Donor Advised Funds can have greater secrecy – it can also be a problem

Donor Advised Funds are registered charities in Canada that allow a donor to donate to the charity but the donor retains the ability to recommend…

Upcoming Webinars for the Canadian Charity Law Association

The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars. Registration is free but space is limited. Topics are subject to change.…

Church of Atheism of Central Canada v. CRA – atheism is not a religion for Canadian charity purposes

A recent Federal Court of Appeal case Church of Atheism of Central Canada v. Canada (National Revenue) deals with a group promoting atheism who…

CRA will not alert public about charities that get funds from foreign states that support terrorism

Although it is not news many Canadian charities would be surprised that CRA is not prepared to disclose which charities received funds from countries…

CRA’s Top Five Audit Issues

If you have ever wondered what are some of the most common findings CRA has when it audits charities well here is the "Top Five Audit Issues":…

It is giving season time again – some thoughts on effective giving

It is now the giving season.  We will hear lots from charities on Giving Tuesday and perhaps you will be inundated with too many emails on Giving…

Stats Can releases information on charitable donations and it is as meaningless as always

Statistics Canada every year releases a little report on "Charitable donors".  The numbers are very detailed and very specific - but unfortunately,…

Canadian donations are far more than that which is claimed by taxpayers on their returns

Here is a list of the donations claimed by donors on their Canadian tax forms.  We have lamented, especially the 2006 year, when there was over $1.3…

Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation is for now a qualified donee in Canada

There is a list called "foreign charities that have received a gift from Her Majesty in right of Canada".  As the name suggests a group that gets a…

CRA terminates some municipalities as qualified donees

I know the title sounds a little harsh but I recently checked a list that the CRA maintains of municipalities that are "qualified donees" or groups…

Increase in numbers of organizations in two qualified donee categories

There are a couple of important qualified donee categories that have increased in size - first the "List of municipal or public bodies performing a…

The CRA has released an updated 2019 version of its T3010 Registered Charity Information Return

The CRA has released recently the 2019 version C of its T3010 Registered Charity Information Return.  The major changes deal with replacing political…

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2020

Blumbergs is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp again on Monday April 20, 2020.…

ON government access to information disclosure on ONCA – so many pages and so little said

Since February 2019 there has not been any update from the Ontario government about ONCA coming into force.  As we have noted before the Ontario…

VITREO Brain Trust Philanthropy Podcast on Community Foundations, DAFs and Perpetual Funds

I was recently on a VITREO podcast entitled Episode 31: The Impact of the Community Foundation - How They Have Become Power Players in…

Miller v. The Queen, 2019 TCC 204 – the Tax Court of Canada sure can be slow

There was a recent Tax Court of Canada ("TCC") case Miller v. The Queen, 2019 TCC 204. It is not an important or exciting case - it deals with a…

ATIP request from Global Affairs Canada re: Canadian NGOs that applied for and received funding

Here is an Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) request made of Global Affairs Canada in 2018 relating to "List of all Canadian non-profit…

Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) In Canada – an online course by Mark Blumberg

We have recently launched another online course entitled "Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) In Canada: Understanding this important and often…

Interesting article by Press Progress on the True North Centre for Public Policy

Press Progress has written an article entitled Right-Wing Media Outlet Accredited For Leaders’ Debate is Also Registered as a Charity for Immigrants.…

CRA Sending Out T3010 Reminders

CRA is now sending out reminders to registered charities to file their T3010s on time. This reminders are going out roughly 3 months before the…

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2017

We are pleased to launch our Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2017  with information on the Canadian registered charity sector…

Some government of Canada material on social enterprise, social innovation and social finance

Here are some documents relating to social finance, social investments and social enterprise that have been requested by various people through the…

Doug Ford continues to obfuscate on ONCA and delay releasing information on ONCA

The current Ontario Conservative Government seems to have adopted the Ontario Liberal party's approach to ONCA.   It is something like 'people of…

Is employer contribution to employee crowdfunding a taxable benefit?

There is an interesting letter from CRA dealing with "Whether an employer's contribution to an employee's crowdfunding campaign raising funds…