Tax preparer given prison sentence for false charitable donation receipts

Here is a recent bulletin from CRA dealing with the problem of fraudulent official donation receipts. Canada Revenue AgencyFeb 07, 2020,…

Class action lawsuit certified for GLGI donation scheme

The Canadian Lawyer has an article Class action certified for "sham" charitable donation tax scheme.  It discusses the class action lawsuit against a…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Online Charity Law Courses from Blumbergs – 24/7 compliance education for registered charities

We have created two new online courses for those outside of Toronto who are not able to easily attend our programs.  They might also be helpful to…

Dramatic changes to the CRA Charities Listing

CRA has recently updated its Charities Listing and the most notable change is the fact that they have reduced the amount of information available on…

Fundamentals of Receipting by Canadian Charities

Properly issuing official donation receipts has been challenging for many registered charities.  According to the CRA, 89% of registered…

Fundamentals of the T3010 and Transparency for Canadian Charities

Every year Canadian registered charities must file the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return with the Charities Directorate of CRA. In June…

Canadian Charity Legal Checklist by Mark Blumberg – April 2019

Here is our new Canadian Charity Legal Checklist.  For those who are interested in reviewing legal compliance for their registered charity,…

CFA Society of Toronto 2019 Wealth Conference

I will be speaking at the CFA Society of Toronto 2019 Wealth Conference on May 1, 2019 dealing with the topic ​"Professional Advisors and…

Blumbergs’ International Philanthropy Conference 2019 (SOLD OUT)

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a full-day event on international philanthropy on April 12, 2019: Blumbergs' International…

Canadian Federal Budget 2019 and its impact on non-profits and charities

Finance Minister Morneau delivered the 2019 Federal Budget today.  Here is our article "2019 Canadian Federal Budget - How will it affect the…

SNC-Lavalin Affair and the Charity Sector

The SNC-Lavalin affair has been in the news for a while. Here is an article on how this SNC-Lavalin scandal relates to the charity sector.

Fallacies about private foundations in 2019 – an article on the many myths about private foundations

The compliance requirements and restrictions on private foundations in Canada are frequently misunderstood, even by those who run large private…

Bill C-86 Receives Royal Assent

On Thursday December 13, 2018, Bill C-86 received Royal Assent. Within this Bill, there are several changes to the Income Tax Act related…

Informal Risk Reviews are Excellent Value for Money for Registered Charities

I wrote an article many years ago encouraging informal legal reviews by non-profits and charities. It was called “Canadian nonprofit and charity…

New Canadian Registered Charity Legal Checklist by Mark Blumberg

Here is the new Canadian Charity Legal Checklist.  For those who are interested in reviewing legal compliance for their registered charity they…

Ontario rules change for compensation of certain directors of charitable corporations

Here is our article Ontario rules change for compensation of certain directors of non-profit corporations that are charities.    

Concerns and complaints about Canadian registered charities and their operations

Canadian Charities do a lot of great work.  But with over 86,000 of them, and a few hundred really bad apples amongst the lot, and probably thousands…

Blumbergs’ Pre-Budget Brief to the Finance Committee

Here is a copy of our Submission to the Federal Finance Committee dated August 1, 2018 for the 2019 Federal Budget.  The…