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Civic Charities Endorsement Bureau
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1931 - 1970 (Creation)
- Winnipeg (Man.). Civic Charities Endorsement Bureau
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6 m. of textual records.
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The Civic Charities Endorsement Bureau was created on June 30, 1913 through By-Law No. 8062. The Bureau was established to “investigate and examine the character and bona fides of all charitable concerns seeking aid from the City or its citizens”. In effect, the Bureau was responsible for ensuring that charities raising funds in the City filled an actual community need and demonstrated efficient and responsible stewardship of funds. The Bureau was made up of nine members, each of whom held office for a three year term.
In 1925, the Bureau joined the Confidential Exchange. The Exchange, a program sponsored by the Social Welfare Commission until 1939 and the Public Welfare Committee thereafter, was a coordinating body for agencies involved in social welfare work. In 1956, the provincial government passed The Charities Endorsement Act and widened the Bureau’s powers. The Act regulated granting of authorization to solicit funds or sell items within the province of Manitoba for a charitable purpose by charitable organizations or other agencies.
In 1996, the Act was amended again, and these amendments resulted in dissolution of the Civic Charities Endorsement Bureau. On December 11, 1996, the City of Winnipeg passed By-Law 6916/96, the Civic Charities Applications and Permits By-law, which designated a City of Winnipeg employee to authorize by permit fund-raising activities for charitable purposes as defined in The Charities Endorsement Act. At that time, the Director of the Community Resource, Protection and Safety Services, Community Services Department, was charged with administering and enforcing the new by-law. Presently, permit applications for civic charities are issued by the Manitoba Consumers Bureau and permits for raffles are issued by the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission.
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Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of reports, forms and documentation submitted by organizations seeking permission to solicit funds from the citizens of Winnipeg. Included are application forms, annual and financial reports of organizations, correspondence directed to and sent from the Civic Charities Endorsement Bureau, minutes and verbatim reports of Bureau deliberations, telephone poll results regarding requests from organizations, and police reports on unsanctioned solicitation or suspected cases of fraud. For the most part, files are arranged alphabetically by organization name and cover a wide range of organization types from community clubs to service clubs, health care agencies, hospitals, homes for seniors and orphaned children, and organizations formed in aid of disasters in other countries. A secondary series of files labeled Miscellaneous, "A", "B", "C", etc. contains alphabetical files and correspondence from obscure groups or organizations. Bureau minutes are in chronological order, with minutes numbered sequentially each year. Early files of the Bureau were destroyed.
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