Chalice scores A+ again

Money Sense published their annual ranking of Canadian charities for 2016. Once again, Chalice has scored A+ in every sub-category and in the overall score.

Of note, they scored A+ in the ever important “Efficiency” grade.  Did you know 92% of the money raised goes to the poor?  That means only 8% goes to administrative costs. That’s very impressive!

In contrast, at Development and Peace, only 72% of the money goes to the poor, meaning that a whopping 28% gets gobbled in administration fees. That earned them just a C+ on “Efficiency”.

More importantly, Chalice is 100% Catholic, with no shady dealings with dubious partners.  They’re reliable and trustworthy. They don’t just take care of the body, they also care for the soul by evangelizing their clients. That’s something D&P doesn’t do and that Money Sense couldn’t possible measure in their secular rankings. But it makes all the difference in the world.

Go with Chalice.

Chalice: agent of evangelization

I got a letter from Chalice during the holidays.  There were some interesting highlights, especially this one:

CHALICE is not and NGO that helps create dependency; it’s a family that helps form good Christians and honest citizens.

Their workshops with children also include, among other things, “Christian formation”.

In other words, they don’t just feed the poor and clothe the naked, they also pass on the Faith through evangelization. Isn’t that what an authentic Catholic charity should be doing?  Why should we be embarrassed to preach the Good News while we’re supporting their livelihood, education and financial independence? Isn’t their spiritual well-being more important than their physical well-being? Don’t take my word for it, listen to Jesus Christ: “For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?” (Mark 8:36)

Frankly, I admire Chalice’s balanced and compassionate approach, caring for both the body and the soul.

When did you ever hear something like that from Development and Peace?  I don’t recall seeing any material on their site about evangelization. What a shame. Pope Francis told us that the Church shouldn’t simply be an NGO. Unfortunately, that’s what D&P really is.

D&P, bishops developing protocol to deal with “social media attacks”

The Canadian bishops and their development agency are developing a statement of principles in the hope of heading off future social media attacks.
The Canadian Catholic Organizations for Development and Peace will model its statement of principles on the “CRS Guiding Principles” developed by the American Catholic aid agency Catholic Relief Services.

Like Development and Peace, the CRS has been criticized by online journalists and bloggers accusing it of working with organizations that support abortion and contraception. In 2010 LifeSite News questioned Development and Peace’s funding of a Jesuit-founded human rights organization because the Mexican organization had been cited along with organizations that advocated for legal access to abortion in a joint NGO report to the United Nations. Despite denials of any involvement in pro-abortion activities or any formal relationship with pro-abortion organizations, the accusations spurred a formal investigation by the CCCB and caused a crisis for Development and Peace’s public image and its fundraising efforts.

A clear statement of Development and Peace’s grounding in Catholic social teaching should help protect the organization from future confusion, said national council president Ray Temmerman. “Our work is not to respond to those attacks. Our work is to do our work with the poor and to educate in Canada. That’s what we’re about,” Temmerman said. Trying to answer to information that is repeated over and over on the Internet can distract the organization from its core work, Temmerman said. “It’s kind of this amorphous thing that has a capacity to get its members waving the flag and contacting bishops,” he said. (Source)

You know, the truth has a funny way of intruding itself into one’s business if one’s business has been corrupted by the world and people call you out on it.  D&P still doesn’t get it and they have failed to accept responsibility. They never admitted any wrong-doing and it was only public embarrassment towards the bishops for their gross negligence that forced some modest changes.

Needless to say, it appears that Development and Peace has not learned anything in the years since LifeSite and Socon or Bust (rest in peace) blew the lid off D&P’s “work”.   The Catholic Legate is still maintaining its fatwa against donating to that organization.  In fact, it’s probably even more critical now than ever before that we don’t donate to them.  The shift in thinking in the Church fosters more complacency and laziness in co-operating with abortion-pushers in the secular culture.  Development and Peace will only be too happy to go back to the good old days.  Like that song from The Who goes:  We won’t be fooled again.

Development & Peace: Bottom of the Barrel…Again

Legate readers might have read in the past about our previous reports on Development & Peace and their very low ranking by MoneySense Magazine.  Here is a snippet of last year’s report:

So how did Development and Peace score? They didn’t make the list. Keep in mind that MoneySense doesn’t publish the ranking of every charity in the country. It only publishes the top 100, which are grouped into eight broad categories. D&P falls into the International Aid and Development category, within which MoneySense published rankings for 14 organizations. D&P is not part of the list. I guess it was a bad year.  In 2012, you may recall, D&P trumpeted with much fanfare that they had achieved an overall score of A- in the MoneySense ranking, up from their previous score of B. However, in the ever important category of Overall Charity Efficiency, they had scored just a “C+” back in 2012. That was the worst score among the charities published in International Aid and Development category. So if MoneySense found that D&P was doing a lousy job of stewardship, how did they get an overall score of A-? Part of it is attributable to a laughable score of A in transparency. Anybody who has followed the D&P scandal over the last 4½ years knows that D&P is anything but transparent. I surmise that in 2013, MoneySense took a closer look at D&P transparency’s practices and gave them a much lower score, resulting in D&P dropping from the published list. That’s my gut feeling. (Source)

Well, MoneySense’s 2014 assessment has just come out and D&P has ranked near the bottom of the barrel again on efficiency and governance, the only areas that really matter when you are selecting which charity to give your money to.  Ironically, D&P is under the “religion category”.  It’s an amazing thing that since 2011, not much has changed. They have not really improved at all.  They’re still near the bottom of the barrel in handling and spending your money.  On other hand, Chalice has a grade of A to A+ in every category, yet again — a stellar achievement, most worthy of your support.

Five years after The Catholic Legate (then Socon or Bust) helped shine the light on Development & Peace’s sad support for pro-abortion groups and poor management of Catholic money, the former problem has been somewhat mitigated although not altogether eliminated while the management of our money still needs lots of improvement.

The Catholic Legate continues to encourage our readers to give your money to more worthy causes like Chalice who do real social justice. Don’t ever give any money to Development & Peace.

B.C. Catholic newspaper: We Day is a fraud

Some very good points made by Malin Jordan in the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. 

The event’s messaging seems sound on the surface, but, when you get underneath, it isn’t sound at all and it’s not Catholic. And that’s the danger and the fraud: up front, it’s a feel-good event, but beneath, it’s saturated with inappropriate messaging.

It’s time Catholic schools distanced themselves from We Day. The speakers at these events, despite whatever talking points they offer, deliver unsuitable messages to Catholic students. (Source

Read the rest over there. We’re still waiting for anyone in the Archdiocese of Ottawa to take such a stand for the protection of our kids. 

I only disagree with Mr. Jordan on one point, that we give our money to Development and Peace instead of Free the Children. Sadly, D&P has become so cocooned and obscure that it’s difficult for Catholics in good conscience to give to them because we don’t know where our money is going. It would be an irresponsible lack of stewardship to put our money into a black hole.

Abstain from Development & Peace Again This Lent

LifeSiteNews contacted Development and Peace by e-mail and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops by phone and e-mail on February 25 to ask about D&P’s partnership with Women for Change. By the morning of February 28 LifeSiteNews had received no response, but Development and Peace’s website no longer listed Women for Change. (Find a screenshot of Women for Change listed on D&P’s website last week here.)

Seeking an explanation, LifeSiteNews phoned Rene Laprise, the CCCB’s communications director, and Bishop John Boissonneau, chairman of the CCCB’s Standing Committee on Development and Peace, and both directed questions to Development & Peace.

D&P Communications Officer Kelly DiDomenico told LifeSiteNews by phone Friday morning that she had not received the February 25 e-mail and asked that it be sent again. In the afternoon, she wrote by e-mail: “I’ve forwarded the message to the appropriate instances.” LifeSiteNews had received no reply by press time on Tuesday and was unable to reach DiDomenico. (Source)

Women for Change was actually covered by Socon or Bust back in 2011 (see “Give us your money, and don’t ask too many questions“).

It’s listed as Group number 33 on our list.

If a name like “Women for Change” doesn’t ring any bells with you, you should not be in charge of giving away Catholic money in 2014.  Sorry to be so blunt, but you really belong with Aunt Mae, knitting something, and by saying that I don’t mean any disrespect to Aunt Mae.

Squeaker made some observations about LifeSite’s report here.

Nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, has changed with the modus operandi of Development and Peace.

1.  They are still funding pro-abort groups and not just Women for Change.

2.  They are not listing all of their pro-abort groups on the website.

3.  They are still scrubbing their website when they get caught partnering with abortion-pushers.

4.  The Canadian bishops are still promoting Development & Peace, and side-stepping their moral responsibility to clean up the social justice charade.

5.  Canadian Catholic donations are still going to fund the promotion of the slaughter of unborn children.

6.  And lastly, Socon or Bust still is asking faithful Catholics to put a BIG ZERO on the Development & Peace envelope and put some some pro-life literature in it.

 

Still can’t trust Development and Peace

It grieves me to report that despite improvements made in recent years, Development and Peace is still not trustworthy yet. As a result Socon or Bust recommends that the boycott of D&P continue during this upcoming Lent. Consider instead making your donations to Chalice, a faithful and well-managed charity.

The D&P website shows very, very, very few partners, so you really don’t know where your money is going. Despite this, there remain anti-Catholic, anti-life partners on their website.

Worse, officials I spoke with recently insisted that these partners were clean, despite the incontrovertible evidence Socon or Bust had uncovered against them some time ago.

Don’t be played for a fool. Put your donations in a safer place.

Chalice again scores #1 in charity rating, Development and Peace doesn’t make the list

Once again, Chalice has score most excellently in the MoneySense annual ranking of international development charities. They received an overall score of A+, the only international development charity with such a high grade. That makes them tops in Canada!

  • They scored A+ on efficiency, the most important category in the evaluation, with more than 92% of donations going directly to programs and less than 8% used for administration costs. That’s awesome stewardship.
  • They scored A on fundraising efficiency, as it only cost them $3.90 to raise $100 of donations.
  • They scored A+ on governance, meaning that they have excellent procedures in place to monitor the use of money, they are transparent about what they do and they make sure their programs are effective. Moreover, the highest paid person in the whole organization earned just over $64,000, hardly a fortune.
  • Finally, they scored A+ on the “reserves” grade, because they have just the right amount of reserves set aside. Other charities were penalized for having either too little funds to weather any lull in donations, or too large of a stash sitting unproductively in a bank account.

More importantly for Christians, Chalice’s programs are entirely in keeping with the moral and social teachings of the Church. They remain Socon or Bust‘s preferred charity for international development. Thank God for Chalice!

So how did Development and Peace score? They didn’t make the list. Keep in mind that MoneySense doesn’t publish the ranking of every charity in the country. It only publishes the top 100, which are grouped into eight broad categories. D&P falls into the International Aid and Development category, within which MoneySense published rankings for 14 organizations. D&P is not part of the list. I guess it was a bad year.

In 2012, you may recall, D&P trumpeted with much fanfare that they had achieved an overall score of A- in the MoneySense ranking, up from their previous score of B. However, in the ever important category of Overall Charity Efficiency, they had scored just a “C+” back in 2012. That was the worst score among the charities published in International Aid and Development category. So if MoneySense found that D&P was doing a lousy job of stewardship, how did they get an overall score of A-? Part of it is attributable to a laughable score of A in transparency. Anybody who has followed the D&P scandal over the last 4½ years knows that D&P is anything but transparent. I surmise that in 2013, MoneySense took a closer look at D&P transparency’s practices and gave them a much lower score, resulting in D&P dropping from the published list. That’s my gut feeling.

More importantly than all these considerations, we still don’t have any assurances that D&P is operating in accordance with Church teaching in its overseas programs. Less than a year ago, Socon or Bust was still discovering partners of D&P engaging in anti-life programming. I still don’t trust them. They haven’t earned back our trust. And they never will if their management of funds continues to be so opaque that you feel that your donations are being sucked into a giant black hole.

So in the meantime, let’s rejoice in the continued outstanding performance of Chalice. Let’s give thanks to God that we have such dedicated people doing authentic social justice work while running a thrifty and transparent operation. Bravo!