Blumbergs’ Written Submission to the Department of Finance with respect to the disbursement quota for Canadian registered charities

Here is Blumbergs' Written Submission to the Department of Finance about the disbursement quota. As we note in the submission, we are firmly in…

Should the disbursement quota for registered charities in Canada change or be left alone?

In this article "Should the disbursement quota for registered charities in Canada change or be left alone?", Mark Blumberg and Jessie Lang discuss…

Conservative party commits to in party platform to increasing disbursement quota to 7.5%

The Conservative party has just released their platform and they have committed to increasing the disbursement quota from the current 3.5% to 7.5%.…

Blumbergs’ Submission for the Pre-Budget Consultations for the Canadian Federal Budget 2022 with a focus on Transparency and Accountability in the Non-profit and Charity Sector

Here is the Blumbergs' Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance for the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the Upcoming…

New online course – Should Our Canadian Business Establish a Corporate Foundation?

We have created a new online course, Should Our Canadian Business Establish a Corporate Foundation?  This course will discuss when it may be…

Recent webinar on trust based philanthropy from the MLSE Foundation provides lots of food for thought for Canadian foundations

I listened to a webinar recently that I thought was very good entitled: Community Learning Series - Trust-Based Philanthropy   Here is a…

CRA increasingly emphasizing importance of separation between registered charities and non-qualified donees

In the last couple of weeks I have read two separate CRA notes on the importance of maintaining sufficient separation between a registered charity…

PBO report on costing for proposal for donated private shares and real estate

The PBO just released a report on a private member's bill, Bill C-256, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (donations involving private corporation…

Capacity building, education, and online courses for the Canadian charity and non-profit sector

Our firm has been using online tools for over 10 years – primarily webinars.  In 2018, we moved to providing paid online courses dealing with charity…

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…

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…

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…

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 misunderstood…

Modernizing charity law in Canada is for now a Pandora’s box

The Liberal Government has made some noises about modernizing charity law.  Who could be opposed to modernization?  As there is no idea as to what…