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Driving Forward: 2013 Annual Report

Leadership Message

Reflecting on 2013 means remembering a year of enthusiastic action, inspiring dedication, and most importantly, real impact to strengthen the charitable sector in Canada. This was the first year of our new three-year Strategic Plan and we have delivered with purpose in a very real way on many fronts. Through our Strategic Plan we are looking to deliver on three broad external outcomes. There is still much to do for sure but we can celebrate some great achievements.

The charitable and nonprofit sector has a stronger, more cohesive and more proactive voice in national public policy 

In this last year, through our collective work, we got the First-Time Donor’s Super Credit in the federal budget. We see this as the first step towards achieving the full Stretch Tax Credit for Charitable Giving that we have been advocating for a number of years now. In what was essentially an austerity budget, this is a big win. We also got an exemption for charities from the new Anti-Spam legislation, a crucial measure that will save millions of dollars that charities will be able to put to better use by providing quality programs and services to their communities. And, 2013 was the year we created and launched the first-ever position of Chief Economist for the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector in order to strengthen our policy and research capacity as well as our national voice.

Organizations in the sector are more transparent and have access to the tools and resources to improve governance and demonstrate impact 

Although this is a long-term goal for Imagine Canada, we can point to some major accomplishments including reaching a great milestone of having 200 participating organizations in the Imagine Canada Standards Program only 18 months after the official launch — a great indicator of momentum. And, of this number, 24% have fewer than 5 staff — a testimony to the fact that our Standards Program is truly relevant to both small and large charities. Sector Source was also launched as a new generation bilingual portal to provide resources, tools and practical information to help charities and nonprofits be as good as they can be.

Canadians have a better understanding of the role and impact of the charitable and nonprofit sector

There are some really exciting opportunities for our sector in the years ahead but there are also some daunting challenges. Part of our collective strategy to address the challenges has been to help start a new conversation with Canadians so that there is a better understanding of our sector’s role and contribution to society and to the economy. So much depends on this, including our ability to attract the resources, financial and human, that we need to do our work. It was a great feeling to be able to move forward with the first phase of our Narrative Initiative including the 2014 launch of our Core Resource that will continue to be augmented and improved. Through the Narrative, leaders in the sector will have access to the best information and data possible to make the case for what we are all about. If we can begin to speak more effectively to Canadians about our work, the rest will follow. To build on this, 2013 was the year in which we handed out awards for the Students (Verb) Charities national contest, an initiative to help us talk about the important role of charities to Canada but through the eyes of university and college students.

And now driving forward…

Much still needs to be done to deliver on the outcomes identified in our Strategic Plan but we are pleased with the progress made. In 2014, new President and CEO Bruce MacDonald will assume responsibility for building on the current momentum, continuing to improve our ability to support charities so that they can better serve Canadians and communities here and around the world.

In closing, let us say that the progress that has been made during the last year was made possible through the amazing team of professionals working at Imagine Canada, the dedicated and visionary Board of Directors, the growing number of highly skilled volunteers, the insightful Advisory Council and our supportive Sector Champions and members from across the country. We thank them all. And, of course, it would be impossible to have any impact without the resources that our many generous funders provide. We are most grateful for their trust and confidence.

À la prochaine!  

Stéphane Vaillancourt
Chair, Board of Directors
Marcel Lauzière
President & CEO
Parliament Hill

We need to ensure that opinion leaders and members of the public understand the role of the sector and the legitimacy of our public policy engagement. We realize that we must come together across geography and sub-sectors, within a shared infrastructure, so that on issues of cross-cutting importance we can leverage our resources, reduce duplication, and maximize our impact. In 2013, we introduced critical components of this infrastructure that significantly strengthened our ability to inform and engage the sector, politicians, government officials, the media and the public in a credible, timely and proactive way.

we established and hired the first-ever Chief Economist for Canada’s charitable and nonprofit Sector

Following a long and distinguished career in the public service and with economic credentials from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Essex in England, Brian Emmett joined Imagine Canada in 2013 in the unique role of Chief Economist for Canada’s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector. The Chief Economist analyzes and provides advice about policies, programs and legislation that affect the sector.

why this matters

Charities and nonprofits are an important part of the economy. As Chief Economist, Brian Emmett is responsible for measuring the impact of the sector and bringing its economic issues forward to public policy decision makers.

“Imagine Canada has named Brian Emmett the nation’s first-ever chief economist for the charitable and nonprofit sector. What a great idea!” — Ruth McCambridge, Nonprofit Quarterly

we intervened to exempt charities from Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL)

Our work, in partnership with others, led to an exemption from CASL regulations for registered charities using electronic communications for the primary purpose of raising funds.

why this matters

The regulations had the potential to impact charities’ finances and their ability to reach out to and engage with supporters, donors and beneficiaries. Charities will avoid significant costs:

  • Those that are exempt will not have to update their IT systems or engage expensive consulting or legal advice.
  • Those that carry out some commercial activities that may be subject to the new regulations will nonetheless see the impact substantially reduced as only their solely commercial messaging will be affected.
“I wish to thank you for Imagine Canada’s outstanding advocacy that resulted in Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) exempting commercial electronic communications from registered charities. We acknowledge and are appreciative of this noteworthy success, and value your team’s time in seeing this important agenda through to completion.” — Wendy Zufelt-Baxter, Executive Director of Advancement, Shad Valley International

we helped prevent the loss of an important tax exemption for hospital parking

Left unchallenged, a provision in the 2013 federal budget would have had a dramatic impact on hospital foundations — making them liable for GST/HST on the parking facilities that they run. We worked with hospital foundations to raise the issue with the Minister of Finance and were successful in gaining an exemption for hospital parking.

why this matters

  • The successful resolution of this issue will result in at least $30 million a year in savings to the affected charities.
  • The loss of this exemption would have been a troubling precedent for the entire charitable sector.

we helped get the First-Time Donor’s Super Credit in the federal budget

The First-Time Donor’s Super Credit, announced in the 2013 federal budget, adds 25 percentage points to the Charitable Tax Credit for donations made by individuals who have not claimed (and whose spouse has not claimed) the Charitable Tax Credit since 2007.

why this matters

  • This measure encourages more Canadians to give to charities.
  • We see this as step towards the Stretch Tax Credit, which has been endorsed by charities throughout the country. The ‘stretch’ will broaden the donor base in Canada, and encourage those who already give, to give more. The Super Credit will help us make real progress on broadening the donor base, generating up to $110 million a year from new donors.

we identified concerns with proposed changes to the Nonprofit Accounting Standards that would negatively affect the sector

The Accounting Standards Board and the Public Sector Accounting Board invited feedback on a number of proposed changes to accounting standards affecting nonprofit organizations — changes that could have had a substantial impact on how nonprofits report their numbers. Given the extent and the importance of these proposed changes, we urged nonprofits to take the time to review the proposal. We formulated a response which we encouraged others to endorse or adapt for their own organizations. Working with our rapid response group and sector conveners such as the Ontario Nonprofit Network, we recommended these two important bodies review and reconsider their proposed changes to the accounting standards.

why this matters

  • Accounting standards are extremely important for how nonprofits communicate with funders, donors, the media, etc.
  • If we had not identified concerns with the proposed new accounting standards and mobilized a rapid response team, the accounting boards would not be aware of some of the realities these nonprofits face. This could create significant accounting problems for nonprofits large and small.
“I just wanted to thank Imagine Canada for its help in getting the word out to nonprofits about the proposed principles for accounting standards changes for comment. We had an amazing response rate to it – more than almost any other document for comment in our history!” — Daniella Girgenti, Communications Manager, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

connecting the sector: National Engagement Strategy

We remain focused on our strategy to strengthen the collective voice of the sector, create and strengthen linkages, networks and partnerships and support the sharing of knowledge and innovation. The overall objectives of the National Engagement Strategy served as a strategic driver for a number of our accomplishments in 2013, including our new Early Alert System and our Narrative Toolkit.

“We value the collaborative relationship we have with Imagine Canada. It is great to know we can rely on Imagine to stay abreast of federal policy issues and keep us informed. In turn, we are able to share their policy alerts or other resources with our wide network of contacts in this region.”

Katherine van Kooy, President & CEO, Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations

working with other umbrella organizations

We are working collaboratively with close to 30 local, regional and national organizations that have been identified for their leadership and strong connections. This collaboration helps us to convene and mobilize organizations across the sector on issues that matter to them.

keeping organizations in the loop: Early Alert System

In 2013, we established an Early Alert System to provide our member organizations with more context about federal public policy developments and information about how they can respond and become involved. We monitor Parliamentary activity, upcoming legislation and proposed regulations to help charities assess their possible implications. The Early Alert System reduces duplication and allows sector leaders to focus public policy resources on those issues that are most strategic and effective.

mobilizing sector influencers: Rapid Response teams

Connected to the Early Alert System, we also established rapid response teams to enable key sector organizations, staff and volunteers to use their expertise to influence emerging and ongoing federal issues. Rapid response teams are comprised of charity leaders who research, develop and promote original public policy initiatives and respond to proposed pan-Canadian policies. 

Moving towards 2014

we advocate for a federal budget that reflects the importance of the charitable sector in our economy

In 2013, we provided a brief to the Commons Finance Committee in response to pre-budget questions. Our brief focused on equitable access to business development and support services, a firm commitment to a Stretch Tax Credit for Charitable Giving and reducing red tape through improved administration of grant and contribution programs. We were pleased with the 2014 federal budget measures relating to charities announced in February, which included a number of changes in response to our recommendations.

we’re advocating for a postage system that makes sense for charities

Postage rate increases announced by Canada Post in 2013 had the potential to disproportionately and negatively impact charities — particularly smaller organizations. Working with charities across Canada, we immediately started a conversation with postal authorities about our concerns. Resulting in a suite of relief measures announced by Canada Post. We will continue to explore a longer-term pricing solution for charities as well as begin discussions on how Canada Post can increases awareness of the mailing services that are the most advantageous to our sector.

“I just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you that I am very impressed with the letter to Minister Raitt regarding the Canada Post rate increases vis-à-vis charities’ non-discretional expenses. I thought it was very well researched and plainly presented. Well done!” — Gwen Kerr, Managing Director, Cumberland Health Care Foundation

Improving transparency by providing tools and resources

Charities are looking at ways to improve their effectiveness and their governance and they realize that the confidence and trust of the public are essential for the success of our sector. Although research indicates most Canadians trust charities, it also shows considerable dissatisfaction with some practices and with the level of transparency of some organizations. In recent years, media coverage and political rhetoric about the sector have sometimes been quite negative. For the long-term health of the sector, we need to strengthen public confidence and trust in charities. In 2013, we provided resources and services that helped organizations improve their practices and demonstrate transparency.

we strengthened the capacity of 61 more Canadian charities and nonprofits through our Standards Program

The Standards Program has two streams: publicly available tools and resources to improve practices and a peer-review-based accreditation process through which organizations can demonstrate that they comply with the standards.

A growing number of charities are stepping forward to participate in the Standards Program. At the end of 2013, we had 210 active participants. Of these, 82 had achieved accreditation with the remainder working towards it.  

why this matters

  • When charities and nonprofits meet the 73 standards in the areas of governance, financial transparency and accountability, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement, it validates their dedication to strong organizational operations.
  • The Standards Program is improving how participating charities are run. The Program serves as a focal point to help nonprofits ensure their operations are in order to reinforce their mission-driven work.
  • Strong organizations with strong practices lead to stronger public confidence in charities and nonprofits as well as overall respect for the sector’s contributions to the communities they serve.

Engaging volunteers: Standards Council & Peer Reviewers

The Standards Program is led by Imagine Canada on behalf of the sector with invaluable volunteer contributions from Standards Council members and peer reviewers. Members of the Council oversee the Program, and peer reviewers assess applications and make accreditations decisions.

“Working as a team, we were able to increase our organization’s transparency and capacity, and to strengthen public confidence in KidsAbility Foundation and the nonprofit sector as a whole.” — Lisa Talbot, Executive Director, KidsAbility Foundation

we made it easier for Canadians to access and understand basic information about Canada’s 86,000+ charities

The Charity Focus website grew in popularity in 2013 and is fast becoming Canada’s go-to bilingual source of information about charities. In addition to showing several years’ worth of financial details, the site makes it possible for charities to upload information about their programs and results. charityfocus.ca

why this matters

  • We make accessing this information easy through the Charity Focus website because we understand that public accountability, transparency and good governance are — and should be - important to Canadians.
  • People want to be able to easily research and understand basic information about the charities they support — or plan to support.
“We pride ourselves on being transparent. Charity Focus gives donors more options, and allows them to see and appreciate where their important dollars are going.” — Erin Boudreau, Covenant House Toronto

“Charity Focus provides a great way for nonprofit organizations to demonstrate transparency and for donors to research the causes they care about in one place. The ability to highlight the work we do and include our financial statements and annual reports on a trusted site will help us build our profile and build trust with our donors.”

Lisa Cloutier, Big Sisters of BC and the Lower Mainland

we made it easier for charities to submit their annual tax filings through the T3010 Quick Prep

The T3010 Quick Prep is a tool that helps charities better understand and complete the Canada Revenue Agency’s T3010 form. quickprep.ca

why this matters

  • Making it easier to file this information, error-free, improves the quality of the information charities submit to the Canada Revenue Agency.
  • Better, more accurate information for Canadians means greater transparency for the sector.
“I just wanted to pass along my thoughts about the new T3010 QuickPrep tool – in a word: AWESOME. It is such a great tool and has taken a lot of the onerous nature of the form away.” — Susan O’Reilly, The Natural Step (Canada) Inc.

Curating a ‘how-to’ guide for charities and nonprofits: Sector Source

In 2013, we launched Sector Source, a national, bilingual online resource centre for people who work in or volunteer for charities and nonprofits. Through Sector Source, we curate and provide information about the business of operating charities and nonprofits, in the areas of board governance, fundraising, financial accountability, human resources and volunteer involvement. Use of the resources on the new site is up 60% from the site’s predecessor. Sector Source helps nonprofit staff and volunteers save time searching for the accurate, credible information they need.

Helping Canadians to better understand the role and impact of the charitable sector

The charitable sector has a remarkable story to tell — in addition to contributing to the fabric of society, our sector is a significant economic force and has played a pivotal role in building and defining our nation. Yet we have not always been successful in sharing this story with Canadians. In 2013, we took steps to better understand how Canadians perceive the sector, engaged the next generation in promoting our value and started creating the tools needed for a new conversation about our sector’s role and impact.

we discovered that Canadians’ trust in charities is strong and that transparency and accountability are more important to them than ever

In 2013, Imagine Canada did the analysis for The Muttart Foundation’s Talking About Charities survey of over 3,500 Canadians.  The report was released in the fall by The Muttart Foundation.

why this matters

  • Talking About Charities revealed that 93% of Canadians believe that charities are important to Canadians and 79% have some or a lot of trust in charities.
  • We now also know trust levels have decreased since 2000 and Canadians are increasingly asking hard questions about how we conduct ourselves and how we use our resources. This is important to know so that we can find ways, as a sector, to give them better answers.
"This report is an excellent resource for charities, as it provides insight into how the public perceives charities and the issues that affect them. ...charities may want to use the report to help them compare their practices with public opinion." — Terrance Carter, Carters Professional Corporation

we engaged the next generation in talking about and promoting the value of the sector through the Students (Verb) Charities contest

With co-sponsor The Muttart Foundation, we asked students at publicly funded post-secondary institutions to create public awareness campaigns about how charities impact the quality of life in Canada and throughout the world.

why this matters

  • By asking students to participate in this contest (awards were presented in June 2013), we started conversations with this generation about the importance of the charitable sector and gleaned insights about how they view our work.
  • The contest submissions have provided inspiration and creative approaches for increasing awareness of our sector’s contributions.

“I am so grateful to have been a part of Students (Verb) Charities from the beginning, as it presented me and my team with the opportunity to put everything we had learned over 5+ years of schooling (each!) into a tangible, successful campaign… Achieving first place in the nation-wide contest has also given me the confidence I need to find a job in my field when I return, which is a pretty rare thing for recent graduates in this current job market.”

Courtney Brecht, Student (Verb) Charities contest winner

tracking the state of charities: Sector Monitor

Sector Monitor is a survey program through which we regularly monitor the state of charities across the country and their ability to deliver their missions. We do this to understand the issues facing charities, to share this information with stakeholders and to make decisions about priority areas for action. Key findings of our summer 2013 report include: confidence among charity leaders is rising, financial pressures are increasing and levels of human and financial resources have remained constant. Also, levels of confidence in the future vary with organizational stress and leaders’ predicted capacity to deliver on mission.

Earned Income Report

In 2013, we released our first report about earned income-generating activities of Canadian charities, based on a summary of findings from our Sector Monitor program. Understanding the role, challenges and opportunities of earned income in the charitable sector sets the foundation for what sector leaders should be thinking about going forward. A key achievement of the report is that it highlights how important earned income already is for the charitable sector. It also reveals what types of charities are most involved in earned income generation and how they use the revenues they generate.

As a companion to the research report, we also released The Earned Income Framework. The Framework sets out an integrated way of thinking about earned income activities and mainstreams its key concepts for charities and nonprofits.

using online communications: social media and the Imagine Canada blog

Social media is an increasingly important channel for communicating with our members and sharing information about and with the sector in general.  Through the combination of social media and our blog, we connect our audiences to timely, relevant and useful information about charities, the environment in which they operate, and the issues that affect the sector as a whole. Sharing this information also serves as a catalyst for broader discussions and engagement.

why this matters

  • In 2013, social media played an important role in welcoming, supporting and encouraging our new and existing members.
  • We delivered a Twitter campaign asking individual members of parliament to support a Stretch Tax Credit.

Moving towards 2014

we are providing the tools needed to create a new conversation with Canadians about our sector’s role, impact, legitimacy and trustworthiness

There are too many signs that our sector is poorly understood. We need new ways to talk about our contributions to society and to the economy. In 2013, we focused on the development of the New Narrative tool kit by consulting widely and building simple, practical tools relevant to all subsectors. The full Narrative Toolkit was launched in early 2014.

Red umbrella amongst black umbrellas

A stronger, independent, better connected and more financially viable national umbrella organization for the charitable sector

To be effective, Imagine Canada must be independent, well connected to the charitable sector and other sectors including business, and we must have the necessary resources to do our work. A more sustainable Imagine Canada can contribute more to the success of charities. In 2013, we took measures that help Imagine Canada to be less dependent on project-based revenue, while boosting our reputation as the premier organization in Canada focused on the charitable sector. This, in turn, allowed us to strengthen the sector’s access to the resources it needs to serve Canadians and communities here and around the world.

we provided Canadian charities with access to major funding opportunities through Grant Connect

In 2013 we celebrated the first year anniversary of Grant Connect: a bilingual database with detailed, searchable information on thousands of major funders (formerly loved as the Canadian Directory to Foundations & Corporations).

why this matters

  • Grant Connect saves charities of any size countless fundraising hours through reducing the amount of multi-source research required by providing current and detailed funder profiles in one place.
  • In 2013, charities who used Grant Connect reported an 11 times return on investment. On average, the grants awarded as a result of using Grant Connect were 11x higher than the combined subscription and staff costs incurred. 
“The accuracy of the funder information in Grant Connect is so good that I can rely on it 100%.” — Kimberley Bailey, Director of Advancement at St. Michael's College School

“I use Grant Connect as my ‘go-to’ service for information about foundations in Canada.  Its design fits how I choose to work enabling me to do initial research, save and re-use information, and add to it from other sources.  It is a rich resource and a time-saver.”

Ewart Newton, Director of Development, JUMP Math

we strengthened and connected the sector through our membership program

Our members support the work and vision of Imagine Canada and receive benefits in the areas of engagement and networking, education and resources, discounts, and recognition. Through their participation, our 1,265 members supported the growth and vitality of the whole sector. imaginecanada.ca/membership

Communicating with our members

  • Through our weekly newsletter, Imagine Matters, we keep members updated on all of our upcoming events, activities, and reports.
  • In 2013, we launched a Members Area of our website providing easier access to tools, resources and information about the benefits of membership.

Sector Champions

Our 65 Sector Champions are Imagine Canada member organizations — sector leaders that provide us with additional support and guidance.

why this matters

  • Sector Champions provide advice and knowledge to Imagine Canada that is critical to keeping our work relevant, representative and on the right track.
  • Our Sector Champions are committed as reflected in a 98% retention rate in 2013.
“Our membership has given us access to tremendous resources and tools over the years we appreciate the work you do!” — Threads of Life (via Twitter)

promoting corporate-citizenship: Caring Companies

The Caring Company Program, Canada’s oldest and leading corporate citizenship initiative, recognizes businesses’ investment of money, ideas and time in innovation and corporate citizenship. Our 94 Caring Companies demonstrate and build greater engagement with the charitable sector.

Engaging community investment leaders

  • We produced information to help companies explain the First-time Donor’s Super Credit to their employees along with provincial breakdowns of the credit’s benefits.
  • We hosted, in Regina and in partnership with SaskPower, the Boston College Fast Track Certificate Course in Corporate Community Involvement Excellence for 32 community investment professionals representing 13 companies.
  • We supported community investment research in partnership with the Conference Board and Volunteer Canada

Fundraising to increase our capacity: Leadership for a Stronger Canada

In 2013, we achieved our three-year fundraising goal and were pleased to welcome a number of new program sponsors to our community of supporters.

Moving towards 2014

we continue to seek insights from sector leaders in order to guide our work

In January 2014, we brought our Sector Champions together in person for a two-day roundtable in order to learn from each other, build networks and ensure that Imagine Canada’s positioning and priorities are of importance to the charitable sector.

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Our People

The purpose-driven people who advance our ambitious agenda have made our 2013 progress and accomplishments possible. Imagine Canada is fortunate to work with a board of directors that exemplifies the best in nonprofit governance, an advisory council that keeps us relevant and on-course and a highly qualified staff team that is dedicated to our long term vision for the sector. 

Board of Directors

  • Ian Bird*
  • Tim Brodhead*
  • Owen Charters
  • Derek Gent**
  • Darlene Jamieson**
  • Miranda Lam*
  • Elisa Levi
  • Bruce MacDonald**
  • Kevin McCort
  • Tim Moro
  • Mike Pedersen**
  • Peter Robinson
  • Lee Rose
  • Caroline Sauriol
  • Martha J. Tory
  • Willy Van Klooster
  • Stéphane Vaillancourt, Chair (from June 2013)
  • Faye Wightman, Chair (until June 2013)
  • Bob Wyatt

*Term ended May 2013
**Term started in May 2013

Advisory Council

  • Father Paul J. Abbass
  • Lucie Alègre
  • Beth Bilson
  • Michelle Dagnino
  • Lois Fine
  • Gordon Floyd
  • Martin Garber-Conrad
  • Sandy Houston
  • Jason Kelly
  • Denis Lalonde
  • David LePage
  • Susan Lewis
  • Dianne Lister
  • Janice Loomer Margolis
  • Susan Manwaring
  • Mark Rodgers
  • Teresa Marques
  • Jill H. McAlpine
  • Susan McIsaac
  • Danny Michaud
  • David Morley
  • Allan Northcott
  • Brad Offman
  • Patti Pon
  • Vinod Rajasekaran
  • Julia Sánchez
  • Sharon Snook
  • David Toycen
  • Stéphane Vaillancourt
  • Dick Vollet

2013 Staff

  • Karen Alebon
  • Paul Anderson
  • Cathy Barr
  • Zeke Bruzon
  • Brenda
  • Cameron Couch*
  • Lynn Chambers
  • Brynn Clarke
  • Diane M. Ellison
  • Brian Emmett
  • Stephen Faul
  • Brittany Fritsch
  • Michelle Gauthier
  • Ian Gibney
  • Ann Gratton
  • Marnie Grona
  • Shanti Hadioetomo
  • Bill Harper
  • Lisa Hartford
  • Devon Hurvid
  • Erica Ip
  • Sol Kasimer
  • Meg Kwasnicki
  • David Lasby
  • Marcel Lauzière
  • Haley MacDonald
  • Amanda Mayer
  • Michael Meadows
  • Joan Mitchell
  • Siobhan Moran
  • Olena Panfyorov
  • Margot Porter
  • Farah Rafi
  • Bill Schaper
  • Galina Shapiro
  • Toni Stockton
  • Lainie Towell*
  • Maria Volakhava

*Left Imagine Canada in 2013

Financial Summary

The information below for the year end December 31 is derived from the financial statements for 2013, which were audited by Grant Thornton LLP. Our complete audited financial statements and T3010 Registered Charity Information Return, as filed with the Canada Revenue Agency, are available at our Annual Reports section.

Community of Supporters

Imagine Canada donors, sponsors and funders not only make our work possible financially, but in supporting us, also validate the importance of our work. Thank you to our visionary 2013 supporters — champions of Canada’s charitable sector.

Leadership for a Stronger Canada

Centraide du Grand Montréal
Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life*
Investors Group*
La Fondation J. Armand Bombardier
Mackenzie Strategic Charitable Giving Foundation
Metcalf Foundation
Miller Thomson
Power Corporation of Canada
PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada Foundation
Sick Kids Foundation
TD Bank Group*
The Calgary Community Foundation
The Max Bell Foundation
The Winnipeg Foundation
Tides Canada
United Way Alberta Capital Region
United Way Calgary
United Way Toronto
World Vision
Vancouver Community Foundation*

Foundation Donors

Deloitte Canada Foundation
Framework Foundation
Ivey Foundation
The Agora Foundation*
The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation*
The Muttart Foundation*

The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an Agency of the Government of Ontario*

The Suncor Energy Foundation*

Program Sponsors

Charity Focus
Cenovus Energy*
RBC Foundation*

Charity Tax Tools
Carters Professional Corporation
Scotiabank Group

Chief Economist for Canada’s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector
An Anonymous Donor
PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada Foundation
The Muttart Foundation*

The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an Agency of the Government of Ontario*

Vancouver Community Foundation*

Ethical Code and Standards Program

Founding and Presenting Sponsor: Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life*

Funding by: BMO Financial Group*, The Printing House Ltd. (TPH)
Friends: KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

T3010 Quick Prep

Sector Champions Roundtable
KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)
Mackenzie Investments
Miller Thomson

Sector Source
Carters Professional Corporation
Government of Ontario*
The Agora Foundation*
The Co-operators

Students (Verb) Charities
The Muttart Foundation*

*Imagine Canada National Partners

Friends of Imagine Canada

  • Karen Alebon
  • Cathy Barr*
  • Beth Bilson
  • Ian Bird
  • Malcolm Burrows
  • Andy Chabot
  • Lynn Chambers
  • Owen Charters
  • Stephen Faul*
  • Gordon Floyd
  • Ted Garrard*
  • Michelle Gauthier*
  • Barbara Grantham
  • Marnie Grona
  • Scott Haldane
  • Bill Harper
  • Brian Harrison*
  • Lisa Hartford*
  • Darlene Jamieson
  • Chuck Kaplan
  • Sol Kasimer*
  • Robert Kleinman
  • Meg Kwasnicki
  • Marcel Lauzière*
  • Elisa Levi
  • Janice Loomer-Margolis
  • Bruce MacDonald
  • Haley MacDonald
  • Kevin McCort
  • Don McCreesh*
  • Micheline McKay
  • John D. McKellar
  • Teresa Marques
  • Michael Meadows
  • David Morley
  • Brad Offman
  • Mike Pedersen*
  • Joyce Potter
  • Peter Robinson*
  • Bill Schaper
  • Paul Shay
  • Yves Savoie
  • Georgina Steinsky*
  • Martha Tory*
  • Stéphane Vaillancourt
  • Willy Van Klooster
  • Kristine Webber
  • Faye Wightman*
  • Sandra Wilking
  • Bob Wyatt*

*Member of the Chair’s Circle

Every effort has been made to list all donors accurately, but if you discover any errors or omissions, please accept our apology and call to correct, 416 597 2293 ext. 312.

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Imagine Canada volunteers are integral to our operations. They are our advisors and hands- on talent helping us to get the work done. They amplify our impact and make our successes possible. Thank you to all Imagine Canada volunteers for your work on our behalf in 2013!

  • Dr. Jacline Abray-Nyman
  • Jason Aebig
  • Craig Alexander
  • Janet Allan
  • Daniel Arnott
  • Steven Ayer
  • Jane A. Baird
  • Denise Baker
  • Michelle Baldwin
  • Pedro Barata
  • Ann Barnard Ball
  • Jacques Bérubé
  • Rahul Bhardwaj
  • Beth Bilson
  • Ian Bird
  • Alison Bledsoe
  • Mark Blumberg
  • Leslie Booth
  • Susan Bower
  • Carmen Boyko
  • Guy Bradbury
  • Pat Bradley
  • Linda Brazier-
  • Lamoureux
  • Peter Broder
  • Tim Brodhead
  • Rhae Ann Bromley
  • Trish Bronsch
  • Chantel Broten
  • Scott Bryan
  • Amy Buskirk
  • Michelle Campbell
  • Robin Cardozo
  • Jennifer Carreiro
  • David Carroll
  • Terrance Carter
  • Kristine Cassie
  • Andrea Caven
  • Owen Charters
  • Celina Ray Chavannes
  • Andrew Chunilaill
  • Michelle Coombs
  • Tom Coon
  • Karen Cooper
  • Amy Coupal
  • Denise Cumming
  • Claude David
  • Lou Del Gobbo
  • Marilyn DeMara
  • Michèle Demers
  • Grace Diffey
  • Francesca Dobbyn
  • Rob Donelson
  • Christopher Dougherty
  • Pegi Dover
  • Kyle Dube
  • Ian Edward
  • Christine Epp
  • Derek Evans
  • Glenn Ewald
  • Iris Fabbro
  • Peter Faid
  • Michael Farris
  • Lois Fine
  • Heather Fleming
  • Charlie Fluit
  • Marcy Fogal
  • Jean-Marc Fontan
  • Tracy Ford
  • Scott Forfar
  • Darlene Frampton
  • Deirdre Freiheit
  • Eva Friesen
  • Ted Garrard
  • Derek Gent
  • Kevin Goldthorp
  • Malcolm Gowie
  • Barbara Grantham
  • Scott Haldane
  • Sharilyn Hale
  • Gay Hamilton
  • Brian Harrison
  • Paul Hartford
  • Chantal Havard
  • Renée Hébert
  • Michael Herrera
  • Allyson Hewitt
  • Jeanette Heywood
  • Jeff Hogan
  • Jay Hooper
  • David Hughes
  • W. Laird Hunter
  • Tim Jackson
  • Catherine Jadego
  • Refat Jiwani
  • Gail Joyce
  • Kadi Kaljuste
  • Colleen Kelly
  • Graham Kelsey
  • Debra Kerby
  • Jennifer King
  • Sandi Kiverago
  • Bobby Kleinman
  • Sergei Kolomoitsev
  • Victor Lachance
  • Charles LaFlèche
  • Vincent Lamontagne
  • Alain Laurendeau
  • Danielle Leguard-White
  • David LePage
  • Kathy Lilyholm
  • Joanne Linzey
  • Lisa Litz
  • Bruce MacDonald
  • Ruth MacKenzie
  • Kathy Magee
  • Theresa Man
  • Patrick Manley
  • Tracey Mann
  • Arlene Manning
  • Susan Manwaring
  • Jane Marco
  • Daniel Marquez
  • Margaret Mason
  • Carol Matusicky
  • Ken Mayhew
  • Stephanie McAllister
  • Jill McAlpine
  • Rosemary McCarney
  • Don McCreesh
  • Elizabeth McIsaac
  • Micheline McKay
  • Andrea McManus
  • Rosie Mecca-Lancaster
  • Noreen Mian
  • Shawn Mitchell
  • David Moller
  • Lyndsay Montina
  • Luce Moreau
  • Tim Moro
  • Larry Murray
  • Mariana Nimara
  • Brandur Olafsson
  • Marlene Oliveira
  • Annand Ollivierre
  • Dale Orr
  • David Oyler
  • Liz Palmieri
  • Glen Pearce
  • Hilary Pearson
  • John Pellowe
  • Susan Phillips
  • Jody Rathgeber
  • Lucie Rémillard
  • Caroline Riseboro
  • Teresa Rizcu
  • Mehvish Rizvi
  • Paula Roberts
  • Peter Robinson
  • Lee Rose
  • Ann Rosenfield
  • Kathryn Ross
  • Penelope Rowe
  • Julia Sanchez
  • Yves Savoie
  • Laura Schembri
  • Paulette Senior
  • Pamela Seto
  • Meg Shannon
  • Murray Short
  • Heather Simpson
  • Harvey Sims
  • John Slatcher
  • Tierney Smith
  • Jerry Smith
  • Dave Spedding
  • Paula Speevak-
  • Sladowski
  • Kimberley Spevack
  • Wendy Speziali
  • Kathleen Stuhec
  • Ming-Young Tam
  • Cathy Taylor
  • Bill Thomas
  • Sheila Tilotta
  • Anne Tinker
  • Steven Tipman
  • Martha Tory
  • Lynne Toupin
  • Katherine van Kooy
  • Ivan Watson
  • Andrew Watt
  • Kristine Webber
  • Beth Weintrop
  • Faye Wightman
  • Bobbi-Jean White
  • Shelley White
  • Barb Willet
  • Shirley Wilson
  • Stewart Wong
  • Janelle Yanishewski
  • Heather Young
  • Katherine Zywert

Annual Report 2013: Driving Forward

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