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Charity necessary during economic uncertainty

Posted on January 01, 2009 by Daniel Francavilla


December 24, 2008
Daniel Francavilla
GLOBAL VOICES

Today, innocent children are dying due to poverty around the world – one every two seconds. Yet, on Black Friday, a Wal-Mart worker in the United States was trampled to death by consumers rushing to retail sales.

The impending financial disaster is creating a perfect storm for non-profit organizations trying to aid those in poverty, as donations decline while the need for help rises.

ShareLife, the Archdiocese of Toronto’s charity, is one group stepping forward with programs responding to the increased social services demand.

“The Catholic organizations in the Archdiocese are very involved in helping the most needy,” says Archbishop Thomas Collins. “I’m particularly aware of their great need of resources to help the poor in need. I encourage people in the Archdiocese to support them more than ever.”

Charities face the same stress as many companies, banks and businesses.

The Vancouver Foundation is the largest of Canada’s 165 community foundations and supports about 600 charities per year.

The organization’s president, Faye Wightman, says that “many of these non-profit (organizations) are the last stop for thousands of people … who get hit by larger economic forces and find themselves teetering on the edge.”

Unfortunately, while need increases, economic uncertainty creates a large barrier.

“These charities are hit with reduced donations, corporate sponsorships that dry up, and often reduced funding from government and even foundations,” says Wightman.

Despite today’s economic uncertainty, there are organizations that continue to fund projects both locally and overseas. Long-term planning and new strategies can help organizations survive.

Perhaps the economic crisis will spur people to see that our consumer culture has skewed priorities. At the Conference on Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Waterloo this past November, Marc Kielburger offered a simple yet challenging notion: “if we want to change Africa, we have to change North America.”

As affluent people also begin to suffer financially, perhaps their empathy will trigger social change to benefit humanity worldwide.

Daniel Francavilla is currently a university student in Toronto at the Ontario College of Art + Design. From Brampton, Daniel founded a non-profit organization, ACCESS: Allowing Children a Chance at Education, and Speak Up for Change, a youth blog on poverty and education-related issues.


Published on TheStar.com

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    Michael Manirakizaat 8:06pm on January 2nd

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    Good stuff Dan. Will this be published in the actual paper as well? (not just online)

  • http://www.facebook.com Anonymous

    Daniel! Amazing! Great job!

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    Jenn Paulat 11:51pm on January 1st

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    Louroz Mercaderat 11:38pm on January 1st

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    Good article Daniel!

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    Louroz Mercaderat 11:38pm on January 1st

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    Daniel! Amazing! Great job!

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    Jenn Paulat 11:51pm on January 1st

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Anonymous

    Good stuff Dan. Will this be published in the actual paper as well? (not just online)

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    Michael Manirakizaat 8:06pm on January 2nd

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    Good article Daniel!

  • http://www.facebook.com Jenn Paul

    Good stuff Dan. Will this be published in the actual paper as well? (not just online)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Jenn Paul

    Good stuff Dan. Will this be published in the actual paper as well? (not just online)

  • http://www.facebook.com Michael Manirakiza

    Good article Daniel!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Michael Manirakiza

    Good article Daniel!

  • Anastasia Tolias

    Where many are gathered change will come about. A voice for the People, Shelter, Food – its back to the basics for a while – survival is the key. We must stay strong and continue to work towards our goals – do our part – the simplicity of it all- ensuring that each and every human being has the basics. YES! Prime Minister of England said” WE must help Africa and then Africa will help us” but we must also focus in/on our Backyard or else there will be too much work for AFRICA TO DO ANYTHING! Keep up the genuine passion is your work.

  • Anastasia Tolias

    Where many are gathered change will come about. A voice for the People, Shelter, Food – its back to the basics for a while – survival is the key. We must stay strong and continue to work towards our goals – do our part – the simplicity of it all- ensuring that each and every human being has the basics. YES! Prime Minister of England said” WE must help Africa and then Africa will help us” but we must also focus in/on our Backyard or else there will be too much work for AFRICA TO DO ANYTHING! Keep up the genuine passion is your work.

  • Louroz Mercader

    Daniel! Amazing! Great job!

  • Louroz Mercader

    Daniel! Amazing! Great job!

  • Catherine

    I am so pleased to see someone your age interested in social justice issues and philanthropy. I wish you all the best in your studies … and in the life you have ahead of you.

  • Catherine

    I am so pleased to see someone your age interested in social justice issues and philanthropy. I wish you all the best in your studies … and in the life you have ahead of you.


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