The Canadian Catholic Church has faced criticism from a growing number of charities over their fundraising efforts.
According to the CBC, the charity organizations are trying to fill their coffers with money from donors but have become increasingly critical of the charities for not using their fundraising prowess to bring attention to issues of concern to them.
In Canada, the CBC reported, more than half of charities have been called to task for not properly disclosing how much money they are raising, failing to comply with government fundraising rules, and not donating money to charities that they think are too conservative.
The CBC reported that the Canadian Catholic Charities, which operate under the umbrella of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, are among charities being scrutinized for their charity fundraising practices.CBC reported that, according to the report, the Canadian Association of Catholic Charitable Organizations (CAFCO), the nation’s largest Catholic charity, has been called in to look into the organization’s fundraising practices for the last six months.
The CBC reported the CAFCO is expected to report back in January 2018.
In response to the criticism, the CAFOE, which represents the vast majority of charities in Canada, said in a statement on Tuesday, “The Catholic Church recognizes that it is in the best interest of charities to raise funds for their work.”
The CAFOEs statement said, “While we support charities that support causes that are in the public interest, we believe it is important to highlight the need to have the charity be more inclusive.”
The report also detailed how the Catholic Charites have become more critical of others for not following their fundraising rules.
In addition to the CAFLOEs findings, the report also revealed how the Canadian Charity Navigator, an organization that measures charities and their impact on the world, had found that some of the Catholic charities were being criticized for not giving their money to the charity they wanted it to.
According the report:The report said that “while many charities have good intentions, their approach to fundraising can make it difficult for charities to accurately measure how well they are doing, and may also affect their ability to attract, retain, and promote their donors.”CBC also reported that several charities have raised concerns over the lack of transparency from the Canadian charities over the past year.
According, the charities had also received complaints about a lack of accountability by the Canadian Charities.
The report stated that the CAFNA was concerned that, “while the CAFAO is a powerful source of information, it has been unable to adequately address some of our concerns.”CBC reported the Canadian Christian Foundation, which works to promote religious freedom in Canada and the United Kingdom, had received a letter from the CAFE about how to address its fundraising and fundraising practices in light of the CAFI’s report.
The letter stated that, while it is a major source of charitable contributions, the organization should not be viewed as a charity.
In a statement to CBC, a spokesperson for the Canadian Conservative Party said, “”It’s disappointing that these allegations are being made against the Canadian CPF, which is a great charity and has been a champion of social justice and compassion for generations.
We are appalled by the insinuations and are calling on the CAFF to provide more information to the public.