An exploration of charity/non--charity partnerships in Canada

Susan Ramsundarsingh, Loren Falkenberg


While charities and non-charities both work toward the betterment of society, only registered charities are able to access charitable funding. This difference in access, combined with trends in the voluntary sector including challenges to the definition of what is charitable, a lengthy registration process, lack of capacity within the sector, and citizen engagement through community development, have contributed to charity/non-charity partnerships as an emerging practice. This study provides an exploration of charity/non-charity partnerships with a focus on understanding the practice and the policies governing them. Interviews with practitioners provide important context and a framework for understanding the different models of practice. Legal interviews provide guidance on applicable policies. The study highlights the gaps between policy and practice and provides recommendations for both.

Bien que de nombreux organismes se consacrent à créer une meilleure société, seuls les organismes de charité enregistrés peuvent accéder aux subventions caritatives. Cette différence d’accès, jointe à des tendances dans le secteur bénévole telles qu’un questionnement de la définition de ce qui est caritatif, un très long processus d’enregistrement, un manque de ressources et l’implication de citoyens dans le développement communautaire, a contribué à l’émergence de partenariats entre organismes de charité enregistrés et leurs compléments non enregistrés. Cette étude explore ces partenariats en se focalisant sur les pratiques et politiques qui les gouvernent. Des entretiens avec des participants offrent un contexte et cadre importants pour comprendre les divers modèles adoptés. Des entretiens sur le droit d’autre part mettent en lumière les politiques pertinentes. Cette étude souligne les écarts entre politique et pratique et fournit des recommandations pour les deux.


Fiscal sponsorship; Voluntary sector; Nonprofits; Charitable organizations; Partnership / Parrainage fiscal; Secteur bénévole; Organismes sans but lucrative; Association caritative; Partenariat

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