CALGARY- They’ve helped hundreds of people affected by the June flood and raised thousands of dollars, but there are now concerns about exactly how Mission Possible is being run.
In Alberta, organizations that accept donations over a certain limit must register with the province, and registered charities must also submit financial reports that verify donations were used appropriately.
Mission Possible has still not registered with the province, and while they applied for a charitable registration number it has still not been approved.
“The contribution total needs to include cash as well as any goods that would be converted to cash, like cans or bottles, as well as any goods that would be given to someone else for their use,” explains Lisa Elliott from Service Alberta.
“It’s to ensure accountability back to the public that those are indeed legitimate charities and that the donations are being used appropriately.”
The issue was raised after it emerged that the charity needs to clear hundreds of bedroom suites out of a northeast warehouse, which were donated by Suncor last year. Many of the donations were also stolen.
The organization also accepted about $10,000 in cash donations, which was supposed to go to flood victims.
During the floods, Mission Possible rallied volunteers to help clean up devastated communities throughout Calgary and in High River.