Case study #101: Oxfam

Today, Voices-Voix we published case study #101, on Oxfam Canada, "elimination of poverty," and the odious bureaucracy imposed on both non-profits and charities. An excerpt:
Like all federal non-profits and charities, Oxfam was required to file articles of continuance to comply with the federal Not for Profit Act before October 17, 2014. While reviewing Oxfam's submission, the charities directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) told Oxfam, in 2013, that in order to keep its charitable status, Oxfam can work to “alleviate” poverty but not “prevent” it. CRA reportedly wrote that "Relieving poverty is charitable, but preventing it is not," and that, "Preventing poverty could mean providing for a class of beneficiaries that are not poor."
Robert Fox, who was executive director of Oxfam in 2014 at the time of these exchanges, described the discussions with CRA over Oxfam's mission statement as “absurd.”

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