to Fort McMurray local charities including United Way Fort McMurray, Wood Buffalo Food Bank and YMCA. Charity Intelligence applauds this unprecedented collaboration and financial support. Update on $125 million raised and preliminary breakdown of Canadian Red Cross spending for the first month of disaster relief efforts. 


May 31, 2016

Fort McMurray Update - Transition from disaster to recovery  

Tomorrow residents begin returning to Fort McMurray. The Fort McMurray disaster relief and response is unprecedented. Canadians have donated $112 million, the Canadian Red Cross has and will be providing $75 million in direct cash payments. News updates from a few of Fort McMurray's local charities doing the heavy lifting as recovery begins.


May 13, 2016

Wisdom Gained - Lessons in Intelligent Giving from Slave Lake's disaster relief and recovery 

Today is the 5th anniversary of the Slave Lake fires. Wisdom Gained, compiled by the town of Slave Lake, has insights into what worked, what didn't, and intelligent giving tips to help Canadian communities recover after a disaster. Let's use Wisdom Gained's pointers to best help Fort McMurray's recovery. 


May 13, 2016

Canada Red Cross revised numbers for giving to local charities

Community grants report released


May 12, 2016

Is the Competition Bureau of Canada crossing a line?

Joke of the Day - Is the Competition Bureau recommending donations to the Red Cross only?


May 5, 2016

Fort McMurray Fires - Where to Give

Charity Intelligence is recommending donations to local charities in Edmonton and, for the rebuilding, local charities in Fort McMurray.


April 26, 2016 

Ecuador Earthquake - charities on the ground providing disaster relief


April 20, 2016 

RIP CharityFocus 2012-2016 

Imagine Canada's cancelling of CharityFocus willl be missed in improving charity transparency, accountability and impact reporting. 


November 30, 2015

The Opportunity in Impact

Measuring and reporting on impact represents a huge opportunity for the Canadian charitable sector.


September 17, 2015

Best ways to donate to help Syrian refugees 

Charity Intelligence's Top Picks for Canadians to help Syrian refugees through donations 


April 30, 2015

Nepal Earthquake Update

Charity Intelligence's Top Picks for Nepal Earthquake Disaster Relief


December 16, 2014

Charity Gift Catalogues.  So Much Choice...How to Pick

How should you decide whether to buy a goat, a cow, or 3 soccer balls?  Where is there proven impact for your donations?


December 10, 2014

The Facts Matter: Refuting the spam email Charity and Greed

Did you get that email stating only 5 cents of your donation goes to the cause at Unicef? That the CEO of Red Cross makes $651,957? You were right to be sceptical. Here are the facts on Canadian charities.


November 28, 2014

Moneysense ratings vs. Charity Intelligence ratings

Moneysense has released its 2015 Charity 100, rating Canada’s largest 100 charities. We applaud the fact that Moneysense is providing information to help Canadian donors.  However, we would like to point out a couple of key differences in methodology between the Moneysense grading system and the Charity Intelligence star ratings.


July 24, 2014

Potential medical benefits of Apirin

CBC ran an interesting story on Apirin's potential medical benefits in treating cancer and the lack of funding for a medical trial costing $10 million.  Since Aspirin is off-patent, removing potential for profits, big pharmaceutical companies are not funding this medical trial.  This story raises critical questions that shine the spotlight on cancer research charities.

February 10, 2014

Canada’s Environmental Charities Audited for Advocacy

According to several recent media reports, the Canada Revenue Agency has been auditing several Canadian environmental charities. The focus of these audits is apparently on advocacy activities.  To view Ci environmental analyst John Grandy's views, click here.


December 18, 2013

Top 10 Giving Countries

With the release of the Fraser Institute’s latest report showing that Canadians donated 0.64% of their combined income to charities in 2011 compared to 1.33% in the US, many Canadians are wondering why there is such a disparity.  Are Americans simply twice as generous as Canadians?  And how do Canadians compare with other countries? ... To read more

November 13, 2013

Philippines Relief - Giving Pointers

Super typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines leaving approximately 9 million people homeless and thousands dead. International disaster relief is a tricky situation. Prior experiences in giving to victims of the Haitian earthquake and the Asian tsunami have left many questions unanswered about where donors' money went and what help did it actually provide. This are good questions. Here are three pointers for donors to ask in looking to give to charities undertaking disaster relief: local history, expertise in international relief and track record. Here are our thoughts. And please ask charities to report back to you on how they spent donations and the results achieved for the people of the Philippines .... To read more


January 25, 2012

Charitable Clothing Donations

We’ve all been here: You scour through your closet only to realize a large number of your clothes are either dated or don’t fit. Weeding through, you end up with a pile full of shirts, sweaters and lightly used jeans you’d rather not throw in the garbage. So, you decide to throw them in a bag and drop them off in a clothing donation bin, feeling good aboutyourself that you’ve donated them to charity. Shockingly, more often than not, rather than helping a charity and clothing the poor, your clothes have just helped fuel a business that is making someone rich.

March 15, 2011

Japan - Disaster Relief Giving Tips

A 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck Japan north of Tokyo on March 11. This disaster was closely followed by an extremely destructive tsunami, destroying several coastal towns. The results have been devastating. Estimates report injuries and fatalities are in the thousands and the death toll is expected to rise. Charities are beginning to solicit and make appeals for donations in an emergency response to help provide relief to those in need.

September 27, 2010

Statement from Charity Intelligence: CBC Investigative Report on External Fundraisers

On September 22, 2010 CBC featured a report on external fundraisers hired by charities. Charity Intelligence (Ci) was among several charities interviewed for this report.

January 17, 2010

Haiti: Why I am recommending donations to Doctors Without Borders

On January 12th, 2010 a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, just west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Over the past week, friends and family have asked which charities I would recommend supporting to help Haiti.


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