Canada adds 13 organizations to list of terrorist entities including Proud Boys, The Base and Al-Quaeda and ISIS affiliates

Canada just added 13 new listed terrorist organizations including the Proud Boys, Atomwaffen Division, the Base, and Russian Imperial Movement.  They…

Some additional WE Charity documents from CRA finally arrived

I requested a long time ago from CRA some WE Charity early documents.  They only arrived this week and here they are:  …

Going the Extra Mile: The Liability of Foreignness in U.S. Foundation International Grantmaking to Local NGOs

I recently ran across a very good article entitled: "Going the Extra Mile: The Liability of Foreignness in U.S. Foundation International Grantmaking…

Bloomberg Businessweek: “How a Charity Superstar Innovated Its Way to Political Scandal” – with coverage of the WE Charity scandal

Today an article appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek entitled "How a Charity Superstar Innovated Its Way to Political Scandal: The Kielburger brothers…

Happy Holidays from the OECD – a very interesting report on different countries and how they treat philanthropy and charities

An interesting report from the OECD on charities in many different countries recently was published. It was given a really exciting title namely…

Mark Blumberg’s testimony to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) on CSSG/WE Charity Scandal

On Friday, December 11, 2020 I gave testimony to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) on the CSSG and We…

Some are calling for changes to Canadian charity rules for foreign activities

I wish I did not have to write this article about the Canadian rules around international philanthropy and foreign activities but unfortunately, a…

CRA releases foreign activity guidance after multi-year delays as well as guidance on intermediaries working in Canada

CRA released today the updated guidance CG-002, Canadian registered charities carrying on activities outside Canada.  Essentially, this guidance…

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…

Decline in trust in the Canadian non-profit and charity sector as a result of the WE Charity scandal

A recent public opinion poll by Proof Communications, which runs the CanTrust index, dealing with trust shows a 6% decline for the non-profit and…

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…

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…

Which Canadian charities spent money on foreign activities in 2018 and how much did they spend?

In our note Which Canadian charities spent money on foreign activities in 2018 and how much did they spend we recently reviewed the T3010 information…

“UK charity failed to safeguard aid worker killed in Syria – report”

The Guardian recently had an article "UK charity failed to safeguard aid worker killed in Syria – report".   The article deals with Alan Henning, a…

Global Affairs Canada Guidance on eligibility of COVID-19 potential costs

Global Affairs Canada has recently released a Guidance on eligibility of COVID-19 potential costs     It provides that expenses such as repatriating…

Registered Charity Q&A with Blumbergs – Friday March 20, 2020

With the Charities Directorate call centre suspended till April 5, 2020, we thought we would have a Registered Charity Q&A on Friday, March 20.…

Blumbergs releases new Canadian Charity Legal Checklist for 2020 by Mark Blumberg

Here is an updated Canadian Charity Legal Checklist by Mark Blumberg.  It is a checklist for Canadian registered charities to assist them with…

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2020 -now online

Blumbergs is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp again on Monday, April 20, 2020. An easy enough…

List of foreign charities that have received a gift from the Canadian government is up to 5

The List of foreign charities that have received a gift from Her Majesty in right of Canada has now 5 foreign charities listed. Here is the list:…

Class action lawsuit certified for GLGI donation scheme

The Canadian Lawyer has an article Class action certified for "sham" charitable donation tax scheme.  It discusses the class action lawsuit against a…

Australian Wildfires and Canadian donors

We all see from the media the terrible wildfires in Australia.  Some Canadian donors or charities have wanted to assist with the relief and recovery…