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.
Blumbergs has created the largest Canadian registered charity information portal at www.charitydata.ca with up to 13 years information on every Canadian registered charity. We have just added additional ways to sort data at www.charitydata.ca. You can search by name, BN, Program, Charity Type, Revenue, Province and City.
Here is a heavily redacted memorandum to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from the Privy Council Office (PCO) on the political activities audits. The memo was dated March 28, 2017.
CRA has noted on the Charities IT Modernization Project (CHAMP) page that internal divisions will be able to access the CRA online system without obtaining a new BN number. In September of 2017 we blogged about developments relating to "head bodies" and "internal divisions". Previously they had said that they will be issuing new distinct BN numbers to each internal division but now they will not.
Here is the CRA spokespersons talking points for the Release of the Consultation Panel Report on the public consultations on charities and political activity.
Here is a recent CRA presentation on political activities by Canadian registered charities that has some good examples of allowable and prohibited political activities. It was obtained through ATIP. Some have complained that the examples in CRA's political activities guidance are dated. This presentation provides more up-to-date and relevant examples.