Another update from the Ontario government on ONCA

On January 7, 2020 I got another update from the Ontario government on ONCA.  I warn you for those who read my blogs that the update does not really…

Mark Blumberg speaking at the 17th Annual Foundation, Endowment and Not for Profit Investment Summit

Mark Blumberg will be speaking on top compliance issues and transparency with investments at the 17th Annual Foundation, Endowment and Not for Profit…

Australian Wildfires and Canadian donors

We all see from the media the terrible wildfires in Australia.  Some Canadian donors or charities have wanted to assist with the relief and recovery…

The war on philanthropy that does not exist, apparently continues!

The Wall Street Journal on January 8, 2020 in an opinion piece entitled "The War on Philanthropy:  Private giving achieves what government…

Universities outside of Canada that are qualified donees and fundraising in Canada

If a University is outside of Canada and on a special list maintained by CRA then that foreign university can issue Canadian "official donation…

Recent CRA letters of revocation for Canadian registered charities -2015-2018

Here are the CRA letters from a number of recent Canadian registered charity revocations.  These letters from CRA cover many different grounds for…

Corporations Canada Changes to Fees + Service Standard Times and improves transparency

Here is our article Corporations Canada Launches Changes to Fees and Service Standard Times and New Express Services Today.  There is some very…

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.…

Ontario government update re: ONCA transition -there will be an update

On December 31, 2019 the Ontario government apparently updated their webpage on ONCA.   I know this because the page says "Updated: December 31,…

CRA releases application form for qualified Canadian journalism organizations

The CRA on December 20, 2019, put out a press release on their incentives relating to journalism.   As well CRA has released the T625 Application for…

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. An easy enough…

Mormon church has US$100 billion dollar fund and questions asked about it.

The Washington Post recently had an article entitled "Mormon Church has misled members on $100 billion tax-exempt investment fund, whistleblower…

Another exposé on super wealthy using DAFs in a way that raises lots of questions

There was recently an article in VOX entitled "Google’s Larry Page gave $400 million in Christmas donations. Not a penny went straight to charity.…

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…

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 amounts of donations claimed by donors on their Canadian tax forms.  We have lamented, especially the 2006 year, when there was…

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…