Once again, Chalice has score most excellently in the MoneySense annual ranking of international development charities. They received an overall score of A+, the only international development charity with such a high grade. That makes them tops in Canada!

  • They scored A+ on efficiency, the most important category in the evaluation, with more than 92% of donations going directly to programs and less than 8% used for administration costs. That’s awesome stewardship.
  • They scored A on fundraising efficiency, as it only cost them $3.90 to raise $100 of donations.
  • They scored A+ on governance, meaning that they have excellent procedures in place to monitor the use of money, they are transparent about what they do and they make sure their programs are effective. Moreover, the highest paid person in the whole organization earned just over $64,000, hardly a fortune.
  • Finally, they scored A+ on the “reserves” grade, because they have just the right amount of reserves set aside. Other charities were penalized for having either too little funds to weather any lull in donations, or too large of a stash sitting unproductively in a bank account.

More importantly for Christians, Chalice’s programs are entirely in keeping with the moral and social teachings of the Church. They remain Socon or Bust‘s preferred charity for international development. Thank God for Chalice!

So how did Development and Peace score? They didn’t make the list. Keep in mind that MoneySense doesn’t publish the ranking of every charity in the country. It only publishes the top 100, which are grouped into eight broad categories. D&P falls into the International Aid and Development category, within which MoneySense published rankings for 14 organizations. D&P is not part of the list. I guess it was a bad year.

In 2012, you may recall, D&P trumpeted with much fanfare that they had achieved an overall score of A- in the MoneySense ranking, up from their previous score of B. However, in the ever important category of Overall Charity Efficiency, they had scored just a “C+” back in 2012. That was the worst score among the charities published in International Aid and Development category. So if MoneySense found that D&P was doing a lousy job of stewardship, how did they get an overall score of A-? Part of it is attributable to a laughable score of A in transparency. Anybody who has followed the D&P scandal over the last 4½ years knows that D&P is anything but transparent. I surmise that in 2013, MoneySense took a closer look at D&P transparency’s practices and gave them a much lower score, resulting in D&P dropping from the published list. That’s my gut feeling.

More importantly than all these considerations, we still don’t have any assurances that D&P is operating in accordance with Church teaching in its overseas programs. Less than a year ago, Socon or Bust was still discovering partners of D&P engaging in anti-life programming. I still don’t trust them. They haven’t earned back our trust. And they never will if their management of funds continues to be so opaque that you feel that your donations are being sucked into a giant black hole.

So in the meantime, let’s rejoice in the continued outstanding performance of Chalice. Let’s give thanks to God that we have such dedicated people doing authentic social justice work while running a thrifty and transparent operation. Bravo!

4 Responses to “Chalice again scores #1 in charity rating, Development and Peace doesn’t make the list”
  1. Roger Dodger says:

    There is no scandal, except perhaps in your own mind. It’s interesting that when MoneySense gives a verdict you agree with, you deem it accurate, but when they give a verdict you don’t agree with (a transparency score of A), you call it “laughable”. Maybe you’re just a cafeteria Catholic on things like this.
    Your surmising is just that, surmising. It makes for a sad commentary on your integrity.
    As for transparency, what is your source of money, and how much of that goes to keep you afloat?
    Perhaps it’s time you began listening to the bishops of Canada, and accept what they say about D&P being a solidly Catholic organization.
    Otherwise, you are just so conning people, and your integrity is bust.

  2. Paycheck says:

    >>There is no scandal, except perhaps in your own mind. It’s interesting that when MoneySense gives a verdict you agree with, you deem it accurate, but when they give a verdict you don’t agree with (a transparency score of A), you call it “laughable”. Maybe you’re just a cafeteria Catholic on things like this.

    + No, because transparency does not change when management is the same from one year to the next and the evidence just keeps rolling in that one is in denial.

    >>Your surmising is just that, surmising. It makes for a sad commentary on your integrity.

    + Friend, you need to consult the evidence and stop engaging in wishful thinking.

    >>As for transparency, what is your source of money, and how much of that goes to keep you afloat?

    + I can assure you that over the years of activism of this blog, over $10,000 has gone out…NET. We don’t make money. We lose money for the sake of the truth. I’ve never benefitted personally, nor has any organization that I have initiated.

    >> Perhaps it’s time you began listening to the bishops of Canada, and accept what they say about D&P being a solidly Catholic organization.

    + If we had accepted what the bishops had said way back when, D&P’s more gross crimes would have gone unreported. If you like the Koolaid then best go and read the CCCB’s website, and leave the rest of the blogosphere alone to ferret out the truth.

    >> Otherwise, you are just so conning people, and your integrity is bust.

    + This blog cons no one. Like I always say, put up or shut up. Produce the evidence or go home.

  3. Squeaker says:

    I’m sorry you feel this way. The scandal at DP is well documented and has lasted more than 4.5 years. The question of “if” there was a scandal was settled long ago. That’s why the bishops intervened to clean house. And there continues to be a scandal, as will be revealed on these pages in the coming days.

    I listen to the bishops when they speak the truth. When they lie, I’m morally obliged to not listen.

    I don’t claim to be a saintly man, but I know how to read. And I’ve read an awful lot about DP and its partners in the last few years. Transparency? DP doesn’t answer emails or return phone calls. They don’t respond to letters. They don’t publish financial statements explaining how they spend the money. But they do lie to our faces over and over again. That’s an F for transparency.

  4. Helene says:

    If Mr. Dodger doesn’t believe the evidence brought forth by credible sources (ie Life Site News), how about the Bishop from Peru who wrote to the Canadian Bishops regarding D&P’s anti-Catholic activities in his country? (this was revealed 2-3 years ago). One can live in denial only so long -

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