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Political Activities and the Charitable Sector: An Overview by Imagine Canada

November 30, 2012

1:00 p.m. EST

Political activity by charitable and nonprofit organizations has been a hot topic over the past year with conflicting claims as to how much political activity can and should be undertaken by the charitable sector. Environmental organizations and environmental funders have been on the receiving end of many of the barbs from media and politicians. For some organizations, the result has been an "advocacy chill", with some groups and some funders considering opting out of political activities in the short-term or altogether. This would be a very unfortunate step, given the important public policy contributions that environmental and other organizations have made and continue to make.

Getting a clear understanding of the regulations around political activity, as well as the implications of the recent changes to CRA reporting requirements, is essential as we move forward to build an environmentally sound and sustainable Canada. Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Michelle Gauthier, Vice-President Public Policy and Engagement for Imagine Canada, as she provides this overview. Michelle will also speak to the current political context and Imagine Canada's work on behalf of the charitable sector as a whole and how it relates to this issue.

This webinar is part of a series of Shared Learning Opportunities, a joint project of the Sustainability Network and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' Network with the support of the Vancouver Foundation. This session will be moderated by Pat Letizia, Executive Director of the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation.

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