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.
Kate Robertson and Mark Blumberg recently prepared Part 2 of the article series, Guidance for Professional Athletes considering Philanthropy in Canada. This article provides suggestions and tips for professional athletes (and their trusted advisors) with respect to estabishing and operating a successful Canadian registered charity.
For Ontario non-profit corporations the next few years will be challenging from a corporate law point of view. Here is our article "Fed up with ONCA yet? Consider skipping it altogether and moving to the Federal CNCA".
The 2017 Canadian Federal Budget was released today. Here is our article 2017 Canadian Federal Budget - How will it affect the Canadian charitable sector?
The Ontario Hospital Association is having a conference entitled "Strengthening Foundation Governance: Current Issues, Challenges and Solutions". I will be presenting on Charitable Giving, Transparency and Standards. There will be a number of other interesting presentations.
The Charity Commission has recently updated their guidance "Charity finances: trustee essentials". It provides helpful information on finances that Canadian directors and trustees, as well as staff, should be aware of. Keep in mind that on certain points the law in Canada is different than in England and Wales. Unfortunately the CRA provides far less guidance on financial management and governance to the charity sector than I would like.