Charities

We humbly suggest:

  • The charitable sector has a critical role to play in Canada alongside government social programs.
  • Government policy should support a flourishing charitable sector.

Supporting Research

A Call to Action to Support Canadian Civil Society in Response to COVID-19
Brian Dijkema, Sean Speer
March 20, 2020
Cardus is offering a clear plan of action to equip Canada’s governments to supply immediate financial support to charities in order to protect their capacity to provide crucial front-line services during and after the immediate crisis.
Exit Covid: What have we learned, and where should Canada be focusing post-pandemic?
Robert Joustra
June 22, 2021
Imagine Canada like a car: we’ve just had the rare experience of smashing our economy, culture, and society into a brick wall at high speed—whether through the disease itself or our response to it. And like crash-test engineers, we now have to perform the analysis. What did we learn? How did we fare? What performed better than expected, and what worse? And, most importantly, where do we go from here?
The Potential to Give During the COVID-19 Pandemic
July 22, 2020
Canada’s charitable sector will prove to be pivotal in helping Canadians through these challenging times. But the revenues of charitable organizations have been falling. For Canadian charities to continue carrying out their important missions in helping to provide those in need with food, clothing, shelter, and emotional support, Canadians are going to have to increase their giving.

Explorations

Exit COVID: Toward What Matters Most (Two Night Virtual Event)
June 22, 2021
Join us as we Exit COVID: Toward what matters most.
Why WE Wouldn’t Listen
Convivium
Robert Joustra
August 5, 2020
From historic military meltdowns to last week’s barbecuing of the Kielburger brothers by a Commons committee, being too nice to ask hard questions invariably risks organizational catastrophe, Robert Joustra writes.
Deciphering WE and Democracy
Convivium
Peter Stockland
July 17, 2020
What questions didn't get asked, wonders Peter Stockland, when a 36-member cabinet assessed a $900 million plan with a mega-charity linked to the Prime Minister and his family?

Media Coverage

Pandemic takes toll on charitable giving
The Catholic Register
November 6, 2021
“One of the largest influences on whether or not somebody gives, and gives regularly, is their religious commitment,” Cardus Vice-President of External Affairs Brian Dijkema tells The Catholic Register in this story about declining charitable giving in Canada. Photo by Katt Yukawa on Unsplash
Taxing today’s religious institutions because of residential-school horrors would be missing the point
The Globe & Mail
July 19, 2021
Some want to channel public disgust about the indignities suffered by Indigenous children at residential schools to revive their long-standing grievance with the property-tax exemptions for houses of worship. Brian Dijkema points out why this would be a mistake.

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