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2017 TOP 10 HIGH-IMPACT CHARITIES LIST RELEASED BY CHARITY INTELLIGENCE


Toronto, November 28, 2017. Today Charity Intelligence (Ci) releases its 2017 Top 10 Impact Charities list – a must-read for Canadians looking for impact in their giving. These are the 10 highest-impact charities found by Charity Intelligence in Canada this year, to which donors can give confidently and make the most measurable difference.

Charity Intelligence has picked the most effective Canadian charities that combat issues such as hunger, homelessness, health, and improving education. For the first time, a charity providing international aid, Doctors Without Borders, has made this list.

Evidence shows that the 10 high-impact charities are likely to be the most effective at changing lives. Ci’s Director of Research, Greg Thomson, says “giving for impact means looking beyond administrative and fundraising costs to see what difference a charity is making in the lives of its clients. For your dollar, these charities are creating the most positive change we have seen.” If you donate $100 to a charity and it creates $200 worth of social value, that is a good investment. If the charity can create $300 worth of value, that is even better. These 10 high-impact charities as a group are likely to produce over $600 in value from a $100 gift!

To do this work, Ci has teamed up with Success Markets Inc. (SMI), a U.S.-based charity that was developed for the sole purpose of taking the guesswork out of charitable giving. Together, we measure the impact of each dollar donated to help donors see how they can deliver the most good for the same level of giving.

The Top 10 Impact Charities range in annual donations from $164,000 to $55.8 million, showing that charities of any size can provide impact. The list contains two charities that operate nationally, one operating internationally, and seven local charities from across four provinces, operating in seven different social service and education sectors. Last year, donors to our list of high-impact charities created an additional $100 million of social value in Canada simply by shifting the way they donate.

Charity Intelligence researches Canadian charities for donors. Charity Intelligence’s website (www.charityintelligence.ca) reviews and rates over 700 Canadian charities as well as providing in-depth reports on philanthropic sectors like Canada’s environment, cancer, and homelessness. Today over 325,000 Canadians use Charity Intelligence’s website as a go-to source for information on Canadian charities and have downloaded over 5 million charity reports. Through rigorous and independent research, Charity Intelligence helps donors be informed and give intelligently. Charity Intelligence aims to assist Canada’s dynamic sector to be more transparent, accountable and focused on results.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Greg Thomson at 416.363.1555, gthomson@charityintelligence.ca

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Edging God Out


This acronym was new to me as an acronym, but old and familiar to me as a principle of living. I experience it almost every day.
 
I edge God out of my life and consciousness. I almost never announce or declare in a loud voice or clear thought that I am terminating either my connection with God or my conscious contact with God. The separation and departure from God is always less clear. It is subtler and creeps rather than jumps. It is a process of Edging God Out rather than ruling Him out.
 
My morning routine includes a session of prayer and meditation; as I arise from my meditation and prayers my conscious contact with God can be rated at a solid ten out of ten. But half an hour later, I have probably not thought about God for 27 minutes, coasting on my morning prayer and meditation.  Later in the morning, by eleven o’clock, my rating of conscious awareness and contact is down to a five or six and declining. By 1 pm, after lunch, I am in full control of my life and my God conscious rating is down to a two.
 
Nothing dramatic will have happened, just a series of thoughts that can be summarized as “don’t worry God, I’ve got this”.  Gently edging Him out of my conscious frame of reference.
 
I seem powerless over this. Like the still-drinking alcoholic who swears off alcohol forever at 9 am, has a serious thirst at 1 pm, and at 4 pm concludes that tomorrow will be a fine day to quit.  It just seems to happen.  Like an autopilot mechanism.
 
I Edge God Out sliver by sliver.
 
But there are solutions. I have found a couple of ways to combat this edging process.
 
First, a specific noon hour prayer. Time just before lunch when I stop and consider the morning and offer a prayer for renewed guidance.  A habit that I can watch and measure.
 
Second, a series of alarms on my iPhone. I have alarms that I can set for daily to go off at the same time every day. And I can label the alarms with short pithy sayings or messages. I have set five during the day. Each alarm is silent with only a ‘screen flash’ alert.  And the label for each alarm is a message to remind me to be consciously aware of God. God is here and now. God is in this. God loves you.  God has a will for you. God is in charge. Mid-morning, late morning, mid-afternoon, late afternoon, and evening. Five times a day my phone alerts me and when I pay attention, stops the process of Edging God Out - EGO.
 
Maybe I have a second acronym. Daily Alarm Technical Solution - DATS. The DATS stops EGO. DATS all folks, for today.
 
Andy Crooks

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I edge God out of my life and consciousness. I almost never announce or declare in a loud voice or clear thought that I am terminating either my connection with God or my conscious contact with God. The separation and departure from God is always less clear. It is subtler and creeps rather than jumps. It is a process of Edging God Out rather than ruling Him out.

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