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WE Charity’s Marc Kielburger, left, and Craig Kielburger, right, appear as witnesses via videoconference at a House of Commons finance committee hearing in Ottawa in July 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

WE Charity demise shows why trust, transparency are so critical for NGOs

On paper, WE Charity could have been the best partner to implement the federal government's student grant program. But the failure to be transparent eroded the public's trust and led to its demise.
Co-founders Craig (left) and Marc Kielburger introduce Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau as they appear at the WE Day celebrations in Ottawa in November 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The other WE Charity scandal: White saviourism

An intense controversy over sending Canadian teens to Cuba to cut sugar cane in the 1970s raises questions about why WE Charity's international development approach hasn't been controversial for years.
Charitable tax incentives enable the super-wealthy to redirect billions in tax dollars away from government programs toward their private philanthropic foundations and the causes they choose to support. (Shutterstock)

COVID-19 has exposed the limits of philanthropy

The growth of private foundations in Canada has occurred at the expense of government tax revenue. Philanthropic donations are dollars that have been redirected away from universal social services.

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