Fundraising from Canada – A course for groups outside of Canada – Online course

Are you a group outside of Canada considering fundraising initiatives in Canada or a group outside of Canada that has supporters in Canada? Are you…

Updated Canadian Registered Charity Legal Checklist by Mark Blumberg

Here is an updated version of the Canadian Charity Legal Checklist.  For those who are interested in reviewing legal compliance for their…

Top Ten Canadian Charity Law Issues by Mark Blumberg

So much is written about legal issues relating to charities in Canada. In this article I try to distill the ten most important things you need to…

So how much do Canadian charities receive from foreign sources according to the T3010 Returns?

There has been a little political firestorm last week over US foundations funding of certain Canadian environmental charities.  So how much…

CRA’s Consultation on Foreign Activities: What is New with Canadian Charities + Foreign Activities

In this article “CRA’s Consultation on Foreign Activities: What is New and Interesting with Canadian Charities Conducting Foreign…

Should We Establish another Canadian Charity? Or Does Canada have too many charities?

In this article I discuss the issue of whether Canada has too many charities or too few.  If one still wants to create a charity, some of the…

Canadian Charities and Foreign Activities – by Mark Blumberg in The Philanthropist

Canadian Charities and Foreign Activities -This article published in The Philanthropist describes the permissible structured relationships and…

Should we set up a Canadian Charity and if so How?

This article discusses considerations in setting up a registered Canadian charity and how to establish the charity. Download Article

How Can Canadian Charity Obtain Cost-Effective Legal Services from a lawyer?

This article discusses how Canadian charities can obtain legal services in a way that will not break the bank.  This is a big problem. …

Establishing a Canadian Non-Profit or Charity – Avoiding practical, legal and ethical problems

Here is a copy of my presentation to the Canadian Association of Paralegals on Establishing a Canadian Non-Profit or Charity - Avoiding practical,…

Structured Arrangement versus Conduit for Canadian Charities and Foreign Activities

This article discusses the difference between an acceptable intermediary relationship between a Canadian charity and a foreign charity or NGO (a…

T3010 – Canadian Charities – Please File your T3010 on time!

This article discusses the T3010 and the importance of filing it accurately and on time. Download Article

Lobbying and Canadian Non-Profits and Charities: To register or not to register

On July 2, 2008 the Lobbying Act came into force and many non-profits and charities are completely unaware of its existence or its effect on their…

CRA Fundraising Consultation – One giant leap forward in guidance for Canadian registered charities

In April 2008, CRA released a Consultation on proposed policy regarding fundraising by Registered Charities (RC4456-e) (“Fundraising…

Legal Issues for Canadian Charities Conducting Foreign Activities and International Development

Here is a copy of a presentation I recently delivered to a number of Canadian charities in Ottawa entitled Legal Issues for Canadian Charities…

CRA Releases Consultation on Proposed Policy on Fundraising by Registered Charities

Here is a copy of my article discussing the Consultation on proposed policy on fundraising by Registered Charities RC4456 Download Article

Imagine Canada’s new Ethics Code: Imagining a more ethical sector

Imagine has revised its Code of Ethics (or Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code) and in this article I review the changes and…

Canadian Charities and Foreign Activities – A presentation on the subject

Here is a copy of my presentation on the legal requirements for Canadian charities operating abroad. The presentation discussed CRA positions and…

Interesting Article on Governance and international alliances

I read a very interesting article by David O. Renz entitled “Reframing Governance”.  It appeared in Volume 13, Issue 4, Winter 2006 of The Nonprofit…

Why Canadian donors have low levels of trust for Canadian international development charities?

An Ipsos Reid poll suggests that Canadian donors have low levels of trust of “international development” charities.  This article…

Informal Legal Audits of Canadian Charities and their Foreign Operations

The Globe & Mail article I referred to above on Canadian disaster relief charities not complying with the rules provides one of many…

Ethical Tourism may be laudable but not charitable according to the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal

In the Travel Just case CRA had refused to register an organizations whose objects were very broad.  The Federal Court of Appeal agreed with CRA.…

Foreign Universities Fundraising in Canada

There are many options for foreign universities who are interested in fundraising in Canada and I have discussed 6 different options. It is time to…

List of Foreign Countries and the Canadian Charities that operate in those countries (2005)

In these files we list every country and the individual Canadian charities that operate in those countries according to the 2005 T3010…