What If Charities Go Silent?

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By Trish Hennessy, PEN Canada, 13 October 2012

While you’re reading this, nearly two million employees are busy trying to make our world a little bit better through their work at Canada’s more than eighty thousand registered charitable organizations. (…)

Until recently, few of us have had a reason to think about charities beyond the value of their good works. However, a deep chill has settled upon Canada’s non-profit sector as a result of a federal initiative to ensure that the Canada Revenue Agency more rigorously monitors the activities of charitable organizations. (…)

Canadians expect charities to observe the rules, but it is decidedly un-Canadian to jeopardize their charitable status simply because their work reveals weaknesses in government policies. Especially when these very charities are attempting to address the root causes behind major societal problems such as poverty or climate change. (...)

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