Service clubs get creative to attract, retain volunteers

July 15, 2014 – Demographics are shifting, and fewer Canadians are volunteering regularly, but service clubs across the country continue to give back to their communities – and members say that won’t stop, despite recent challenges in attracting and retaining members.

About 6.1 per cent of Canadians aged 25-54 volunteered regularly in 2010, down from 8.3 per cent in 1992, according to Statistics Canada. (Metro News)

Prévenir la pauvreté n’est pas un objectif charitable pour l’ARC

le 25 juillet 2014 – L’Agence du revenu du Canada (ARC) a dit à une organisation caritative bien connue qu’elle ne pouvait plus tenter de prévenir la pauvreté dans le monde, mais seulement la réduire, parce que le fait de prévenir la pauvreté pourrait profiter à des personnes qui ne sont pas vraiment pauvres.

Cette étrange dispute bureaucratique entourant l’énoncé de mission d’Oxfam Canada est une preuve de plus de la détérioration des relations entre le gouvernement conservateur et certains organismes de bienfaisance canadiens. (Radio-Canada)

Canada Revenue Agency says ‘preventing poverty’ not allowed as goal for charity

Jul. 24 2014 – The Canada Revenue Agency has told a well-known charity that it can no longer try to prevent poverty around the world, it can only alleviate poverty — because preventing poverty might benefit people who are not already poor. The bizarre bureaucratic brawl over a mission statement is yet more evidence of deteriorating relations between the Harper government and some parts of Canada’s charitable sector. (The Globe and Mail)