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Green groups not the only charities taking foreign cash: CP


 

Environmental charities are not the largest recipients of foreign cash in the Canadian non-profit sector. At least not according to the Canadian Press. A CP analysis of tax records shows that, for all the heat green charities are taking over foreign money, only one—Ducks Unlimited Canada—is among the top ten recipients of charitable donations from outside Canada.

According to the story, most of the foreign money being funnelled into Canadian charities is actually coming from large organizations like the UN, which provide in-kind donations (food, supplies, etc.) which then end up recorded in tax forms as cash. McMaster University also made the donation list, partly because tuition from foreign students counts as “foreign funding.” (They also received a sizeable foreign grant for nuclear research.)

Still, the debate over foreign money and Canadian charities is, and will remain, about the environment, or, more specifically, the oil sands. People interested in climate change all over the world feel they have a vested interest in slowing or stopping development of the sands. To do that, they quite logically want to influence Canadian public opinion. Donations are good way to do that. The Conservatives, however, feel that’s dirty pool. (Or at least they feel like there’s something to be gained from pretending they feel that way.)

Caught in the middle of this is Tides Canada, a Vancouver charity that acts as a sort clearing house for other donors, including those from abroad. (Full disclosure: I once worked on a journalism fellowship funded by Tides.) Exactly how much money the organization is getting from abroad, however, is a bit of an open question. From the CP piece:

Tides Canada has reported $7.8 million in foreign income, according to CRA tax returns. That makes it the 16th-largest recipient of foreign money.

However, U.S. tax records show a different amount.

Annual filings to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service from tax-exempt and non-profit organizations show the Tides Canada Foundation has received more than $63 million from wealthy American foundations. That would put it third on the list of Canadian charities that received funding from outside the country.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation gave the Tides Canada Foundation almost $33 million, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation gave it nearly $14 million, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation gave it $11 million, and other groups gave it smaller amounts.

Ross McMillan of Tides Canada said wording on the CRA tax form changed in 2009 to include a line for revenue received from all sources outside Canada. Prior to this charities only reported foreign funding under “other gifts.”

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Canada Revenue Agency is now auditing Tides to make sure the organization is complying with all relevant laws.


 
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Green groups not the only charities taking foreign cash: CP

  1. Even this article which clearly mentions CPC posturing gives way too much credit to this as an issue.

  2. Unfortunately, the environmental lobby has worked hard to undermine virtually all progress in Canada, working to hard-left political goal of turning Canada into another third-world country. By so doing, they have made themselves, in my opinion, enemies of Canada and have, thereby, made themselves targets. They have only themselves to blame.

    On virtually every issue, they have been far too strident and aggressive, causing great distress and economic damage. One has to wonder who is really benefiting from their actions and what the political motivations those individuals, corporations or states may have.

    I say, “GOOD ON YOU!”, to the Conservatives for addressing this shameful abuse of our relatively lax laws and this total abuse of our freedoms of speech and assembly.

    • Good lord CPC hacks are sickening.

      • Perhaps… but much less so than the left-tards who insist on trying to turn us into a “have-not” country.

        • It will REALLY be a have not country when the oil dries up and we can’t rely on anything to bring in cash.

          • There’s enough oil there for many a year to come, so no need to worry just yet. Now, nuclear power would be a great way to go, if properly done — and it can be. For example, the US Navy has never had any problems with any of their shipboard reactors and they have been using them since 1950.

          • There’s enough oil there for many a year to come, so no need to worry just yet. Now, nuclear power would be a great way to go, if properly done — and it can be. For example, the US Navy has never had any problems with any of their shipboard reactors and they have been using them since 1950.

      • Oh.. and by the way… I am neither in the pay of the CPC nor a member of that organization. I am, however, equipped with a functioning brain and some good solid common sense, unlike the left-tards that dominate this pinko rag.

        • I question the functioning brain!

          • I suspect you are referring to your own rather feeble organ…

          • I suspect you are referring to your own rather feeble organ…

      • Not nearly as sickening as the utter manure that the left-tards around here dump.

    • I guess you don’t consider election fraud as any kind of abuse?

      • If it could ever actually be proven in a court of law as opposed to presumed by the MSM and a bunch of mealy-mouthed left-tards.

        • Your normal meds not working DC? You might want to move onto something a little stronger. Lithium carbonate. It tempers mental relapses, smoothes out the manic highs, and brings you in for a landing. Get your doctor to write you out a prescription. I’ve seen the results work for some pretty serious cases of psychotic episodes like yours.

          • I see you are speaking from personal experience, metropika…

            Only thing is, I am not the psychotic one here. That would be all you silly left-tards.

          • LOL

          • I see you are speaking from personal experience, metropika…

            Only thing is, I am not the psychotic one here. That would be all you silly left-tards.

            I actually would not be surprised if, when all is said and done, it turns out to be some left-tard hacker type that has tried to set up a CPC staffer. It is the kind of thing they would do.

  3. Seriously? Whats their agenda? How about protecting our most valuable resource in Canada (the environment) Enemies of Canada? For trying to protect Canada for the next generation(s)… yeah, sounds like an enemy to me. You’re not a dismayed citizen, but a developmentally delayed citizen.

    • Easy there, people with developmental delays typically have more wisdom than the “dismayed citizen” whose inane rant is posted above.

    • Actually, though the motives you ascribe are certainly those that the enviro-Nazis insist on throwing about, I seriously doubt that any such motive actually is there for the leaders of the movement and those that fund it.

  4. For foreigners and their Canadian treasonist comrades to continue to undermine Canada’s economy, and future well being, they’ll have to find another way to try and launder money. The “charities” charade has been exposed and if foreigners and their Canadian capo’s want to continue destroying Canadian sovereignty they’ll have to conjure up another way to cheat.

    • I guess it’s alright for the oil companies to bring in foreign money but not for anyone opposing them?

  5. What is the fed gov so worried about? Both review processes (the old way and the new streamlined way) will return the same outcome, so why bother to create all this hullabaloo.

    • And this audit isn’t going to turn up anything serious, and probably nothing at all – a waste of $8 million.

  6. It doesn’t matter how much money is donated to Candian Enviromentalists, the bottom line will always be, the need and the greed for oil won’t be stopped by any organization.