“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…

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…

CBC “Pandemic tests limits of religious freedom as churches set to fight B.C.’s COVID-19 rules in court”

The CBC's Jason Proctor wrote an article today on "Pandemic tests limits of religious freedom as churches set to fight B.C.'s COVID-19 rules in…

CRA revokes as a result of audit first 2 charities in over a year

The CRA has revoked its first two registered charities in over a year.  Actually, over 13 months not one charity has been revoked.  Some think that…

Mark Blumberg to present as part of a panel at the AFP GTA Congress 2020 on “WE have a Problem”

Here is a description of the presentation on November 24, 2020:   Lunch ’N Learn Panel: WE Have a Problem   Jaya Mootoo , Ann…

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 Charity Report provides a profile of the Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector

We were pleasantly surprised to see that The Charity Report "your independent source of news in the charity sector" recently published an article…

The WE Charity scandal and its impact on the Canadian charity sector?

A lot has happened since we originally published this article on September 4th so here is an updated version below.     The WE Charity…

What will be the impact of the WE Charity scandal on the Canadian charity sector?

The WE Charity scandal has now been going on for over 2 months.  A few weeks ago the Minister of Finance resigned and parliament was prorogued.  Some…

“Steve Bannon Is Charged With Fraud in We Build the Wall Campaign” – some quick thoughts on fundraising and restricted gifts

In this New York Times article published today entitled "Steve Bannon Is Charged With Fraud in We Build the Wall Campaign" it has shocking…

Transparency in the Canadian Charitable Sector and the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return Online Course

Every year we do a 3-hour course on transparency and the T3010.   This year there has been a lot of interest in transparency around charities.   On…

We have recently added two new online courses for Canadian charities

We have recently added 2 new full-day courses namely Fundamentals of Running a Canadian Charitable Organization/Operating Charity and Fundamentals of…

Some compliance trends or task over the next 6 months for Canadian registered charities

Here are a number of trends or compliance suggestions for charities over the next six months: If you are an Ontario corporation under the Ontario…

New course on restricted gifts in Canada by Mark Blumberg

Today we are launching a new course of restricted gifts for Canadian charities: "Restricted Gifts - Managing the Opportunities and Dangers of…

What is a Qualified donee under the Income Tax Act Canada in 2020? How many are there?

A qualified donee is an organization that can issue official donation receipts for gifts it receives from individuals and corporations. It can also…

Guidance from Charity Commission “Manage financial difficulties in your charity caused by coronavirus”

Here is some really good guidance from the Charity Commission of England and Wales.   Guidance Manage financial difficulties in your charity…

New Course on Canadian Charities Working with Non-Charities in Canada

We have just prepared a new course on Canadian Charities Working with Non-Charities in Canada.  Here is information on the new course and how to…

Additional Information from the BC Financial Services Authority on gifts of life insurance to charities

I wrote to the BC Financial Services Authority on May 4, 2020, asking for some clarifications relating to their Information Bulletin entitled…

Special purpose fundraising for COVID-19 – be careful what you ask for!

Many groups are doing special purpose fundraising for COVID-19 in which they are specifically soliciting or accepting for COVID-19 related programs.…

PGT views of what is “pandemic-related”

We have written about 2 recent notices from the Ontario Public Guardian and Trustee ("PGT") relating to restricted funds and the pandemic.  These are…

Ontario Ministry Allows Virtual Witnessing of Wills -important for bequests

Many people at home right now have some time on their hands and some are thinking about updating their wills.  Some don't have wills at all and for…

Further update from the government of Canada on NPOs, charities and the wage subsidy

Today the Federal government released two documents.  One was entitled Government provides further flexibility for employers to access the Canada…

If your Canadian charity has assets/reserve and you don’t have a reserve fund policy you should stop fundraising

There is a backlash brewing against charities that are putting up desperate requests for funding but when people look at their annual report,…