TORONTO — After 63 years as a going concern, the Canadian Centre for Diversity (CCD) is ceasing day to day operations.
The organization, which began life as the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews (CCCJ), will wind up operations in the next 60 to 90 days, lay off 10 employees and seek out other charitable organizations to take on its primary leadership education function, said Janice O’Born, chair of the board of directors.
Four hundred Toronto students who have signed up for the organization’s leadership training program will be told the program has been cancelled, she added. O’Born said the steps had to be taken now so that there would be enough funds on hand to ensure current staff receive a full severance package.
The reason for the closure is purely financial, she said. In recent years, private sector donations have dried up and government grants have not been forthcoming. The organization faces a $1-million shortfall in its 2013 budget.
O’Born attributed much of the problem to “donor fatigue,” as more and more high-profile charitable projects draw away available community resources. She also said previous management mishandled the change that led to the end of the CCCJ and the creation of the Canadian Centre for Diversity.
Long-standing supporters were not consulted about the change, she said. Many were angry at being handed a fait accompli and decided not to support the new organization. The change, however, was necessary, she said. “The school system did not allow us in as Christians and Jews. They said we were not being inclusive.”...Should've changed its name to the Canadian Centre for Dhimmis.