November 30, 2008
Published under: Canadian Charity Law
This entry discusses whether social enterprise, social innovation, social financing or community economic development (CED) is charitable.
Charities do a lot of great work. But with over 85,000 of them, and a few hundred bad apples amongst the lot, there will be times that you will be disappointed in a charity. When you have a concern about a charity or a charity does something wrong here are some ideas about how you can complain.
Here is a copy of my presentation Global Philanthropy: Canadians and Canadian Charities and Foreign Activities that I delivered to the Estate Planning Council of Toronto.
The problem of abusive charitable tax shelters using the developing world as a marketing tool continues. It just goes to show the importance of dealing with credible and legitimate charities if you want to make the world a better place.
The CRA has reminded charitable organizations (not foundations) that these charitable organizations will beginning in 2009 have to in addition to other disbursement quota requirements need to spend 3.5% of the value of all of their property the charity has that is not used directly in charitable activities or administration.