Fundraising Guidance for Registered Charities

May 01, 2010

Special Purpose Fundraising by Canadian charity - be careful when raising special purpose funds

Here is some thoughts on special purpose fundraising from the Ontario Public Guardian and Trustee.

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May 01, 2010

What steps can the CRA take if an audit raises concerns about a charity’s fundraising?

The CRA notes in its Fundraising Guidance that “Generally, the CRA uses a series of progressive compliance measures. In some cases of non-compliance, the CRA uses education letters or compliance agreements. The CRA can also impose a monetary penalty, suspend a charity’s tax-receipting privileges, or revoke a charity’s registered status. Although revocation is generally the last resort, the Income Tax Act allows revocation at any time—when it is appropriate to the circumstances.”

May 01, 2010

Telemarketing and Canadian charities - views from the CRA Fundraising Guidance

While telemarketing is allowed by Canadian charities they must be very careful in its use.

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April 30, 2010

How does a Canadian charity determine appropriate compensation for an executive of the charity?

There has been some public concern expressed about executive compensation at charities.  It is important that charities have appropriate mechanisms to ensure that the charity is neither paying executives too little or too much for the services provided.  If you pay too little you might find out too late that the executive is moving on - the cost to a charity of such change at the top can in some cases be substantial.  As well, paying too little has a cascading effect on all salaries in the organization and the charity may have trouble keeping people at different levels.  If you pay too much you are not effectively using the assets of a charity, you will have others in your organization feeling that they are not sufficiently compensated and you will quite legitimately upset various stakeholders such as the public, media and CRA.

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