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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Halton Catholic Children's Education Foundation Ranked Worst Charity In Burlington

There are 49 registered charitable organizations operating in Burlington focusing on educational needs according to the CRA. Across the country there are more than 86,000 charities of all types, the exact number is unknown. Canadians love to give and no one wants to be a seen as a miser but then again they don't want to be seen as a sucker either. When charities take in money they are being subsidized by every taxpayer and that is perfectly commendable as long as they use the money for the charitable purposes they said they would. People expect accountability, transparency and that the money gets to those that need it.

Using CRA data  a recent survey of educational charities was conducted. Firstly the charities were all analysed to determine if they had spent the money they collected on charitable programs they were supposed to be carrying out to determine if they in fact gave money to the needy. Secondly, the amount of tax receipts issued was tallied to determine how much of a hit the taxpayer was taking. Each tax return for each available year was used.


According to the CRA data the number one worst offender was the Halton Catholic Children's Education Foundation (HCCEF) According to it's own tax filing documents it reported spending on charitable programs as $0 in 2014, $0 in 2013 and $0 in 2012. During the same period it issued tax receipts for a total of $36,446. It has no rent or office expenses of any kind and is run out of the offices of the HCDSB by current and former Board employees Frank Crouchman and Fred Sweeney. It's primary source of fundraising comes from school generated funds from each school in the HCDSB. Each year schools are asked to raise funds for their two main events, An Evening With Bishop Crosby and the HCCEF Charity Golf Classic. When charities take money from the very people they are supposed to be helping and then put it in a bank account without spending it, you have to ask yourself am I helping needy students or am I a sucker. 

As always the HCDSB NEWS invites your corrections, comments and criticisms and any replies received from people or institutions mentioned in any article will be published.

5 comments:

  1. This is unconscionable! Especially in an age when the rich are getting richer and the poorer are getting poorer. And to think that the HCDSB is a Roman Catholic, Christian organization...this is certainly not "Christ-like".

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  2. And I thought my past board, the TCDSB sucked! This seems to take the cake!

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