Canada’s top-rated charities

Photo gallery: Charities that earned an ‘A+’ grade in MoneySense’s annual Charity 100 ranking

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17 comments on “Canada’s top-rated charities

  1. I have to wonder at this rating? How can a food bank possibly afford to pay a top salary of $1.46 Million? To cover just this ONE SALARY with the listed efficiency rating of .56/$100 they have to be raising MANY billions of dollars. Or are my calculations wrong? I tried to go to the linked web address for this charity but access is Forbidden. Do salaries not figure in costs? Possibly an outside person or group underwrites the salaries?

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    • Lisa, the top salary is $146,057 and is one of the lowest on the list of 100 charities. The Calgary Food Bank website host was hit with a virus/security issue and the site is temporarily down, we should have a temporary site back up with a new host today.

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      • Clearly, there is no question. One solhud put their money into government-registered accounts despite such things as the , for one. Before you reach the limit, you solhud take advantage of all it has to offer (tax savings, government guarantee). Sadly only 3% of Canadians actually meet this limit.

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  2. The name of the charity with the pictures would have been helpful.

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    • The name of the charity is with the photos, on the right side at least in my browser it is.

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  3. I’m so proud and pleased the Calgary Food Bank came in at the highest ranking. James McAra, President and CEO is an incredible leader and we are blessed he chooses to be with us and not in the for profit sector making 3 times the salary.

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  4. I feel like the best charity to get involved in is world vision. They have been around for years and help develop communities in order to help them help themselves its more then saving someone from disease or hunger they also deal with the human trafficking issue as well and helping children that are being trafficked as well educate parents on the matter.

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  5. Haying in the 30’s should most definitely be on this list. It’s a charity in Alberta that gives money directly to cancer patients to help them with whatever they need help with; paying for parking/hotels while they’re undergoing treatment, helping to pay utility bills while they’re out of work… Or whatever else they require it’s a small family run charity with essentially no overhead or administrative costs.

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  6. This website is very difficult to read and cumbersome to navigate. It took me some work to figure out that the charity was listed on the right. Listing at least five items per page would be better. I bet you get a lot of bounces from people who don’t have the patience that I have.
    I would suggest a layout that reads like a blog, and doesn’t look like a mashed up CMS.

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    • This was just the article I was lnooikg for!I actually WANT to pay dividend tax as I am in a low tax bracket (<37K; my wife is not, however) so i have all of our non-registered money in my name.I hope to make substantially more in one or two years but because I'm in such a low bracket to me it makes sense to accumulate RRSP room and have these money making dividends where I'll pay close to no taxes on them due to my low income level. I think that considering my low tax bracket and the favourable dividend tax rate that it is almost as good as a TFSA.Thank you for the help.

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  7. I’m not at all surprised to see Chalice Canada in the Top Charities list. For years, I gave to World Vision, but was annoyed by the amount they spent on fundraising. I found Chalice Canada is doing the same work more efficiently. I have to be careful with my money, and I expect the charities I give to will do the same.
    My favourite charity that deserves recognition is Canadian Food for Children ( not to be confused with Canadian Feed the Children). They are a lean operation, with, as far as I know, no paid staff. Unfortunately, I believe Money Sense’s methodology would exclude them. Unlike most charities, they don’t raise money primarily, but gifts in kind. They solve two problems. By accepting donations of food, clothing, household goods, furniture, building material, etc., they divert a lot of what we would discard as waste. They fill ship containers with donated goods destined for a different part of the world each day, At the same time, they are helping the poor of the world with needed goods, which might not be available to them if they were only sent the funds. My guess is that a fair amount of the monetary donations go to food staples and shipping costs. Worthy charity in my book.

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  8. Delighted to see Red Cross has been on this list consistently. As part of the world’s largest humanitarian organization and founded in 1859 in Switzerland, it is impressive that the Red Cross can assist every resident in Canada if they are affected by local or a personal disaster, and that they are also able to assist people around the world on a moment’s notice. Very impressive.
    It also helps so many people through First Aid, CPR, Swimming, Anti-Violence and Anti-Bullying courses. Thank you Red Cross!

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  9. So does this mean that if a charity is not listed, it doesn’t make the cut? What about Save the Children? or Oxfam? I would like to know where they stand, please. I’m interested in humanitarian aide.

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  10. I’m trying for the life of me to get into your issue that lists the top 100 charities for 2015 and I can’t seem to get there. I see it and I’m a subscriber but it doesn’t get me there. Suggestions?

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  11. United Way??? Are you effing kidding?!!! I would never donate a cent to these people…you need to do some real research; this list is bogus.

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  12. hello we are ivorian refugee in ghana we need your help to build our church

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  13. Dear: My name is Abdul-Rehman & I live in Sialkot,  Pakistan. I have an NGO for poor people’s in this country I am working with my charity since 2005. The name of charity is K.C.O we give our best things to poor people’s including clothes, food, money, medical facilities, education etc. Now these day’s we need some donation for poor people’s nobody helping us so we need your help please help poor people’s. Now these days the month of ramzan so we have less donation this time so please help us. We need at least 15,000 dollars please ask your friends and family members & also in the society for helping poors please help us we need your help. Sending money details are below:
    Name: Abdul Rehman. 
    N.I.C: 3460377703589.
    Mbl: +923154310045.
    Address: Sialkot Cantt, Pakistan.
    You have to send money through Western union please help the poor people send us the money Allah bless you Inshallah.

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