Checking out on checkout charity

Customers face making a quick decision and without enough information. Can grocers fix this process?

Checking out on checkout charityMost of us have been asked to donate to charity at the checkout counter, especially at a grocery store. A dollar here, two dollars there adds up. The practice started years ago but appears to be growing. It’s estimated that more $35 million is raised by simply asking Canadians to donate at the cash register.…

Working to ensure there are no hungry kids in Calgary

Tanya Koshowski of Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids talks about links to education, better mental health and avoiding the poverty cycle

Working to ensure there are no hungry kids in CalgaryTanya Koshowski is executive director at Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids. What is Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids and what does it do? Koshowski: Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) is a grassroots-focused and community-funded organization that works with people all over our city to feed kids who would otherwise go without a healthy lunch…

Charitable donations in Alberta rise to $1.6 billion in 2017

But the province had the largest decrease in the number of donors at 4.4 per cent with 585,490 donors in total

Charitable donations in Alberta rise to $1.6 billion in 2017People across Alberta were more generous charitable donors in 2017 from the previous year, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Friday that total donations reported by Alberta tax filers jumped to $1.6 billion in 2017, up 9.1 per cent from 2016. “For Alberta, this was in sharp contrast to the decrease the…

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign $5 million behind goal this year

The fundraising allows Army units in 400 communities help Canadians with the basic necessities of life

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign $5 million behind goal this yearThe Salvation Army is sounding the alarm bell. With only five days until Christmas, the Army’s annual Kettle Campaign is $5.3 million behind its $21-million fundraising goal for this year across Canada. “We rely heavily on our Kettle Campaign to fund our community and social service programs,” said Lt.-Col. John Murray, secretary for communications for…

Charitable giving as a share of income plunges in Canada

Who would have thought the Grinch was Canadian? Of the 15 least-generous jurisdictions in North America, 12 are in Canada

Charitable giving as a share of income plunges in CanadaThe amount of money Canadians donate to registered charities – as a share of their income – has plummeted 32.2 per cent since 2006, according to a new report released Thursday by the Fraser Institute, a public policy think-tank. “Canadians continue to donate less and less every year, which means charities face greater challenges to…

Financing solutions instead of funding problems

How Karma & Cents embraces the notion that successful companies are built like communities, on trust with people at the centre

Financing solutions instead of funding problemsGena Rotstein and Richard Ouellette are founders of Karma & Cents. What is Karma & Cents? When did you start it? Why? And what does it do? Answer: The idea of Karma & Cents was started, as many other great ideas do, over a meal, a bottle of wine and great conversation. We (Gena Rotstein…

Baby Gourmet seeks to ensure healthy food choices for babies

Calgary-based company partnering with a Hamilton agency to provide essential needs to young families

Baby Gourmet seeks to ensure healthy food choices for babiesCalgary-based  Baby Gourmet 's Heart of Baby Gourmet platform wants to ensure every child in Canada has access to healthy food. For years, the company has supported food banks in Canada. It’s now partnering as well with an agency in Hamilton, Ont., to provide essential needs to young families. “Baby Gourmet has been a trusted part…

Life and meal lessons from Cat Bauce of Mangia Catering

The local chef embraces her family’s culture, resilience and connection in her pursuit of business success

Life and meal lessons from Cat Bauce of Mangia CateringCat Bauce is chef and owner of Mangia Catering & Takeout. When and why did you start Mangia Catering? Bauce: Mangia (pronounced maun-jah) is the Italian word for eat. My family said prayer at every meal (a little thank you), and after we said amen comes a pause (as a child this pause felt like…

United Way launches fall fundraising campaign

Calgary’s corporate and business community is expected to once again step up to the plate. Last year the Calgary and area campaign raised $52.6 million

United Way launches fall fundraising campaignCalgary’s corporate and business community is expected to once again step up to the plate as an integral supporter of the United Way of Calgary and Area, which has launched its annual fall fundraising campaign. The Calgary and area campaign raised $52.6 million last year. The campaign runs until the end of the year. Karen…

How to address social inequality without an inheritance tax

Ideas about taxing, restricting or abolishing your inheritance have been floated by western social thinkers for centuries

How to address social inequality without an inheritance taxShould Canadians be taxed on inheritance? The question is increasingly being asked, but the answer is not straight-forward. This discussion is inherently linked to maintaining inequality from one generation to another – and basically to a skewing of the playing field of life from the start. Such debates aren’t new. In fact, they centre on…