July 31 2014 – Any innovation carries with it the threat of failure; for charities, that could mean needy people stripped of their services. And yet they must adapt to remain effective. (The Guardian)
July 30 2014 – While internships have had a lot of bad press in recent years (with even the nonprofit sector being accused of exploitative labour practices), internships done right can actually provide a win-win solution for both the intern and their nonprofit employer. (CharityVillage)
July 29 2014 – Accusations of cronyism are part of the grounds for investigation into one of the cornerstones of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Big Society. (Nonprofit Quarterly)
Jul 24, 2014 — Has the Harper government declared jihad against Pen Canada? Margaret Atwood seems to think so. On Monday, Pen’s tiny Toronto office was invaded by Canada Revenue Agency auditors, who are investigating whether Pen has engaged in political activities that might jeopardize its charitable status. “Why does freedom of expression threaten them?” she tweeted.
Pen is an advocate for writers who’ve been targeted by repressive regimes around the world. It isn’t too fond of the Harper government either, and has said so, often. (Globe and Mail)
July 28 2014 – Environmental groups, international activist organizations and think tanks left and right have all been subject to tax audit by federal tax officials. (Financial Post)
Jul. 24, 2014 – The Canada Revenue Agency is in the final phase of an audit into the political activities of the church-based advocacy group Kairos, setting the stage for another potential conflict between the aid organization and the Conservative government.
The United Church of Canada, which administers funding for Kairos on behalf of a coalition of churches, is among the 52 charities currently facing a Canada Revenue Agency audit in relation to political activities. (Globe and Mail)
July 25 2014 – Charitable giving is estimated to increase 5.7 percent during 2014, according to the latest report from the Atlas of Giving. (NonProfit Times)