FAQ

What is the Charity Number and how is it governed?

A Better World was established in 1990 as part of the College Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church (on the campus of Burman University, formerly Canadian University College) in Lacombe, Alberta; it focused on a few small international projects. It has since grown to include people from all walks of life dedicated to improving lives without regard to ethnic, political, or religious association. The church then adopted A Better World as one of many humanitarian activities it governs.

 

In 2016, A Better World Canada received its own charity status from the CRA. Charitable receipts are issued by A Better World Canada CRA#800994006RR0001. The full legal name for trust and will purposes is:

 

“A Better World Helping Hands Canada”.

#103, 5033 52nd Street Lacombe,  AB,  T4L 2A6, Canada

 

Everyone is welcome to participate in A Better World activities to help improve lives at home and abroad. A Better World does not expect religious affiliation from any volunteers or beneficiaries, and does not proselytize on behalf of any church or religion.

How did A Better World get started?

A Better World was established in 1990 as part of the College Heights Adventist Church (on the campus of Canadian University College)  in Lacombe, Alberta and focused on a few small international projects. It has since grown to include people from all walks of life dedicated to improving lives without regard to ethnic, political or religious association. The church has adopted A Better World as one of many humanitarian activities it governs. The board of the College Heights Church governs the strategic directions and has appointed a steering committee to oversee the day-to-day operations.

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What is the donor bill of rights?

To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
 

  1. TO BE INFORMED of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes
  2. TO BE INFORMED of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing Board, and to expect the Board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. TO HAVE ACCESS to the organization’s most recent audited financial statements.
  4. TO BE ASSURED their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. TO RECEIVE appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  6. TO BE ASSURED that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law and the wishes of the donor.
  7. TO EXPECT that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. TO BE INFORMED whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. TO BE ASSURED that the organization neither buys nor sells lists of donors who have or may support the charitable works of the organization.
  10. TO FEEL FREE to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers whether it be past, present or future expenditures.

 
The text of this statement in its entirety was developed by the American Association of Fund Raising Council (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).