Charity Law Information Program (CLIP) Toronto workshops on charity law and risk management Oct 6/09

I will be delivering two workshops in Toronto on October 6, 2009 for the Charity Law Information Program (CLIP) of CapacityBuilders.  For…

Canadian charities and intermediate sanctions by the Canada Revenue Agency

It used to be that if a registered charity was non-compliant CRA either revoked the charity or could do little about the non-compliance.  The…

Upcoming Charity Law Presentations in Canada by Mark Blumberg for CapacityBuilders

A list of some of my upcoming workshops for CapacityBuilders.In September, October and November I will be delivering workshops in a number of…

Insight Canadian Non-Profit and Charity Law Conference in Toronto – November 23-24, 2009

I am the program chair for a conference organized by Insight that will be held November 23 – 24, 2009 at the St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre…

Ontario Public Guardian and Trustee’s Tips for Managing Fundraising Risks

Here are the Ontario Public Guardian and Trustee’s Tips for Managing Fundraising Risks.Tips for Managing Fundraising RisksDirectors and…

CRA publishes warning on issuing official donation receipts for gifts of services by Charities

CRA has just published a reminder to charities that “Issuing receipts Caution: Gifts of services.  A registered charity is not permitted…

David Baines article on fundraising telemarketing firm Xentel DM Inc.

David Baines, a reporter with the Vancouver Sun, recently wrote an article on a telemarketing firm Xentel DM Inc..  It is entitled…

Paper on “Regulating Self-Regulation in the Charitable Sector:” is very thought provoking

I recently read a draft paper entitled Regulating Self-Regulation in the Charitable Sector: Innovation or Contradiction? by Susan D. Phillips,…

Canada Revenue Agency Guidance on Fundraising by Canadian charities

[Here is CRA’s 2012 updated fundraising guidance information - http://tinyurl.com/8x99n2j ] CRA has just released its Guidance on Fundraising…

Major Canadian law firm sued for negligent RCAAA tax opinion

Cassels Brock & Blackwell has just been hit with a major lawsuit over a tax shelter scheme.  Here is a copy of the Statement of Claim in…

CRA Charity Checklist on Terrorism

Here is a “Checklist for Charities on Avoiding Terrorist Abuse” put out by the Charity Directorate of Canada Revenue Agency.  It is…

What is a Good Canadian Charity?

What are the hallmarks of a good charity.  Boy that is hard.  Easier to know what are the hallmarks of a bad charity.  Well luckily…

CRA successfully attacks abusive charity gifting tax shelters

According to CRA In 2008, the value of charity tax shelter gifting arrangements has been reduced by 1/2.  This is an important victory for CRA…

OECD acknowledges “Tax haven crackdown will benefit developing countries”

The OECD acknowledges that “a crackdown on tax havens and cross-border tax evasion will help developing countries to raise more revenues to pay…

Supreme Court dismisses appeal with costs for Choson Kallah Fund of Toronto

The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal with costs by the Choson Kallah Fund of Toronto to a Federal Court of Appeal decision which I had…

Checklist for Canadian Charities on Avoiding Terrorist Abuse from CRA

The CRA has just published a very helpful page entitled “Checklist for Charities on Avoiding Terrorist Abuse”. For those…

CRA adds disclaimer to T3010 Registered Charity Information Return data on website

CRA has added a disclaimer at the top of its T3010 Registered Charity Information Return information on their website:“The information…

New CRA Support for charity legal and compliance education in Canada

The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn announces an investment of $3.1 million to assist small and rural charities understand their legal and…

Is this a legitimate Canadian charity?  A Comment by Mark Blumberg

The Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) recently dealt with a case called The Millennium Charitable Foundation (The Millennium Charitable Foundation vs.…

US targets tax havens with Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act: Will Canada Follow?

Tax havens and tax evasion costs governments, including Canada, the US and those in the developing world a substantial amount of revenue. …

April 1st is coming up.  What should the Charities Directorate of CRA do??

April 1st is April Fools Day.  There is so much craziness in the Canadian charity sector right now that you can either ignore it, or laugh or…

Canadian National Avoid a Charity Scam Day

For those interested in celebrating National Avoid a Charity Scam Day you might find this interesting.

Charity Scams in Canada – Costing Us All A Lot

Here is some statistical information on Charity Scams - Costing Us All A Lot.  Just to give some perspective far more funds flow to charity tax…

Tax Havens Cause Poverty

If you are interested in assisting reduce or eliminate extreme poverty and you want more than writing a cheque to fix a symptom of a problem then you…