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Charitable Giving Resources

Canadian Centre for Philanthropy

NonprofitsCan is the public information portal of Imagine Canada (formerly the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy) and an important national repository for Canada's nonprofit sector knowledge base. The site hosts the Imagine Canada - John Hodgson Library and serves as Imagine Canada's knowledge centre, a comprehensive one-stop shop for accessing Imagine Canada signature research, public policy and corporate citizenship initiatives, as well as the excellent work of others working in the sector for the benefit of vibrant Canadian communities.

Giving and Volunteering

GivingandVolunteering.ca was developed by Imagine Canada in concert with Volunteer Canada. It is designed to provide you with the statistics and resources developed from the 1997, 2000 and 2004 National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (NSGVP).

Canadian Donor's Guide

The purpose of the Canadian Donor's Guide is to provide an authoritative annual directory to fund raising organizations in Canada

Starting a Foundation - A Guide for Philanthropists

Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC)`s guide Starting a Foundation: A Guide for Philanthropists (2004) answers many basic questions and includes a number of references to pertinent resources.

Table of Contents
Preface - Is Foundation Philanthropy Right for You?
Section I - Why Give?
Section II - Planning Your Long-term Giving
Section III - Starting a Foundation
Resources

Charitable Gift Giving Guide for Individual Donors

Charitable giving offers benefits to both the community and the donor. This publication will help you - and your financial and legal advisors, as well as the charities you support - determine the most cost-effective way to structure your donations.
Like many other individuals, you may not have given much thought to developing a tax-effective strategy for charitable giving. In recent years the federal government has created a more generous tax incentive program for individuals who make gifts to charities. As well, while many people make charitable bequests in their wills, other ways of giving may be less costly.

The attached publication provides several examples of the charitable donation tax credit system. The examples illustrate how you may be able to significantly increase the amount you put into the hands of your favourite charities.

The Charity Checklist - Working with charities when planning a bequest

The following due diligence checklist is intended to help donors and professional advisors assess charities as recipients of significant donations and partners in the gift planning process. The checklist may be used when phoning a charity to request the legal name for a will or other planning situations. It may also be helpful in situations when the client asks the advisor to make anonymous inquiries about technical or recognition issues.

Philanthropy, Heirs & Values: How Successful Families Are Using Philanthropy To Prepare Their Heirs For Post-Transition Responsibilities

Roy Williams & Vic Preisser
www.thewilliamsgroup.com