CanadianCharityLaw.ca is a blog of the law firm Blumberg Segal LLP (Blumbergs) based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Blumbergs provides legal services and advice to non-profits and charities that are operating in Canada including on the following:

  • Incorporation of non-profits, organizing non-profits and applying for registered charitable status in Canada
  • Maintaining charitable status and dealing with the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) and their requirements
  • Facilitating foreign charitable activities undertaken by Canadian charities
  • Corporate changes (amending articles and by-laws) and moving Ontario non-profit corporations to the Federal CNCA
  • Assisting and creating charitable partnerships, contractor relationships, joint ventures, affiliations and mergers
  • Operating social enterprises and related business activities for charities
  • Staffing issues within charities involving employees and independent contractors
  • Developing and revising agreements with donors and funders
  • Providing advice on legal and ethical issues associated with fundraising, governance and operational issues
  • Improving governance including policies, procedures, and by-laws
  • Assisting non-profits and charities with advocacy and political activities
  • Advising on fundraising contracts, major gifts agreements and planned giving
  • Conducting informal legal audits and advising on risk management
  • Assisting clients with CRA “books and records reviews” and audits
  • In-person and online educational programs for boards, staff, and volunteers on legal and ethical issues

Our blog at CanadianCharityLaw.ca provides accessible, plain language and free legal, ethical and practical information to a large number of Canadian individuals, non-profits and charities to assist them to understand their charity’s obligations.

Our firm prides itself on providing advice that is practical, up-to-date, affordable and that integrates ethical issues with the legal advice.  We work with clients – everyone from very small to very large charities, to help them understand both their legal and ethical responsibilities and to raise the level and standards of practice. Donors, the media, and the public have expectations of charities that not based solely on the charity meeting their minimum legal requirements.

The information on this website is provided free and subject to our Disclaimer, Copyright and Privacy Notice.

If you require legal advice with respect to non-profit and charities and wish to retain our law firm please contact Mark Blumberg at mark@blumbergs.ca or 416.361.1982 and we will send you a copy of our billing policy which includes hourly rates and charges for services.

Blumberg Segal LLP is a small law firm with ten lawyers in downtown Toronto.  It was originally set up by Henry Blumberg in 1984.

Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.  He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, an LLB from the University of British Columbia and an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School in Tax Law.

Mark is also the editor of www.canadiancharitylaw.ca – a Canadian charity law website and www.globalphilanthropy.ca – a Canadian website dedicated to legal and ethical issues for Canadian charities operating abroad. He also manages www.charitydata.ca which is the largest portal in Canada with data on Canadian registered charities and www.smartgiving.ca, a website encouraging Canadians to donate to legitimate charities.

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