Investigation

Uncharitable: Methodology

Buried deep in April’s 725-page federal budget document, in a section titled “Boosting Charitable Spending in Our Communities,” were two intriguing paragraphs.

“Every year, charities are required to spend a minimum amount on their charitable programs or on gifts to qualified donees,” the document reads. “This is known as the ‘disbursement quota’ and it ensures that charitable donations are being invested into our communities.” It goes on to say that while most charities meet this responsibility, a “gap” exists—that charitable giving by Canadian foundations has failed to keep pace with “significant” growth in their investment assets.

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