Presentation at AFP Congress – Nov 20-22, 2017 on “T3010 and Transparency in the Charitable Sector”

Mark will be presenting to the AFP GTA Congress on November 20-22, 2017 on "T3010 and Transparency in the Charitable Sector".The full description…

Ploughman v. The Queen, 2017 TCC 64

The recent decision of Ploughman v. The Queen, 2017 TCC 64 deals with a "third-party civil penalty" against Mr. Ploughman for his involvement in what…

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute 2017 – save the date!

We are pleased to announce the Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute 2017 will be on Monday October 16, 2017. Further details will…

CRA recently revokes registered charity status of 2 large religious groups doing foreign activities

On the CRA database it has become apparent that CRA has recently revoked the charitable status of two religious organizations that conduct…

Universities and Colleges fundraising in Canada – a great mechanism to fundraise effectively

Canada has a mechanism to recognize certain foreign universities for purposes of donations.  It is probably the most generous tax incentive…

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2015

We have just released our Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2015. Lots of interesting statistics and information on the Canadian…

Lawsuit in BC over search and rescue charity’s allegedly deceptive fundraising.

The Vancouver Sun is reporting that North Shore Rescue is suing the Search and Rescue Society of B.C. over allegations that the latter groups…

FTC & NASCO Conference on Consumer Protection Issues and Charitable Solicitations – online/free

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO) are organizing a conference called "Give & Take:…

More CRA guidance on cause-related marketing by Canadian registered charities

The CRA has added a page on cause-related marketing page to the receipting part of their website.  The CRA seems largely concerned that in…

The second best Canadian registered charity transparency tool has been improved

In August 2016 we launched a website to improve transparency on Canadian registered charities.  It is at www.charitydata.ca  We have just made a…

CRA’s Report on the Charities Program – useful information on the Canadian charity sector

The CRA released a report today entitled Report on the Charities Program.  It has lots of useful information on the charity sector, regulation…

Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Ontario Charity Sector 2014 – focus on Ontario registered charities

We are proud to present the Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Ontario Charity Sector 2014.  The data subset used is the CRA's…

Total revenue received from all sources outside Canada by Canadian Registered Charities in 2014

Here is our article "Total revenue received from all sources outside Canada by Canadian Registered Charities in 2014".  It provides a list of…

Opportunities for the Disabled Foundation v. The Queen (FCA) – charity revoked

The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from the Opportunities for the Disabled Foundation v. The Queen (FCA).Here is a PDF copy of…

Charities and non-profits may need to register in Alberta for charitable fundraising

Many non-profits and charities are not aware of the charitable fundraising regulations in Alberta. If a non-profit or charity is fundraising in…

GST/HST Ruling – application of GST/HST to charity event

The Excise and GST/HST Rulings Directorate of the CRA released a ruling in October 2015 which discusses the application of the Goods and Services Tax…

Foreign Universities Applying for Prescribed University Status in Canada

[LINK TO UPDATED ARTICLE] Here is an article by Kate Robertson and Mark Blumberg on "Foreign Universities Applying for Prescribed…

Charity Village webinar “Top 20 Compliance Issues for Canadian Charities”

I will be presenting a webinar for Charity Village on January 28, 2016 on Top 20 Compliance Issues for Canadian Charities.Here is a……

Latest Update on CNCA continuances and dissolutions from Industry Canada

I recently contacted Industry Canada and they advised that as at December 18, 2015 there were 19,997 not-for-profit corporations under Canada…

Charity Commission encourages directors of charities to take responsibility for fundraising

There has been a large amount of scrutiny of fundraising practices in the UK over the last number of years and especially the last few months.…

What does the 2015 Federal election mean for Canadian charities?

The Conservative loss in the 2015 Federal election and the Liberal majority government will have some impact on the Canadian charity sector. …

Recent CRA letters of revocation for Canadian registered charities

Here are the CRA letters from a number of recent Canadian registered charity revocations, annulments and penalties.  These letters from CRA…

Humber Fundraising Management Course “Ethical and Legal Issues”

Mark Blumberg will be team teaching, with Valerie Campbell and Sharilyn Hale, the Humber Fundraising Management Course "Ethical and Legal…

“Top 20 Charity Law Issues for Canadian Registered Charities” in Ottawa July 15

On July 15, 2015 Mark Blumberg will be delivering a 2 hour presentation entitled "Top 20 Charity Law Issues for Canadian Registered Charities" in…