Monday, November 19, 2007

Canadians' generosity has transcended riches

Canadians' generosity has transcended riches: "'Canadians contribute with the resources they have and that includes money and talent and energy,' says Michael Hall, vice-president of research at Imagine Canada, a national charity that conducts research on the non-profit sector, and author of the study. Mr. Hall says the history of Canadian philanthropy is full of examples of ordinary people making small donations and inspiring others to do the same. For example, a $1,000 donation in 1944 by secretary Alice MacKay, who was interested in helping homeless women, was the beginning of the Vancouver Foundation, a community foundation that today distributes $40-million to projects in British Columbia."

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