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…

“Confidence in charity leaders has fallen sharply over the last two decades – what does that mean for the sector?”

In this excellent article by Steven Ayer, he writes that confidence in the charity sector has fallen considerably over the last two decades.   The…

Grantmaking in Canada can be improved immensely but eliminating structured arrangements is dangerous and a red herring to the real problems with our sector

With respect to a recent bill passed by the Senate, but not the House of Commons, relating to structured arrangements/direction and control we have…

Canadian Federal Pre-Budget Consultation for 2022 Federal Budget

The Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) has launched its annual Pre-Budget Consultations for the 2022 Federal budget.  If you wish to make a written…

CRA has revoked 14 charities for cause since January 1, 2021, also there is currently 1 penalty and 2 suspensions

I recently took a look at the CRA Charities Listing for groups that were revoked as a result of audit and there were 14 groups listed as revoked as a…

Lots of media coverage on the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which is a registered charity in Canada

A few weeks ago a Canadian registered charity called the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) was involved in a scandal when it was…

Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) report on Transforming the Non-Profit Community is well worth reading

I recently read a fascinating report from the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) on Transforming the Non-Profit Community in…

How has COVID affected funding of the Canadian charity sector? Part 2 – more data from the T3010

In our note "How has COVID affected funding of the Canadian charity sector Part 2?" we reviewed T3010 data and found amongst the 11,821 registered…

CRA circulates information on rapid testing for COVID-19 in the Canadian workplace including for charities, NPOs and Indigenous groups

Here is a note from CRA trying to spread the word about rapid testing and workplaces dealing with COVID.  This also includes a program of the…

Canadian charities giving to Indigenous Charities and Qualified Donees – 2018

In this article Canadian charities giving to Indigenous Charities and Qualified Donees - 2018, Sharon Redsky, Wanda Brascoupe, Mark Blumberg and…

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…

CRA adds new webinars dealing with registered charities and receipting over the next couple of weeks

CRA has announced new webinars dealing with registered charities and receipting.   Here is a link. Here is the note from CRA:  ……

CRA warns about tax shelter gifting schemes and the consequences of participating

CRA recently sent out an email entitled "Warning: Watch out for tax shelter gifting schemes".  I am not sure if this is just regular communication or…

Successful finish for Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2021 (Online)

On April 21, 2021 we had our Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2021.   It is the second Boot Camp that we have conducted online and our tenth…

Government Response to Special Senate Committee to the Charitable Sector

The Federal Government has recently released its response to the Special Senate Committee to the Charitable Sector.  We will be reviewing and…

2021 Canadian Federal Budget – How will it affect the Canadian charitable sector?

A lot has changed in 2 years when the last Federal budget was delivered. Today, Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced a Federal…

If a charity official donation receipt does not have all mandatory elements then it can be invalid

In a recent Federal Court of Appeal case called Kueviakoe v. Canada, the court decided that an official donation receipt lacking certain basic or…

Employees in the Canadian Charity Sector -most charities either have no employee or 1 employee

  I recently read a very good report from The Charity Report dealing with charity sector employees entitled Charity Sector Employees: Employee…

Centre for Inquiry Canada publishes report on “The Costs of Religion in Canada”

Someone sent me a link to a report from the Centre for Inquiry Canada entitled "The Costs of Religion in Canada".  It is advocating for…

“Cross-Border Philanthropy – A U.S. Perspective” by Eric Zolt – excellent paper

I just finished reading an excellent paper entitled Cross-Border Philanthropy - A U.S. Perspective by Eric Zolt.   It both provides a good summary of…

Blumberg Segal LLP is looking for an Associate Lawyer to join our Charity and Non-Profit practice

Blumberg Segal LLP is looking for an Associate Lawyer to join our Charity and Non-Profit practice. Here is a link and the text of the job listing:…

Statistics Canada report on charitable donors in 2019

Stats Can recently released their Charitable Donors, 2019 report.   I have been critical of StatsCan in the past for their annual reports on…

Discussion paper from the T3010 User Group on improvements to the T3010

It was very nice to read recently a discussion paper from the T3010 Research Group on how the T3010 and data in the sector can be improved.  It was…