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Workshop Helps Charities
2010-02-01

Workshop Reaches Charities with Techniques to Help Keep Doors Open

The Providence Business Initiative, working in collaboration with TheCharitiesFile.ca and the Canada Revenue Agency, presented a workshop on Jan. 30, helping churches and charities make sure they’re fulfilling all the requirements to keep their charitable status intact.

“We’re excited to work with the excellent resources of TheCharitiesFile.ca and the CRA,” said Providence President Gus Konkel. “Part of the goal of the Providence Business Initiative is to help churches develop the administrative and management skills they need. This workshop fits the Initiative’s mandate exactly.”

The workshop was held at the Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church. Just over 20 people attended, representing 14 different organizations from all across Southern Manitoba, from Altona to St. Pierre. Denominations participating included Mennonite Brethren, Evangelical Lutheran, the Evangelical Free Church, and the Catholic Church.

“Feedback from participants tells us that they found the workshop to be informative, and useful. Participants said that they would recommend the workshop to others,” said Bruce Duggan, Associate Professor of Management at Providence College. “We are working on plans to repeat this workshop in other regions of rural Manitoba later this year.”

The event was also a time for treasurers and church administrators to network with each other. Steinbach and the surrounding areas have many churches, and it was an opportunity for leaders from different congregations to meet.

 
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