Humber Fundraising News Analysis:
Federal Budget will have negative effect on nonprofits and charities.
The Canadian federal budget released March 23 2004
includes new rules for charities and nonprofits that may
reduce the amount of funding available, particularly from
foundations, and will increase the workload in the voluntary sector.
The government is also proposing new penalties for charities
that do not comply with regulations.
The attached report highlights the changes and offers suggestions for
"This could have severe negative affects on charities,
especially small grassroots groups," said Professor Ken Wyman,
coordinator of the Fundraising and Volunteer Management
post-graduate studies programme at Humber College
Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
The budget also announced changes to programmes
that overlap the work of the charitable sector,
such as education, health, the environment, international
development and seniors, to name a few.
Budget provisions will also affect the incomes of corporations,
foundations and individuals, which will affect their
ability to donate to charities.
"Budget proposals are not always implemented. There may
still be time convince the government to change the
most dangerous of the new policies, Professor Wyman said."