CBC “Pandemic tests limits of religious freedom as churches set to fight B.C.’s COVID-19 rules in court”

The CBC's Jason Proctor wrote an article today on "Pandemic tests limits of religious freedom as churches set to fight B.C.'s COVID-19 rules in…

CRA provides additional information on foreign activities by Canadian charities

After years of seeing less and less transparency about registered charities in Canada coming from the CRA, for various reasons, we now have one…

Going the Extra Mile: The Liability of Foreignness in U.S. Foundation International Grantmaking to Local NGOs

I recently ran across a very good article entitled: "Going the Extra Mile: The Liability of Foreignness in U.S. Foundation International Grantmaking…

Blackbaud’s “Tax Receipting and the Top Compliance Issues for Canadian Charities” delivered by Mark Blumberg

Mark Blumberg will be delivering a webinar for Blackbaud on "Tax Receipting and the Top Compliance Issues for Canadian Charities".  Here is further…

La Presse Inc. is first registered journalism organization registered under new category of qualified donee

La Presse Inc. is now the first registered journalism organization registered under new category of qualified donee.  You can see it listed here.  As…

Reminder from Corporations Canada re: AGMs in 2021 for CNCA corporations

Here is a reminder we just received from Corporations Canada relating to AGMs in 2021 for CNCA corporations and that they can be done virtually,…

Registered charities reporting the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), and other Federal subsidies, on their T3010

Many Canadian registered charities will be receiving funds from the Federal government relating to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Canada…

Bloomberg Businessweek: “How a Charity Superstar Innovated Its Way to Political Scandal” – with coverage of the WE Charity scandal

Today an article appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek entitled "How a Charity Superstar Innovated Its Way to Political Scandal: The Kielburger brothers…

Some quick stats on the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”)

Did you know that there are: 31,462 active CNCA corporations (As of September 1st 2020) 3,364 incorporations last year alone:  (Fiscal year…

New course – Running and Maintaining a Federal Non-Profit Corporation under the CNCA – An Introduction

We have recently prepared a new course on Running and Maintaining a Federal Non-Profit Corporation under the CNCA – An Introduction.   Here is…

Canadian charities can have relationships with non-charities but need to have adequate separation

We recently did a course entitled Multiple Corporate Structures for Canadian For-Profits, NPOs, + Charities to Enhance Flexibility and Impact.…

Happy Holidays from the OECD – a very interesting report on different countries and how they treat philanthropy and charities

An interesting report from the OECD on charities in many different countries recently was published. It was given a really exciting title namely…

New Ontario Business Registry will one day become active and you should sign up now to get reminders and information

The Ontario Ministry of Government Services is launching a new Ontario Business Registry at some point over the next year or two.  This Registry will…

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint by Lucy Bernholz – a very useful critique of the NPO sector in the US

For those interested in understanding the complexity of US non-profits, much of which is similar in Canada, you might find the Philanthropy and…

CRA reminds charities of importance of filing T3010 Registered Charity Information Return by December 31, 2020

I received the following today from CRA reminding charities to file their T3010 if it was due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020:  …

Statistics Canada launches crowd sourced questionnaire on diversity in the non-profit and charity sector.

Statistics Canada launched a crowd-sourced questionnaire on diversity in the non-profit and charity sector.  I encourage groups to complete the…

Another version of CRA’s guidance on advancement of religion released in an access to information request

We have been blogging about CRA's draft guidance "Advancement of religion and charitable registration" in 2009, 2017 and 2018.   Essentially CRA has…

CRA Ministerial Welcome Package – excerpts dealing with charities

We recently received a copy of the CRA Ministerial Welcome Package which is dated November 2019. There are a number of references to charities…

Why does CRA ask about charitable “activities” and not just about charitable “purposes”

In a recent CRA document, we obtained that was released through access to information, it provides a good explanation of why CRA cares about…

CRA document “Purposes Not Being Furthered” dealing with charity applications without adequate information on activities

About 4000 groups apply each year to the Charities Directorate of CRA to receive registered charitable status and about 46% obtain that status.  The…

Report “Unfunded: Black Communities Overlooked by Canadian Philanthropy” released – shows miniscule funding of Black groups

A recent report entitled "Unfunded: Black Communities Overlooked by Canadian Philanthropy" is a wakeup call that Foundations and Charities are not…

CRA introduces simplified process for employees claiming expenses while working from home

The CRA recently introduced a simplified process to allow employees in certain cases to claim home office expenses.   About 1/2 of charities in…

Mark Blumberg’s testimony to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) on CSSG/WE Charity Scandal

On Friday, December 11, 2020 I gave testimony to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) on the CSSG and We…

CRA revokes as a result of audit first 2 charities in over a year

The CRA has revoked its first two registered charities in over a year.  Actually, over 13 months not one charity has been revoked.  Some think that…