Donations to Charities and Non-Profit Organizations
At EthicalHost we
believe in the importance of corporate social and environmental
responsibility. One of the key ways we try to be a good corporate
citizen is by donating 10% of our pre-tax profit back to the
We recognize there are so many important areas that warrant
donations but we have chosen to focus on the following three areas
which we care about deeply: 1) Economic/Social Justice in Canada, 2)
Environment and Biodiversity, 3) World Poverty and Human Rights. We have limited it
to three areas of focus to ensure that our 10% donation does not get
divided too thinly. We compiled a list of three organizations
per category based on our own knowledge of the important work they
do and from the suggestions of our clients.
Please see below for more information about
our selection process for corporate
donations and recent
changes we incorporated. Corporate transparency is
important to us at EthicalHost.
In addition to donating 10% of pre-tax profits, we further
our commitment to corporate social and environmental responsibility
by telecommuting, using public transit, supporting local and cooperative
businesses, minimizing paper use and using 100% post-consumer
products wherever possible. We also offset our company’s energy usage
with carbon offsets as well as purchasing
green power direct from
bullfrog power for our office.
Voting Has finished.
View the full results here.
See this years winners below.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has received our donation for the 2014 tax year
(boy it was close)!
Big Brothers Big Sisters:
We believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn
be changing the course of a community’s future.
That it could lead to a reduction in poverty and unemployment. Or to
safer schools and neighbourhoods. Or to a renewed optimism for
growth. That it could even lead to change on a broader, more
The Wakefield Grannies:
Our mission is to maintain personal contact and financially assist
women in South Africa who are caring for AIDS-orphaned
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre:
TRCC/MWAR is a grassroots, women-run collective working towards a
violence-free world by providing anti-oppressive, feminist peer
support to survivors of sexual violence through support, education
Environment and Biodiversity
Nature Conservancy Canada has received our donation for the 2014 tax year.
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network:
Mission: To promote food sovereignty and democratic decision-making
on science and technology issues in order to protect the integrity
of the environment, health, food, and the livelihoods of people in
Canada and around the world by facilitating, informing and
organizing civil society action, researching, and providing
information to government for policy development. (this is a Tides
Ecosource is an Ontario-based environmental education non-profit
serving youth, adults, and families. Our work began in Mississauga
and has expanded throughout the Region of Peel and beyond. Their
Mission is To inspire and empower the community to become more
environmentally responsible through creative public education.
Nature Conservancy Canada: www.natureconservancy.ca
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) protects areas of natural
diversity for their intrinsic value and for the benefit of our
children and those after them. The Nature Conservancy of Canada will
lead, innovate and use creativity in the conservation of Canada's
natural heritage. We will secure important natural areas through
their purchase, donation or other mechanisms, and then manage these
properties for the long term.
World Poverty and Human Rights
Zidisha has received our donation for the 2014 tax year.
see my profile here:
Against Malaria Foundation:
Mission: The relief of suffering from malaria by the provision of
funds for the prevention and/or treatment of malaria and the
advancement of education in the subjects of a) the problems and
suffering caused by malaria and b) what can be done to alleviate
them. More specifically, 100% of the money we raise buys
long-lasting insecticidal mosquito nets (LLINs). Via distribution
partnerships, these nets end up over heads and beds and we
demonstrate that has happened.
Free the Children:
Although free the children may very well do good work, some
information came to light from some people that used to work for
free the children and they do not treat their staff very well at all
and do not pay their salary correctly. Several past employees are
still owed several thousand dollars each. this is not the way to run
a charity and shame on you free the children. Please choose many of
the other more respectable charities. For this reason they were
removed from the voting sheet part way through the survey.
Zidisha is the first online microlending community that directly
connects lenders and entrepreneurs — no matter the distance or
disparity between them. We bypass expensive local banks and
intermediaries that charge sky-high interest rates and offer a
person-to-person platform that lets lenders and entrepreneurs
communicate openly and instantly.
NOTE: this selection will result in a continuous loan/repayment
that will help a lot of entrepreneurs as its not a donation or
Organizations that are chosen for each donation category are
taken primarily from suggestions sent to us by our Customers. When
more than one customer recommends the same organization, more weight
is given to that suggestion. We then compile a list of those
organizations, try and fit them into one of our categories as best
as we can, and then we do a little research to try and choose ones
with the lowest administrative overhead to put on the list for
Each year the winning organization is removed from the list and
replaced with a new one for the following years vote.
We welcome suggestions for charities/non-profits that can be
added in upcoming years but ask that they meet the following
--Have a charitable registration number.
--Have a website where they outline their mandate.
--Fit into one of our three categories: Economic/Social Justice in
Canada, Environment and Biodiversity, World Poverty & Human Rights.
We will monitor and evaluate our corporate donation selection
process, and welcome any suggestions you may have for improvement.
We will continue to be transparent about the process and any changes
we incorporate. Any organization that consistently receives a small
percentage of the vote each year may also be replaced with other
groups at our discretion.
Recent Change in Selection Process
When EthicalHost was founded we had hoped to let our
clients designate organizations of their choice for our corporate
donations, and our longer term clients may remember reading this.
Unfortunately we ran into difficulties with this method. We believe
in the importance of corporate transparency and want to explain the
reasons for our change in the donation process. In 2007 we compiled
a list of our clients' favourite organizations -- the list was
extensive and quite varied in focus. We were concerned that
the bulk of our donation would get used up in the administrative
costs of the charities if we sent a small amount to each. We
are trying a new process because Ethical Web Services wants to
ensure that the maximum donation possible gets to the front-line.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions
about this change.