Federal government introduces first-time donor super credit

The federal government is encouraging new donors to make a charitable gift, by offering a temporary tax incentive. First-time donors will be eligible to receive an additional 25% tax credit, for any charitable gifts made before 2018.

Currently, the Tax Act allows any donor to claim a non-refundable tax credit of 15% for the first $200 of charitable donations made per year, and 29% for all donations made over that threshold.

The new tax incentive, named the “First-time Donors Super Credit” (“FDSC”), will combine these incentives, and allow the following for first-time charitable donors 40% on donations $200 or less, and 54% on donations over $200 and up to $1,000.

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Kaplan instrument collection opens

From drums and zithers to more exotic instruments like crumhorns, shawms, and racketts, during and beyond his 30 years at the U of S, Professor Emeritus David L. Kaplan (music) has collected historical and Indigenous instruments from all over the world.

During the past year, Kaplan has assembled a part of his collection as a donation to the College of Arts & Science’s Department of Music for research, exhibition, and use by student and faculty musicians. On March 9, the department honoured Kaplan at the opening of the collection’s new storage and display space in the Education Building.

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PotashCorp supports Huskies’ CIS teams

For the third straight year, PotashCorp has made a significant donation to Huskie Athletics at the University of Saskatchewan. The $150,000 gift will support all 15 of the Huskies’ Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) teams, will supplement each team’s budget and will provide funding for student athletes in the Huskies Sport Health Centre.

“We are proud to support our hometown Huskies and athletic programming at the U of S,” said Denita Stann, vice-president of investor and public relations at PotashCorp, in a media release. “Athletic programs teach important lessons outside the classroom about leadership, commitment, and teamwork – the same values that drive our company and our people everyday.”

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Fitzhenry Family Foundation brings nursing technology to the North

Florence Nightingale, the most famous nurse of all time, was the inspiration for the winning entry in contest to name one of two community-nursing robots located in northern Saskatchewan. The robot’s full name is RoboGale and it is located Air Ronge. Along with a second one called IleXPERT, or Pert for short, in Ile-a-la-Crosse, the robots are part of the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing initiative to provide undergraduate nursing education to students in both communities.

The University of Saskatchewan’s College of Nursing unveiled the new technology this past summer, thanks to a $10,000 gift from the Fitzhenry Family Foundation. The project helps students learn without having to leave home, an attempt by the college to address the growing need for nurses in Saskatchewan’s North.

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