May 21, 2012

There has been a constant barrage of editorials, columns and letters in this paper on the "unconscionable" funding cuts CCODP has suffered at the hands of heartless CIDA.

One possible reason is that the Ottawa bureaucrats might have finally laid their hands on the ratings of Canadian charitable organizations for the years 2010 and 2011 published by MoneySense magazine, the online sister edition of Canadian Business magazine.

You can see the 2011 chart pertaining to international aid at the following link: http://list.moneysense.ca/rankings/charities/2011/aid.

Please check the ratings methodology before checking Development and Peace.

Dead-last in charity efficiency (per cent of spending going to programs) 72.3 per cent. Charity Efficiency Grade: C+.

But fundraising efficiency (cost to raise $100) $4.73. Fundraising Efficiency Grade: A (No wonder! All they have to do is wait for Share Lent collection and pick up the cheques.)

Governance and Transparency (score out of 10) +1 bonus point) 1. Governance and Transparency Grade C-

(For instance: they are fighting in court to prevent CIDA from releasing CCODP's list of partners under a freedom of information request by LifeSiteNews.)

Reserve fund size (years of reserve on hand): 7 months. Reserve Fund Size Grade: B.

Overall Grade: B (No one got a C.)

Compensation of CEO or highest paid staff member: $120,000 to $159,999 (Wow!) Compensation is not factored into the final grade.

Then see Chalice (Canada). First position for second consecutive year. A worthy Canadian Catholic charity

Andrew Tarnowski
Edmonton

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