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Hospice Society added to list of top charities

The Red Deer Hospice Society is among an elite list of 45 national top-performing charities.

The local hospice society is among six other charities in the hospice category that were selected by Charity Intelligence Canada as the 2012 top picks list of Canadian charities.

Other categories included at-risk youth, education, food banks, social services, homelessness, women’s charities, health and animal welfare.

“This year’s top pick charities have proved that they are efficient and effective,” said Greg Thomson, director of research at Charity Intelligence.

“They are not only able to run their operations cost-efficiently, but more importantly, they produce bottom-line results in enhancing the lives of their clients.

For donors who are looking for the most impact from their giving, these charities are ones to invest in.”

On Nov. 20, Charity Intelligence Canada released its annual charity top picks report, which identified 45 outstanding Canadian charities from across the country.

Charities are selected after going through a rigorous assessment process, including financial analysis, management interviews and an examination of social results. After all that, Top Pick Charities are identified for their high social returns on donations, through benchmarking relative to similar charities across Canada.

The 2012 Top Picks report can be viewed at



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