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…

Global Philanthropy is Growing in Canada as World Shrinks

Here is a copy of my recent article Global Philanthropy Growing as World Shrinks which appeared in the CAGP Toronto 2008 Supplement Your Guide To…

Canadian charities foreign activities by country and region -2006 T3010 information

In these files we list every country and the individual Canadian charities that operate in those countries according to the 2006 T3010…

2008 Index of Global Philanthropy provides useful information for Canadians

The Hudson Institute Center for Global Prosperity discusses the role of the private sector, both for profit and non-profit “in the creation of…

Burma Cyclone May 2008- Canadian Aid groups need to be aware of sanctions relating to Burma

The recent Cyclone Nargis in Burma has killed many people and caused tremendous devastation.  Well-meaning Canadians should be careful to respond…

Planned Giving in a Global World – CAGP Annual Conference April 2008

Planned Giving in a Global World is my presentation at the CAGP national convention about Planned Giving by Canadian charities for projects outside…

Canadian Charities Spent More Abroad in 2006 Compared to Previous Years

April 3, 2008 - CRA has just released the latest T3010 information which is for the year 2006 and it shows another large increase in funds spent by…

Has the regulation of Canadian charities operating outside of Canada become increasingly burdensome?

I often read commentators talking about the ‘increased burden’ placed by Canada Revenue Agency on Canadian charities operating abroad or the…

Bequests in Canada: 16 Steps to Creating a Planned Giving Program

Here is a copy of a presentation I recently delivered on promoting bequests to charities.  As charities seek to diversify or increase revenue,…

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…

Who Gives for Overseas Development: A UK study

Alliance Magazine has a summary of this UK article on Who Gives for Overseas Development? at…

Planned giving and International Development Charities in Canada

Many charities involved with international development and humanitarian relief are familiar with CIDA funding, major gifts, and direct mail. …

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…

Ethics and Canadian Charities that operate outside of Canada

Although the law, governance and ethics are closely intertwined there is little written about ethics of Canadian charities operating abroad. Here are…

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…

DISASTER GRANTMAKING:  A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations revised by COF

This European Foundation Centre and the Council on Foundations guide on Disaster Grantmaking sets out principles of good disaster management for…

Good intentions not enough with global philanthropy

Inc. Magazine recently wrote an article entitled “Everybody Wants to Save the World: But when you start a charity overseas, good intentions…

Canadian Crossroads International Board Meeting – some personal thoughts

I had the privilege of spending December 1 and 2 (ie my last weekend) at a Board meeting of Canadian Crossroads International.  Here are some…

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…

Global Philanthropy is growing in Canada, but remittances and investment rule

In this article I discuss the importance of remittances by Canadian residents to foreign countries. Canada is the third largest country in terms of…

Resources and Links for Canadian Charities conducting Foreign Activities

Here are some handy resources and links for Canadian Charities conducting activities outside of Canada. www.GlobalPhilanthropy.ca CANADA REVENUE…

Recent Globe & Mail article on compliance problems with Canadian disaster relief charities

The Globe & Mail recently wrote about Canada Revenue Agency audits of Canadian charities involved in disaster relief including the tsunami. The…

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.…