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WE Charity

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.

ME to WE Social Enterprise

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.

Correcting the Record

Facts and fallacies about WE Charity and the CSSG
Facts and fallacies about WE Charity and the CSSG

Canada Student Service Grant

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.

Contribution Agreement
Contribution Agreement
Contribution Agreement FAQ
Contribution Agreement FAQ
WE Social Entrepreneurship concept paper - April 9, 2020
WE Social Entrepreneurship concept paper - April 9, 2020
Rachel Wernick contacting Craig Kielburger - April 19, 2020
Rachel Wernick contacting Craig Kielburger - April 19, 2020
ESDC Youth Service Program internal draft - April 30, 2020
ESDC Youth Service Program internal draft - April 30, 2020

Real Estate

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.

WE Charity real estate
WE Charity real estate
Co-founders parents
Co-founders parents

Bank Covenants

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.

Lobbyist Registration

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.

Lobbyist Registration
Lobbyist Registration
Proactive Disclosure (Federal Goverment Contacts)
Proactive Disclosure (Federal Goverment Contacts)

Engagement and Ancillary Fees

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.

Engagement Honorariums
Engagement Honorariums

More about WE Charity

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.

2020 Board of Directors statement
2020 Board of Directors statement
2020 Board Transition
2020 Board Transition
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Measuring WE’s Domestic Impact
Measuring WE’s Domestic Impact
Our International Work
Our International Work
ME to WE and WE Charity Relationship
ME to WE and WE Charity Relationship
Evaluation and transparency
Evaluation and transparency

Releases and Updates

Email to Minister Morneau - April 26th, 2020
Email to Minister Morneau - April 26th, 2020
Media Statement - WE Charity - July 3, 2020
Media Statement - WE Charity - July 3, 2020
Planning for the future of WE - July 15, 2020
Planning for the future of WE - July 15, 2020
Kielburgers to appear before Commons Committee - July 20, 2020
Kielburgers to appear before Commons Committee - July 20, 2020
WE Charity named only organization to deliver CSSG program - July 21, 2020
WE Charity named only organization to deliver CSSG program - July 21, 2020
Addressing Toronto Sun - July 21, 2020
Addressing Toronto Sun - July 21, 2020
WE Charity Response to Finance Committee Hearing - July 22, 2020
WE Charity Response to Finance Committee Hearing - July 22, 2020
Addressing Finance Minister's statement - July 22, 2020
Addressing Finance Minister's statement - July 22, 2020
Corrections sent to Toronto Sun - August 7th, 2020
Corrections sent to Toronto Sun - August 7th, 2020

Charity Intelligence

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.

Our letter to Charity Intelligence, July 21st, 2020
Our letter to Charity Intelligence, July 21st, 2020
Response to FINA Testimony by Charity Intelligence - August 6th, 2020
Response to FINA Testimony by Charity Intelligence - August 6th, 2020