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January 17, 2007

Launch of new publication on charitable giving



FREDERICTON (CNB) – A new publication aims to help New Brunswickers make informed decisions about giving their money to non-profit organizations and registered charities.

The publication, “Charitable Giving: Be a Wise Donor” was released today by the Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs, and the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB).

“New Brunswickers are very generous and contribute a great deal of their hard-earned money to organizations and the community,” Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister T. J. Burke said. “It is important that they have all the information they need to ensure their money is going where they intended it to, and for what they intended it for.”

“Often, when donors have questions about a fundraising organization, they are unsure of how to check up on it,” said Deborah Doherty, executive director of PLEIS-NB. “The new booklet will provide them with the answers they are seeking.”

The booklet poses the question: ‘When someone from a charitable organization knocks on my door, calls on the phone, contacts me by e-mail, or mails me a donation form, how can I be a wise donor?” To answer the question, the booklet:

• outlines six steps to take in deciding whether to donate or not;

• explains the difference between registered charities and non-profit groups;

• explains the difference between a tax deductible receipt as opposed to a ‘receipt’;

and

• provides tips on what kinds of questions to ask, and factors to consider when giving, and where to get information to determine if a charity is legitimate.

The booklet was published by PLEIS-NB, the Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs, and the Canada Revenue Agency.