Company Update

To Non-Profit, or to not Non-Profit?

Over the past ten months we’ve been working hard to become a registered charity. We have been filling out forms, making calls, and planning for this step as if it were inevitable. We thought donating all our money, reducing monetary waste, and helping the community would make re:give eligible to achieve charity status- but, this was not the case! There has been a ton of learning on our part, thanks largely to guidance from IntegralOrg! Check out their website to learn about the great work they do in Calgary.

So what are the rules, anyways?

Devoting substantially all your resources to your stated charitable purpose is a great start to becoming a recognized charity, but is only the starting point. To be a charity you must ALSO fit into one of the four categories recognized by the CRA. These categories are:

    • Relief of poverty
    • The advancement of education
    • The advancement of religion
    • Another purpose beneficial to the community

 

These four points support a ton of incredible organizations in Calgary- but, staying a non-profit makes significantly more sense with our mission and vision. The CRA provides a comprehensive breakdown of the differences between non-profits and registered charities on their website. A lot of the difference boils down to scope of outreach and reporting requirements. Over the last few months, we have been learning way more about legal requirements then we ever thought we would at the start of our journey!

Our Decision

As a new Calgary organization, we had anticipated a few growing pains- and our choice to remain a non-profit is a part of this. We are thrilled to be receiving donations that support our mission and increasing our impact enough that we had to consider becoming a charity; however, we can ultimately serve our community better as a non-profit organization.

This will allow us to support the community in ways it needs, and pivot when these needs change. It allows us to be nimble, have a broader impact, and continue to work with and support some of the amazing Calgary charities that do exist. That isn’t to say one day we won’t pivot our mission and become a charity, but after long nights of team chats and numerous pros and cons lists, we know this is the right decision for us all.

If you want to chat more about our decision to be remain a non-profit – reach out to one of our team members Here! To read more about how you can help re:give and the Calgary Community, click below!

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Sarah is a self-professed busy bee. Currently she is working as an HR Manager at a Financial Planning & Investment Management Firm, while studying towards a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management at the University of Regina. She is focused on employee communications, establishing and supporting strategic HR direction, developing change management plans and everything in between. Sarah hopes to use her communication experience with content strategy and development to maximize re:give’s community outreach and engagement. In her spare time, Sarah is an avid travel enthusiast, cat mom and newly avid golfer.

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Tyrone is a technology enthusiast in every sense of the word.  Tyrone works with client’s day-in and day-out on solving industrial automation solutions as Regional Sales Manager at WAGO.  In his spare time he has helped numerous startups with their technology and automation focused goals, from equipment startup and implementation to IT and backend support.  Tyrone’s community-focused goals are to help younger generations foster an entrepreneurial mindset and help instill the values required for personal success in both career and life.

 

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Growing up in Toronto, Megan recently moved to Calgary in 2019 and currently works as a Strategy Analyst for ATB Financial. Megan is dedicated to contributing to the pursuit of elevating innovation in today’s financial environment. She joins us from Toronto where she graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph’s Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics. In Megan’s spare time, she enjoys skiing, horse-back riding, and spending time with her dog, Stella.

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Jenna is a born and raised Calgarian who currently works in Pediatric Oncology Research at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Jenna was a founding member of a not for profit, Outrun the Stigma, founded in 2013 when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Calgary. Outrun the Stigma was the first and largest mental health awareness run in Western Canada and has raised over $173,000 for mental health organizations in Calgary between chapters in Calgary and Edmonton. Jenna prides herself in her attention to detail, being a reliable leader, and enjoying the more “behind the scenes” work like understanding and creating various applicable policies and procedures and monitoring for compliance. She recently graduated from a Master’s of Science in Law from Northwestern University which gave her a unique understanding of law and regulatory frameworks that has been an incredible asset to the development of re:give.

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Andrea is an aviation enthusiast, and gender advocate. Her tandem pursuit of a commercial pilots license and a gender studies degree has provided her a large community network, which has allowed her to build relationships with professionals from a variety of sectors. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Club of Calgary, and her ability to build valuable relationships, as well as her marketing skills, have provided her the opportunity to sit on the communications and membership committee. Andrea strives to be an innovative problem solver, and enjoys exercising her skills as an effective leader and communicator. Andrea hopes to pair her experience, education, and tenacity to work towards diversity and inclusivity within the nonprofit sector and beyond.