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WE Charity is an international charity and educational partner. Our organization is unique in that it operates collaborative programs both domestically and internationally. In the US, Canada, and the UK, WE Schools and WE Day provide free service-learning programs to engage students in youth-led volunteerism to help their communities.
Founded in 2009 to provide economic opportunity in WE Village communities and a sustainable source of funding for WE Charity, ME to WE has grown into a global force for good.
There have been significant misrepresentations made about the selection of WE Charity to administer the CSSG programing. To provide a clear evaluation, two independent reports were prepared from Former Deputy Solicitor General Matt Torigian and Forensic Accountant Dr. Al Rosen on the CSSG.
Matt Torigian, the former Deputy Solicitor General of Ontario, reviewed this matter. Mr. Torigian was also the Chief of Police for Waterloo and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Currently he is a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
He and his team reviewed more than 5,000 pages of emails, documents, and other relevant material released by federal government departments to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, as well more 364 documents that WE Charity has provided to the Standing Committee on Finance.
To examine these questions, Dr. Al Rosen, a specialist in Investigative and Forensic Accounting (CA-IFA) reviewed the financials of WE Charity. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a specialist in Investigative and Forensic Accounting (CA-IFA). He has provided expert testimony in jurisdictions across Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada. His report also includes analysis from Froese Forensic, one of Canada’s largest independent financial investigative firms.
The Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) is an initiative of the Government of Canada offered as part of the support measures for young Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CSSG program was designed to offer grants to students that perform service placements to help their communities during the pandemic. To facilitate and operationalize an initiative of this scale, and within such a heavily compressed timeline, the federal government sought an external partner and WE Charity was selected to administer the program. Our experience working with 130+ school districts and agencies in Canada providing service-learning programs made WE Charity a logical candidate to help support this program.
There have been significant representations made about the purpose and value of WE’s real estate “holdings”. WE’s main property, accounting for about $30M of its “holdings”, is the WE Global Learning Centre (WE GLC) in Regent Park, Toronto.
Opened in 2017, the WE GLC was built to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the organization, and serve as WE’s global headquarters. It employs advanced technology to connect educators and youth anywhere in the world. The space brings all of WE’s educational and service-learning programs together in one place, allowing schools, youth groups and families to take part in training and workshops. The entire the first floor of the WE GLC is an open community space, dedicated to providing access to resources and mentorship opportunities to youth, educators, and families.
For our 25th anniversary this year, we were working to create a nexus of innovation, a “campus for good” that would bring together non-profits, social enterprises, and community services, all in one location to create local and global transformative change. That is the reason we bought multiple, adjoining properties on Queen St, right beside the WE GLC. The plan was widely discussed in the media, on our website and with donors and stakeholders for several years. The main driver of this initiative was to provide a vehicle for youth that had been involved in WE in their younger years, to continue to be agents of change into their 20s and 30s and start their own ventures.
With both the GLC and SEC, our goal was to positively transform the community WE calls home, ensuring those most in need continue to have a home in that community, and benefit from that positive impact. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic stalled the plan for the WE SEC, indefinitely.
Read more about our real estate philosophy here.
One of the covenants within WE Charity’s mortgage provisions is that it must generate positive EBITDA (Earnings before interest, taxes, and amortization) to cover 1.3 times the mortgage payments in the fiscal year. In 2017/2018, WE Charity shifted its fiscal year from Jan-Dec, to instead Sept-Aug to align with the academic year how the organization operates.
Lobbying has never been a core function of WE Charity and any federal lobbying has involved only a small fraction of staff time. In fact, WE Charity had only one employee handling both “Government and Stakeholder Relations,” at all levels. As the title suggests, this role involved engaging both “stakeholders”, including individual donors and foundations, and “government”, including municipal, provincial and federal governments.
There has been a fair amount of incorrect information regarding the engagement and ancillary fees paid to members of the Trudeau family. Click below for the full and correct information regarding these fees.
In 1995, 12-year-old Craig Kielburger learned about the story of Iqbal Masih, a child laborer of the same age who escaped slavery and was murdered for advocating for children’s rights. Inspired to take action, Craig rallied his classmates and his brother, Marc, to join his cause. Iqbal’s story showed Craig and Marc that people as young as them could drive significant change in the world around them.
They channelled this inspiration into creating WE Charity, a unique movement that sought to give young people a voice and a platform to become agents of global change.
WE Charity has sought to correct the public record regarding inaccurate and misleading statements by Charity Intelligence. Canadian media have made the Charity Intelligence website the “go-to” group for negative commentary about WE Charity since the Canada Student Service Grant was announced..