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Perceptions of charity

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Nearly all Canadians believe charities are critical to improving the quality of life, and three in four say nonprofits better understand and meet societal needs than does government, a new study says.

The study, commissioned by the Muttart Foundation of Alberta, says eight in 10 people surveyed trust charities, with hospitals, children’s groups and health prevention and research organizations in the lead.

While seven in 10 people believe charities do not have enough money, nearly half favor a legal limit on the amount they can spend on fundraising, and nearly all believe charities should be required to report how contributions are spent.

Nearly all Canadians favor formal oversight of the nonprofit sector, yet most believe no such regulatory body exists, the study says.

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