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East Africa Drought Relief Fund

July 25th, 2011 Comments off

The Government of Canada has established the East Africa Drought Relief Fund. The Government will match every dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities who are raising money for this Fund.

If you would like to have your donation matched through the Fund, donations must be made through registered Canadian charities. To verify your chosen organization is a registered charity, view the Charities Listings or call the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-267-2384.

For more information about how to donate wisely, check out Giving to charity: Information for donors from the Canada Revenue Agency.

If you are a registered charity thinking of raising money for the East Africa Drought Relief Fund, there are specific donating and fundraising criteria that must be met. Make sure to check out what an eligible donation includes. Registered charities must complete and send in the East Africa Drought Relief Fund Declaration Form to CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) on or before September 30.

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The LRC is hiring!

July 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Youth Program Coordinator

The Legal Resource Centre (LRC) is a public legal education and non-profit organization committed to creating access to legal information for Albertans. The LRC has designed and developed web sites and print resources in plain language for a variety of legal issues, users and learning styles. Collaboration and co-operation with other key community groups is an important part of how we operate. The Centre offers a flexible work setting and an excellent benefit package.

The Legal Resource Centre is seeking a Youth Program Coordinator to join our team for a two year project. The successful candidate will play a key role in identifying the need for legal information for youth, as well as developing resources and services to meet that need. This may be achieved by creating and distributing information and resources, as well as working closely with other community programs that offer services for youth in school and in the community.

Applicants must possess a Bachelor of Education with three to five years of teaching experience and a demonstrated ability to work with youth. Knowledge of the social studies curriculum is an asset.The successful applicant will possess very strong interpersonal skills and demonstrate an understanding about how to organize and present information. Strong writing skills, excellent technical skills, and experience in creating learning resources are all important.

This position is full-time until June 30, 2013.

Closing Date: August 22, 2011

For more information or to submit a resume, contact:

Dr. Diane Rhyason
Executive Director
Legal Resource Centre
201, 10350 – 124 Street
Edmonton, AB T5N 3V9
diane.rhyason@ualberta.ca
Ph: (780) 451-5285
Fax: (780) 451-2341

We thank all applicants for their interest in the Legal Resource Centre. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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What does accountability mean to registered charities?

July 13th, 2011 Comments off

Kristy from Charity Central here again. In my last post, I mentioned that I was new to the world of accountability and transparency for registered charities. Before diving any deeper into my job, I wanted to really figure out the basic meanings of these concepts for charities.

I have heard the word “accountability” applied to many things. My parents always taught my brothers and I to be accountable for our actions, as opposed to blaming each other and covering up the truth. We often hear stories in the media about disasters of financial accountability in the business world. We all “answer to a higher authority”, whether that is our boss, a spiritual being, or in my case, the matriarch of my family, my bossy great-grandmother. The broader definition of accountable is “being required or expected to justify actions or decisions or be responsible” (Oxford Online Dictionary).

So, how does accountability apply to charities?

Accountability for charities has two sides: internal and external. For example, externally charities must be accountable to a higher authority, like the Canada Revenue Agency or the Province, and internally to staff and stakeholders.

A clear definition is laid out in plain language at the beginning of Charity Central’s Road to Accountability Handbook.

Accountability is:

  • the responsibility to comply with legal requirements and requirements of your funders and other stakeholders;
  • staying on course with your organization’s purpose;
  • being faithful to its values;
  • delivering good programs and activities with performance measures; and
  • having good management practices.

External accountability has more consequences than just legal liability and regulatory enforcement. Stakeholders, donors, and staff want charities to manage their affairs in an easily observable and understood manner where information and decision-making processes and procedures can be clearly stated. This transparency allows a relationship of trust to develop.

In my next post, I will talk more about reasons for being accountable and transparent, so stay tuned!

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