Money and the control of money are our themes in this number. How to get money always perplexes the charity, and Ian McCuaig runs through the standard and perhaps some less standard techniques, with a call for renewed energy in difficult times.
Sorting out the people who come calling for money is becoming increasingly difficult as the charitable sector grows and diversifies. The Better Business Bureau in Toronto has established a service to inform the public who is real and who is not. The program is reviewed in a Viewpoint.
When money is being solicited and spent, the government will not be far behind, setting rules for the game. On this subject, two contributors enlighten us. Continuing our coverage of various responses to Revenue Canada’s paper on “A Better Tax Administration in Support of Charities”, we follow last issue’s submissions by major charitable organizations with a learned response from Blake Bromley. Revenue Canada plans to continue the consultation during the fall of this year.
In addition, Neville McClure reports on recent proposals in the United Kingdom to overhaul its system of supervising charities, the Charities Commissioners. He demonstrates that the question of regulation never breaks free of political considerations, which may be as it should be in a democracy-but have the right political choices been made? The debate will continue.
John D. Gregory