Charity Research

Hi Everyone!

Great discussion this morning! Thanks to everyone for contributing. Please have the following response posted by next Wednesday Nov 28:

1.) Charity Name

2.) Charity Mission Statement/Vision

3.) How is the money raised used? (e.g. How much money goes to what? How much money do they raise in a year?)

4.) What are their accomplishments? Does these accomplishments match their vision?

As always, please make sure to use reputable sources and cite all of your work.

Thanks!

Ms. Martin & Ms. Stuart

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Hi everyone! 

The charity that I am interested is the Earth Ranger. They are a kids’ conservation organization with a vision to instill environment knowledge, positivity and the confidence to take action in every child (1). In other words, they want to inspire thousands of children each year to participate in a movement to protect animals and their habitats (1,2). They also teach them about biodiversity (3). 

 

 

Earth Rangers do this with their various free programs that children can participate in at school, home and in their communities. These programs are primarily found to be educational in way that addresses the most critical environmental challenges of our time. It is believed that to by connecting animas with young people allows children to learn more about them and their importance to the ecosystem. Their reach is known to be national, and their impact is local (1). They raised $2,69,000 dollars in support of species conservations. In 2017, they got $3.9m in donations. Their administrative and fundraising costs are 24% of revenues. For every dollar donated to the charity, 76 cents go to the cause. However, the charity’s funding reserves of $2.1m can only cover just over 7 months of their annual programs. Here is are financial ratios, graphs that represent the revenues, expenditures, assets and liabilities as well as a pie chart that represents their spending breakdown: 

 

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Nonetheless, their accomplishments include their various programs. Such programs include their Earth Rangers' School Outreach program (1, 4). In short, this program does 45-minute presentations during assemblies or classroom visits to advocate for the protection of biodiversity and highlights various conservation initiatives in Canada. They visited 873 schools, including 107 French-language schools and 27 Indigenous schools, in 2017 and reached 252,277 students (4). Moreover, they also have the Earth Rangers Foundation’s Membership program (1,4). This program, on the other hand, have children sign up to be an Earth Ranger and provide them with activities such as conservation projects (4). Furthermore, they have the Earth Rangers’ Missions program which are short-term assignments for those members/Earth Rangers (1,4). Such assignments include recycling batteries, shoreline clean-ups, etc. They also had a program called the Earth Rangers’ Bring Back the Wild program (1,4). This is a campaign to teaches the importance of protecting animals. Here, they protected 33 different species. One specific example of this is how they helped protect the American badger in Southern Ontario. They had done field restoration and created sand ridges to help improve the American badgers’ ability to find food and build dens. In this project, they also got radio transmitters on several American badgers to better understand their movements. There were 8,000 campaigns (1).  

 

In short, there accomplishments match their vision. Their vision was to augment the awareness in children about conservation. The many programs that I have listed above demonstrate their efforts on such topic. Furthermore, they have grown 26,000 in the last year to have a total about 175,000 young kids as members. In 2010, they were also able to reach 1,670,300 students with their school assembly program to educate them about their vision (5). These are amazing numbers. To top it, the Earth Rangers even got them to be enthusiastic to participate in missions that had them work together to help protect the environment. All of this can be evidently seen with the programs mentioned above. They also did surveys that showed how they helped change the thinking of their members. Here are the examples: 

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References:

(1) http://www.earthrangers.org/about/  

(2) https://chimp.net/charities/th...h-rangers-foundation  

(3) https://www.canadahelps.org/en...-rangers-foundation/  

(4) https://www.charityintelligenc...h-rangers-foundation 

(5) http://www.earthrangers.org/about/our-impact/  

(6) http://www.earthrangers.org/parents/

 

Thanks for reading, 

-Alison

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Hey Butterfly Effect, 

1. My social responsibility issues that I was interested in was climate change so my charity choice is The David Suzuki Foundation. The reason I was interested in this foundation is were locally founded by David Suzuki who was a Canadian genetic, broadcaster, environmental activist. He became one of Canada's most known scientist and he lived and taught as a professor in Vancouver (UBC). (1) 

2. The David Suzuki Foundation was created in 1990 to accomplish 3 main goals to help make our world a better place:

1. Establish the legal right for all Canadians to live in a healthy environment.

2.  Accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.

3. Protect and restore nature. (2)

"Their mission is to protect the diversity of nature and our quality of life, now and for the future. Their vision is that within a generation, Canadians will act on the understanding that we are all interconnected and interdependent with nature." (2)

3. The charity raises their money and put it towards different projects they have such as turning Toronto zoo poop into power or sustainable transportation. (3) Although it doesn't specifically say how much money goes towards each project, for each dollar they raise, 0.74 are used towards one of their environmental projects. (5)

Your donations at work: 2016/17

As you can see from the above chart, 75% of their revenue is used towards a variety of different environmental programs which is around $7,279,656. (4) Just this past year, the foundation made $9,706,208; however, they dropped compared to the previous year before hand. 

Year ended August 31 2017,
with comparative figures for 2016

 

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2017

2016

Revenue

9,706,208

10,335,958

Expenses

9,802,099

9,947,313

Gain on endowment fund investments

641,032

597,350

Excess of revenue over expenses

545,141

985,995

 

 

4. The David Suzuki foundation has done impeccable things to save our environment such as:

Securing Environmental Rights- Alongside the Blue Dot Movement, the foundation was able to get the federal governmental to review proposed changes for the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. In hopes of providing clean air, water, safe food and a healthy ecosystem, they were able to get 110,00 people to speak their voice about the problem in letters, petitions and many online videos. 

Natural Systems - The foundation persuaded the government to consider allowing communities to include natural infrastructure in their decision making which means there are lower costs due to letting nature doing the work. With a 3.2 million budget for the first time, the environment could be helped way more with natures help instead of placing more water treatments. 

Protecting the St. Lawrence - The gulf is home to the famous beluga whales and many people who have tried to conserve the land. After many campaigns, the Quebec government finally cancelled oil and gas exploration on Anticosti island in 2017. The gulf is now named a world heritage site; not to mention, the foundation also, stopped the Energy East pipeline project that threatened Quebec's drinking water supply. (6)

Overall, the David Suzuki Foundation's mission and vision align with their accomplishments because their main goals were (Establish the legal right for all Canadians to live in a healthy environment, Accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future and Protect and restore nature.) By securing environmental rights, it will allow everyone to live in a healthy environment and maintain it for our future children to enjoy as well. The persuasion towards natural systems are protecting nature and moving towards a low-carbon future along with the protection of the Gulf is protecting the beluga whales who have lived there for many years. 

Citations 

1. https://www.thecanadianencyclo...article/david-suzuki

2. https://davidsuzuki.org/about/

3. https://davidsuzuki.org/our-work/climate-solutions/

4. https://davidsuzuki.org/about/...ials/your-donations/

5. https://www.charityintelligenc...id-suzuki-foundation

6. https://davidsuzuki.org/wp-con...al-impact-report.pdf

Hi everyone!  

The name of the charity I chose to do research on is Education without Borders (EwB).

(1) 

Their mission statement is: “Education without Borders provides educational opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk children through initiatives in South Africa and Canada, including after-school support programs in Math, English, Science, school leadership and youth mentorship”. (1, 2) 

Their vision is: “To empower disadvantaged and at-risk children around the world by instilling a love of learning through educational opportunities.” (1) 

In the long run, they hope that their aid will provide more jobs for young people, higher self-confidence and self-worth which will strengthen the economy. (3) 

Information on use of money (data from 2016): 

The foundation’s total revenue that year was $140,975. (3, 4, 5)

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Their total expenditures that year was $77,444. (3, 4)

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Their assets at the end of the year were $295,713. (4, 5)

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Their total liabilities at the end of the year were $5,000. (4, 5)

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At the end of the year 2017: 

Their total revenue was $131,563 

Their total expenditures (programmes, general and admin expenses) was $87,514. 

Their total assets were $334, 762. 

They had no current liabilities.  

(5) 

Education without Borders has zero administrative costs. (3, 6) 

All donations go towards their programs. (6) 

$360 enables one student to have one year of Education without Borders’ after-school program and gives them one meal a day. (6) 

These programs that EwB initiatives provide include after-school support programs in Mathematics, English Literacy, isiXhosa literacy, science, school leadership and youth mentorship. They are working with Mseki Primary and Fezeka Secondary schools in the township of Gugulethu and Nobantu, an after-school facility in the township of Mfuleni, outside of Cape Town in South Africa. (5, 7) 

 

With their Primary School Program at the Mseki Primary school in Gugulethu, they had 460 learners from grades 1 to 7, their program activities including: language enrichment (grades 1-3), Maths (grades 4-7), English (grade 4), and feeding. (5) 

The national average in Maths was 37%. From the learners that attended 50% or more of the EwB sessions, the math results for each school grade in 2017 was between 7% and 10% higher compared to the most recently recorded national averages. (5) 

With their High School Program at the Fezeka High School in Gugulethu, they had 114 learners from grades 8 to 11, their program activities including: Maths, English, Science, Feeding, Psycho-social support, and Personal Development and Leadership. (5) 

In 2017, their learners had an 18% improvement in the Internal Maths Diagnostic average from term 1 to term 2. (5) 

From the In-school English and Math results of their grade 8-10 learners who attended 50% or more of the EwB sessions, they found a 2% improvement in English results and 10% improvement in Maths results from 2016 to 2017. (5) 

 

In conclusion, Education without Borders’ accomplishments do seem to match their vision and statement. They have reached hundreds of children in South Africa from grades 1 to 11, providing them with educational opportunities through after-school programs which have shown to considerably increase their scores, particularly in math. 

 

Thank you for reading! 

References: 

(1) https://www.educationwithoutborders.ca/  

(2) https://www.canadahelps.org/en...-borders-foundation/  

(3) https://www.canadahelps.org/en...ndation/impact/view/  

(4) https://chimp.net/charities/ed...t-borders-foundation 

(5) https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd...839298b0bb532e84.pdf  

(6) https://www.educationwithoutborders.ca/donate 

(7) https://www.educationwithoutborders.ca/programs

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Hey everyone!

The organization I have chosen is Project HOPE. Project HOPE is a humanitarian relief organization strives to deliver necessary medicine/supplies, medical expertise, training to respond to disasters, disease prevention and to promote health in general. In other words, this organization fights to save lives around the globe. (1)(2)

 

Project HOPE's mission statement is "We believe in a universal right to be healthy and thrive, and we envision a world where everyone has access to the health care needed to reach life’s full potential." 

Their vision is to give power to health care workers in order for them to save more life internationally. Not only are they committed to saving lives directly, but they also focus on having these workers implement and teach their skills to a certain extent to prevent unnecessary deaths in the future. Project HOPE works internationally with health care workers and their communities; they address the public's greatest health challenges by working side-by-side with said workers. They also respond to crises after disaster strikes in order to find solutions to any health needs/epidemics. (2)(3) 

Before getting into how their money is used, Project HOPE included some interesting information about their financial accountability on their website. This organization has been verified to be accountable by Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau - Project HOPE describes these organizations to be "charity watchdogs." (2)

Referring to the money itself, more than 94% of their expended resources are used towards their health projects. Of this 94%, less than 6% is used towards management and fundraising. Since 1958, $3.1+ billion in donations have been delivered. Project HOPE is also very cost effective. To give an example, a donation of $25 could pay for 10 health workers to recognize and treat common illnesses. $100 could train mothers to recognize potentially deadly childhood illnesses and $500 could fund women who want to start small businesses in order for them to improve their ability to provide health care for their families. (2)(4)

Project HOPE has over 60 years of experience. Within this time, they have trained over a million health care workers, deployed over 1800 volunteers, and as I mentioned above, raised over $3.1 billion. This organization has 63 programs in 26 different countries. I definitely believe their accomplishments match their vision/mission. In general, I believe Project HOPE is an extremely reputable organization. (2)(4)

Sources:
1. https://www.raptim.org/organiz...to-improving-health/ 

2. https://www.projecthope.org/about-us/ 

3. https://www.projecthope.org/wp...nual-Report_2017.pdf

4. https://money.howstuffworks.co...ns/project-hope3.htm

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Charity name:

We charity, formerly known as Free the Children before they expanded their projects and visions.

I am interested in We Charity because it’s something that I raised money for in middle school, but I’m still not sure if they are a sustainable and honest charity. They claim to be raising money for various massive global problems, such as providing education, water, health resources, and nutrition to developing countries, but some research is required to make sure they are having an impact.

Charity Mission statement/ Vision:

 “WE Charity is an international charity committed to delivering a sustainable development model that empowers people to impower themselves, their families, their communities and the world.”

How their money is used:

We Charity uses 90% of donations on project-related activities and 10% of donations on fundraising and administrative costs. They do not only receive money, but they also accept goods and supplies, in fact 25% of their donations are supplies used for their projects (1).

Domestic programs such as We Day and We Schools took up 63% of the program’s costs. The other 37% was made up of international programs and projects such as We Villages. In 2017, We Charity made 64,994 in total revenues. For every dollar spent, 86 cents went to helping the cause donated too. (2)

Accomplishments:

During 2016-2017 they have:

-Supported 7,221 organizations

-Collected 2,555,483 pounds of food

-Raised $24.2m

-Gotten 233,532 students from 11,802 schools to We day

-Gotten 26,534 speakers to volunteer their time to participate in We Day

-Thought new agricultural techniques to over 100 farmers in China

-Built a borehole in Kenya that will help save community members 9,000 hours

-Volunteered 8,837,826 hours

-And more.

(2)

Personally I believe that these accomplishments show that We Charities are staying true to their goal. Not only are they trying to make an impact, but the charity is also based on giving students the opportunity to make a difference. Canadian an American teachers involved in the program all took a survey, and 92% of them said that after their students participated in this they felt a stronger connection to their community and 89% said that the students are more likely to stand up for others (2). I find that really cool, because that means that they are impacting the lives of people in developing countries and students that want to make a difference. In conclusion, I think that We Charity is a good organisation and is worth sponsoring.

1 https://www.wecharity.org/abou...ance/annual-reports/

2 https://www.charityintelligenc...82-free-the-children

Hello Butterfly Effect,

 

For my charity, I have chosen to focus on the Canadian Mental Health Association, an organization that "provides mental health promotion and mental illness recovery-focused programs and services for people of all ages and their families." (1) That is, they are dedicated to not only educating about mental health and mental health illnesses, but also to providing services for individuals who are struggling with mental health issues, looking to improve their overall health or build resilience, or who aim to support those they care about. They offer a variety of programs and services to promote better mental health in Canada. They also have a training program to prepare individuals with skills to help those at risk of suicide.

CMHA British Columbia

The Vision: Mentally Healthy People in a Healthy Society

 

Spending division:

 (2)

As you can see, they spend a large portion of their funding on things other than their programs. This could be seen as deceiving or an issue, but maybe it isn't a bad thing. They're investing a lot of money into ensuring that the charity itself is run well, efficient, and well-advertised. 

In terms of accomplishments, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has had great impact on many individuals. If any of you are interested, they have a link on their website (here) specifically devoted to individual Stories of Impact where people talk about how CMHA's work has changed their lives. I am going to look at these stories quite broadly, so I am probably not going into enough detail to really do these individuals justice. (3)

CMHA's programs have helped parents who lack confidence in parenting their children with mental illnesses (such as ADHD), they have helped countless people in getting over their fear of speaking about mental illnesses and behavioural disorders, they have helped individuals struggling with anxiety and depression through cognitive-behavioural therapy strategies, and they have aided many others. A common subject between these is that individuals agree CMHA has helped them to get past the "taboo" of speaking about mental health, and they found CMHA members could directly relate to issues they were feeling. (3)

In an impact report by CMHA at the beginning of 2018, they stated their impacts until then included:

 (5)

They also have had success online:

 (5)

and have had major success with some fundraisers, such as "Ride Don't Hide" where $1.89 million were raised for "essential mental health programs and services." (5)

In conclusion, I would say that yes, their successes have aligned with their goals, but it's difficult to quantify the degree of success they have achieved.

Additionally, CMHA has a petition located here for individuals to sign in taking a stance with a system of care valuing mental health and addiction as equal to physical health. (4)

(4)

 

Nice.

 


Sources

(1) - https://cmha.bc.ca/programs-and-services/
(2) - https://www.charityintelligenc...l-health-association
(3) - https://cmha.bc.ca/document-ca...y/stories-of-impact/
(4) - https://www.b4stage4.ca/
(5) - https://cmha.ca/about-cmha/impact-report-2018

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Hey everyone,

The charity I have chosen is World Wildlife Fund Canada(WWF)

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Their mission statement is “To reverse the decline of wildlife”.WWF is Canada’s largest international conservation organization and they receive a lot of support from hundreds of thousands of canadians. They have offices all across Canada in places such as Victoria, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, St. John's, Iqaluit and Inuvik. They work towards healthy marine ecosystems on all of the three coasts,all ecosystems to be freshwater, for all those animals in the ecosystems to be in good condition, a good and ecologically sound future in the Arctic, transitioning to completely habitat friendly renewable energy and climate smart land use, and help communities around the country to develop solutions that help conserve wildlife and help nature.(1) They are a non profit organization.(3)

World Wildlife Fund is a Major 100 charity( Canada’s top charities). In 2017, WWF received $18.9m in donations. Administrative costs are about 4% of revenues and fundraising costs are around 27% of donations. For every dollar donated, 69 cents goes for the cause. WWF holds funding reserves of $25.5m, of which $3.9m is funded by donors. Excluding funds given by donors, the charity’s reserves can cover annual program costs and granting activities for about 1.4 years.WWF used different fundraisers in 2017. The charity paid $845k to raise $1.9m from fundraisers for a cost of $0.44 per dollar raised. (2)

Here is a chart that shows the sources of donations and other revenues:

(4)

How they applied their funds:

(4)

WWF has many accomplishments but here are a few of some of their biggest accomplishments that follow their vision and goals from 2016/2017 :

Wild tiger numbers increase for the first time in conservation history”

The number of wild tigers increased to about 3,890, which made conservation history as the first recorded time that global numbers of wild tigers have increased. In 2010, there was an estimate for there to be about 3,200 so it obviously went up quite a bit.(5)

“Pandas are no longer classified as endangered”

The IUCN announced that the giant panda would be changed from endangered to vulnerable as there was a 17% increase in their population. This strengthens the length of survival of the giant panda and gives greater protection of their habitat. (5)

“All trade in the world’s most trafficked mammal, the pangolin, is now illegal”

During the world’s largest illegal wildlife trade meeting, countries worked together and to strengthen the protection of the most trafficked mammal, the pangolin. There was an international agreement to make trade of the pangolins illegal to protect the species from extinction. (5)

“Saving World Heritage sites”

Many of the world’s natural heritage sights are at risk because industrial activities like mining, dredging, and oil and gas drilling. Many of these sites are also home to certain endangered species. Belize’s barrier reef home to dolphins and marine turtles, received a postponation from seismic surveying after the officials agreed to suspend the seismic portion of offshore oil exploration. The Spanish government cancelled plans to get rid of Doñana National Park. It harbours over 4,000 types of plants and animals. (5)

“China, home to the world’s largest legal ivory trade market announces closure by end of 2017”

China announced its ban in domestic trade in ivory and would close all legal markets by the end of 2017. This was the end to the world’s main legal ivory market. It is also a major boost internationally to help the elephant poaching problems in Africa where around 20,000 elephants and illegally take each year. (5)

 

  1. http://www.wwf.ca/about_us/
  2. https://www.charityintelligenc...-world-wildlife-fund
  3. https://www.worldwildlife.org/about/careers
  4. http://www.wwf.ca/about_us/wherethemoneygoes/
  5. http://wwf.panda.org/wwf_news/...n-World-Wildlife-Day

 

Hello

I am interested in the foster kids charity. 

 

This organizations mission/goal is to better the lives of children in foster care.  Their first priority is making sure that kids have the basic supplies needed ie. : Clothes, food, school supplies, hygiene products and so on.  They want to educate their volunteers about the foster care system and improve the lives of those in it, and with awareness they believe in their goal of increasing the number of adoptions from the foster care system.

This is a fairly new charity situating in Texas that was founded in 2010.  It is a non-profit organization founded by Michelle Armour-Brown.  In 2008 when she witnessed a horrific car accident of a family who had 2 foster kids.  Terribly, no one survived and Michelle was left doing CPR on one of the girls.  She then did research on the foster care system and decided to found the charity 2 years later.

This charity provides help in different kinds of ways than the most common way of raising money.  They provide 500-1500 food bags per month to foster children in state care, bring items to foster children, the foster families and agencies who care for them, host events for foster children, provide support for foster teens and provide funds for summer camp and after school activities for foster children.

They do not exactly share how much money is raised from donations, however they say that it goes either directly to a foster care child or towards food for the food bags.  You can donate numerous ways.  An example is with credit card which they have what different amounts will do:

$50.00 covers the cost of 2 emergency bags upon removal of a child. 

$100.00 is the aversage cost of one month supply of diapers per child

$425.00 Covers our monthly lease

$500.00 Pays for 250 food bags filled with snacks for kids

$5000.00 is the average cost of our Christmas Party for 100 foster kids & their family

 

  They do mention all their sponsors, companies such as: Costco, ticket to dream foundation, delivering good and more.  These are the organizations that help with things such as providing supplies and supplying food bags.   They mention 5 other people by name who probably donated either money or items to help. 

(1)(2)They don’t directly say what they have accomplished, but it is also a fairly new charity, but in that little time they have 9 different companies/organizations helping them, an article in WE magazine supporting their cause, donating 500-1500 food bags a month and more.

(3) however as good as the website seems, this site claims that it has a very low PageRank and not “socialized” very well.  It has no visitor reviews but is said to be a safe website to use.

(4)  According to 3 reviews on this site, this charity really helped all three of them.  They helped providing toys, connecting with the kids and providing necessary supplies.  So according to this, I would say they have met their vision very well.

Seeing as it is still quite new, there are not too many reviews, however from the ones that I have seen, it seems as though they are doing good on what they say they will do and they just need some more publicity to get the message out there!

 

1:  https://fosterkidscharity.org/

2:  https://wemagazineforwomen.com...for-foster-children/

3:  https://www.easycounter.com/re...osterkidscharity.org

4:  https://greatnonprofits.org/org/foster-kids-charity

 

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Hey everyone,

The charity I am interested in is Greenpeace FundThey are the world's leading independent, environmental campaigning organization. In fact, they were founded here in Vancouver in 1971! (1) Their organization envisions the fact that us as citizens, have a moral obligation to take action against the injustices visited on our planet, in a nonviolent and appropriate manner. (2) Greenpeace investigates, documents and exposes abuses of power and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. The charity's main goal is to ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life's in all it's diversity .

greenpeace

(3) The money raised from this charity is primarily used for contributions to other countries in the world that need our help, gifts and grants. According to statistics,  100 % of the primary revenue is contributed on programs they tend to deliver for our earth. However, around 83.4 % of the revenue is spent on expenses of this factor. On a yearly basis, the non-governmental environmental organization raises approximately $19,500,000 on average and receives an estimate income of $255,000 from another source of revenue. 

world

 

Researching through different sources to learn more about this charity, I have learned some pivotal moments for this organization and what they have come to achieve over the course of 40 years and how it all matches to their vision !

 (1) In 2017, Greenpeace fund helped to win some human rights, ocean and forest protection, water safety and our climate. In 2014, Greenpeace supporters helped to bring the ice-strengthened vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, home. Supporters, allies, and friends also took to the streets to protest for climate justice and helped transform the supply chain of one of the largest, most well-known companies in the world and drew important attention to the dangers happening in our oceanic waters. As this is a few accomplishments they have shown, this demonstrates their vision of what we, civilians, can do with the power of solely people. 

Thanks for reading!

Sources for research: 

1 - https://greenpeacefund.org/about-us/ 

2 - https://learn.eartheasy.com/ar...ties-with-integrity/ 

3 - https://www.charitynavigator.o...mmary&orgid=7596

Photos: 

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/95-3313195 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenpeace

 

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1. Charity Name
The name of the charity is the union of concerned scientists. (1)
2. Charity Mission Statement/Vision
The goal of the union of concerned scientists is to better the world through research and science (2), what they want is more political choices to be based off of scientific data (1). Their mission statement though is: “The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Joining with people across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future” (1), or "to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices." as stated when the charity was created (3). 
3. How is the money raised used? (e.g. How much money goes to what? How much money do they raise in a year?)
If we were to go off of what they themselves say, then 72% comes from membership (in their case when you make a donation you become a member of the charity), and contributions. Another 22% comes from foundations and the remainder planned gifts (1). In the last year, 2017, they got approximately 37.3 million in total revenue, and spent 25 million on programs, 1.3 million on administrative expenses and 6.3 million on fundraising (4). It also had 4.6 million in extra left over and was left with a net asset of 45.7 million (4). Of the 25 million dollars spent on programs 10.7 million went to their climate and energy program, 7.4 million went to their global security program, 4.4 million went to their center for science and democracy and the remaining 3.7 million went to their clean vehicles program (4).
4.  What are their accomplishments? Does these accomplishments match their vision?
A few of their accomplishments as taken from their own site include:
They challeged a decision by the EPA to push back the clock on when new chemical safety regulations were supposed to come into effect. The new rules were supposed to go into effect on march 17 2017, but the EPA pushed the date back to February 2019, and so UCS and a few other charities challenged the change, and won, so the implementation of the new regulations could no longer be delayed. This matches up with their goal, as the new regulations where made after a year of looking into what was needed and then they were given 2 years to make sure they can follow the regulations and then they would be in place (a few were supposed to be more faded in as they would take more time and were planned to be in place by 2022), so it follows their goal of changing the world positively with logical and factual solutions.
Another accomplishment is their help in getting SB 100 passed and signed. SB 100 is a bill for California stating that they accelerate their renewable portfolio standard to 60% by 2030 when before it was only 50%, but more Importantly it makes it so that by 2045 they must have 100% of their energy being carbon-free energy, such as wind turbines. This does also match their goal, of getting solutions to problems we have, In this case carbon-free energy to slow down climate change.
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Hello fellow B-Effectors! 

The charity I decided to look into was BC Children's Hospital Foundation. This is a charity that supports and help children in BC who require medical assistance. I chose this since this is related to my topic of emotions and human beings. Not only children are ones that can get angry, they're also the generation and time that they begin to learn about emotions, how to deal with it, puberty, and other aspects of emotional functions. (1) 

 There is a website (2) which is the link to homepage. A brief idea of what they do that weaves into their mission and vision is being the leading general or specialized pediatric services. (3) In terms of their mission, statement and vision, their mission is finding results through caring, leading and learning together. 
Vision is finding province wide solutions for excellence in health, consistently. 
Values include respect, compassion, innovation, create partnerships, serve with purpose. (4)

The money is raised through different mediums. This could be from the news outlets, through schools and word of mouth and online social media. Their website provides one of the ways to donate here: Donate

They raise funds to use in improvements and advancements of medical care in the hospital, research complex, and a health centre. Furthermore, the funds are also used to recruit skilled doctors, staff and researchers. Making sure the technology is up to date and up hold their vision. (5) (6)

Charity Intelligence shows that their review of the donations received in 2016 is 64.7 million dollars. Administrative cost was 7%, fund raising cost was 23% and the final 70% went to their mission. (6) 

According to BCCHF, their breakdown was as reveals: 

They said that they had received over 100$ million dollars for 2017/2018. They also provide Annual reports {here } and financial statements up to year 2011 (7) PDF file is also provided here: https://www.bcchf.ca/assets/Ab...7-18AtAGlanceWEB.pdf 

 

Some accomplishments includes having national recognition for their work to reduce autism assessment from 36 months to nearly same day meets. (9) 
Internationally, a change was made by to the rules and health guidelines for peanut allergy from a Canadian researcher Dr. E. Chan. Additionally they provide the 2nd lowest wait times in BC. Multiple children have been helped and served (numbers reaching around 85 k and more) (8) 

These accomplishments out of the many other is reflective of their missions, values and vision. They are providing the best care they can provide, developing research and maintaining a sense of respect, compassion, and more for children and the medical world. 

Sources!

  1. https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/...motional-development
  2. http://www.bcchildrens.ca/
  3. http://www.bcchildrens.ca/about
  4. http://www.bcchildrens.ca/about/vision-mission-values
  5. https://www.canadahelps.org/en...hospital-foundation/
  6. https://www.charityintelligenc...-hospital-foundation
  7. https://www.bcchf.ca/donate/where-your-money-goes/
  8. http://www.bcchildrens.ca/abou...role/accomplishments 
  9. http://www.phsa.ca/about/who-w...ents/2018-highlights 

 

That's it! 
~Jim
CA
CBSS months to 

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Charity name:

The name of my charity is WE charity.  WE charity is a fundraising part of the WE movement.  The WE movement use to be known as “Free the Children” before they expanded their projects and visions. Many students know it as ME to WE. The movement was started by a Canadian 12 year old boy, Craig Kielburger, who was inspired by  a child slave that escaped slavery to speak out against it only to be killed for doing so. Craig inspired to put an end to child slavery. He started by bringing people together and discovered how powerful WE could be. Craig and  his brother Marc Kielburger believe that together, WE can change the world. (1)

 

I learned about the WE movement last year in grade eight at Banting middle school. We did bake sales to raised money to help children in other countries to get clean water.  At the time I did not question if they were a sustainable and honest charity. I did not known much more than that the good thing “the icing on the cake” that teachers have fed me. I saw a number of positive videos on what WE is doing and wanted to dig deeper.   I am curious to see what's inside that cake.

 

Charity Mission statement/ Vision:

The mission of the WE movement stated on the WE.org website  is

 

To work with developing communities to free children and their families from poverty and exploitation.

 

To empowering young people at home, connecting them with global issues and social causes, and partnering with schools to inspire young change-makers from within the classroom  

 

To  created an innovative social enterprise that provides products that make an impact, empowering people to change the world with their everyday consumer choices.” (1)

 

WE Charity states that it is committed to delivering a sustainable development model that empowers people to empower themselves, their families, their communities and the world. On there website  they claim to be raising money to address global problems, such as providing education, water, health resources, and nutrition to developing countries. (2) Of course some research is required to make sure they are having an impact.



How is  money raised and used:

 

Money is raise in a number of ways.(2)

  1. Online system where you could give a donations or  purchase a donation item for example A goat that keeps giving, or water for a family for life. (3)
  2. Gift in kind  25% of their donations are supplies used for their projects (2)
  3. ME to WE  Corporate partners. For example the Me to We school supplies at Staples.
  4. Local fundraising by youth in schools and the community. For example bake sales.
  5. Government



We Charity uses 90% of donations on project-related activities and 10% of donations on fundraising and administrative costs.

 

Domestic programs such as We Day and We Schools took up 63% of the program’s costs. The other 37% was made up of international programs and projects such as We Villages. For every dollar spent, 86 cents went to helping the cause donated too. (2)



Accomplishment

The Canadian Charity Intelligence gives WE Charity a  Charity Rating of 4/4 for donor accountability and a B+ grade for public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves. (4) The Charity navigator also gave We Charity a 4 star rating for accountability and transparency with 93 % of money going to the programs set out to do.(5)

 

During 2016-2018 they have:

-have had  26,534 speakers to volunteer their time to participate in We Day

-Raised $24.2m

-Supported 7,221 organizations

-Collected 2,555,483 pounds of food

-Taught new agricultural techniques to over 100 farmers in China

- facilitated  233,532 students from 11,802 schools to participate in We day

-Volunteers have volunteered 8,837,826 hours

-Built a borehole in Kenya that will help save community members 9,000 hours

-Inspired school worldwide

- Help lift over a million people out of poverty

And much more.(2)

I  believe We Charities are reliable and standing strong to help children around the world as well as staying true to their goals. Not only are they trying to make a difference, but ME to WE is also giving students the opportunity to make a big difference. The WE movement is not just working on the physical impact but also giving hope to these children. Canadian and American teachers involved in the program all took a survey, and 92% of them said that after their students participated in Me to WE they felt a stronger connection to their community with 89% of the students are more likely to stand up for others (1). This shows the positive impact on these children, how they are more focused as well as enriched in their values which to me is very important. I find that this is  really amazing and even inspirational, because that means that they are impacting the lives of people in developing countries and helping students to be able to make a difference. Teaching the values of working together may even help countries develop in a healthy non corrupt way. In my conclusion after thorough research I conclude that the cake is good, WE Charity is  good, loyal to its cause and a positive organisation worth sponsoring.

1 https://www.we.org/

2  https://www.wecharity.org/abou...ance/annual-reports/

3  https://forms.we.org/donation

4  https://www.charity intelligence...82-free-the-children

5 https://www.charitynavigator.o...mary&orgid=10481

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