This post is intended to provide clarity on Charity Intelligence Canada:
Ci is one alternative for Canadians wishing to give to support the two studies in Canada to further CCSVI research. You have the right to scrutinize and ask questions, and we applaud each of you for doing so.
Charity Intelligence Canada is for donors, by donors in Canada. The volunteer members of Ci are donors too. Ci is a registered charitable organization that brokers donations for donors. Team members of Ci found there was no objective third party that donors could go to for advice on their giving. And so Ci began. Ci provides objective information and analysis on Canadian charities in hope that donors can maximize the impact they can have on their donations.
There are NO fees--donors can choose to flow through 100% of their donations. As a registered Canadian charity we keep our lights on by relying on the benevolence of others who value and choose to support our work. Giving through Ci, donors can remain anonymous. Ci believes in holding charities and recipients accountable for their results, seeking they be accountable and transparent to the public on how the funds were used. Ci will keep donors up to date when total funds requested are received to avoid overfunding and bloat.
Ci does not, and I repeat DOES NOT mind how donor's choose to donate to support furthering CCSVI research in Canada, whether giving directly to the sites at UBC or St.Joe's (for clarity, please note you can donate to St.Joseph's Healthcare (hospital), which is different from the foundation), or via Ci. It's your money, and your choice.
Ci's goal is to help donor's make informed giving decisions, to give intelligently, and to have results with their giving. There is a misconception that each Canadian CCSVI study is fully funded, and this is certainly not the case. Ci is advocating for and hopes to draw attention to this fact. For those who care passionately about funding CCSVI research in Canada, Ci felt it was necessary to highlight the best charitable players who should be recipients of donations, who both need funding and have the potential to produce results. Ci also highlights the risks of donating to each study. No matter which of the 3 giving paths is taken to fund this research, we support your choice. Each is a pure play. Let's get this train moving already.
Giving for impact is a relatively new concept of giving for Canadians and you likely have not heard of Charity Intelligence Canada before. Be informed and do your homework before donating: Visit the website www.charityintelligence.ca
, call or e-mail Ci, contact the two CCSVI sites in Canada warranting your funding, contact those who have come under Ci's scrutiny to get the facts. Start dialogue on charitable giving. And please, give Ci your feedback and tell us where we have gotten it wrong or what you would recommend Ci could do better. We would love to hear from you.
To quell any further misconceptions on Ci's role in funding CCSVI research in Canada, read Ci's report on CCSVI on the web--it's short, it will give you the facts, and give each of you a fine understanding that there are alternatives and often better ways to donate than by conventional means. Ci's goal--minimize donor dilution (charitable resources are a scarce thing) and have impact for Canadians in need. It's not a matter of giving more, but re-allocating where we are giving to.
Keep up the dialogue. It starts with a conversation.
Be informed. Give intelligently. Have impact.