We assist Canadian charities, their staff and boards of directors, to understand their legal and ethical obligations when operating a Canadian registered charity and provide insights and information to non-Canadian charities interested in operating or fundraising in Canada.
The charitable sector in Canada has become more challenging. It is highly competitive with over 86,000 Canadian registered charities. As well donors, regulators, media, the public as well as other stakeholders, have increasingly high expectations of charities and how they operate. We assist charities in Canada grapple with these important legal and standards issues.
Here is a recent article written by Mark Blumberg, Kate Robertson and Lynn Gluckman of Blumberg Segal LLP on the Top Fallacies about private foundations in Canada. The article discusses incorrect misconceptions that many people have about private foundations. This article was also published as a two-part series by the Hillborn Charity eNews on April 19th, 2016 and April 26, 2016.
The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars. Registration is free but space is limited.
The Hillborn Charity eNews just published the second part of our article Top fallacies about private foundations in Canada. It discusses numerous incorrect preconceptions that people have about private foundations.
CRA has been sending out notices relating to the 2015 T3010 Registered Charity Information Return asking that a one page form entitled "New Reporting Requirement" be added to a registered charity's 2015 T3010 filing. The notice essentially asks the question "Did the charity have direct partnership holdings at any time during the fiscal period?" and CRA has already included that question in the 2016 T3010 under question C15 but it was not included in the 2015 T3010.
In the Cup Trust case there was an abusive scheme run by a charity and controlled by a trustee, Mountstar. The Mountstar trustee was replaced by an interim manager appointed to take over the affairs of the charity. The interim manager decided that they did not want to pursue litigation relating to a Gift Aid claim. The organizers of the scheme (Mountstar) wanted the charity to continue litigation and were prepared to pay for its costs. The High Court in the UK decided that charities should not be involved in speculative litigation and that it was acceptable for the interim manager to withdraw the Gift Aid claim.