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.…

Foreign Universities Fundraising in Canada

There are many options for foreign universities who are interested in fundraising in Canada and I have discussed 6 different options. It is time to…

CRA Documents and Cases involving Canadian Charities Operating Abroad and International Development

The Canada Revenue Agency has hundreds of forms and documents that are relevant to Canadian charities operating outside of Canada on their website.…

List of Foreign Countries and the Canadian Charities that operate in those countries (2005)

In these files we list every country and the individual Canadian charities that operate in those countries according to the 2005 T3010…

List of Foreign Countries and the Number of Canadian Charities that operate in each country (2004)

This brief article looks at how many Canadian Charities operate in each foreign country. The Top Five countries of operation are the United States…

Canadian Charities Operating Outside of Canada – A Statistical View

July 07, 2007 I have been intrigued by the issue of how many Canadian charities operate abroad. We are living in a world of greater globalization…

Planned Giving Internationally in “Your Guide to Charitable Giving and Estate Planning”.

This article discusses a Canadian legal perspective on Planned Giving Internationally. It was written by Mark Blumberg and recently appeared in…

Cases Involving Canadian Charities and Foreign Activities

Here is the full text of certain recent Canadian cases decided in the last few years that should be of particular interest to Canadian charities…

Canadian Cases dealing with Canadian Registered Charities operating outside of Canada

Recent Canadian cases such the Tel-Aviv Foundation case, The Magen David Adom case and the Bayit Leplitot case, all decided in the last few years…

Canadian Charities Operating Abroad and Foreign Activities – CRA Information Letters

Here are certain Canada Revenue Agency Information Letters on Canadian Charities Operating Abroad. November 04, 2006 Here is the compilation…

CRA Top Ten Compliance Issues by Terry de March, Director General, Charities Directorate

This excellent slide presentation by Terry de March of the Canada Revenue Agency, Charities Directorate, highlights the most important compliance…

Requirements for Canadian Federal Non-profit Corporations that do NOT have charitable status

Canadian non-profits that do NOT have charitable status have their own legal requirements, which are different from those of registered…

Canadian Non Profit and Charity Legal Audits: Forget about It!

Increased media, donor and regulatory scrutiny has resulted in more charities conducting informal legal audits to prevent problems, rather than…

Canadian Charities Operating Abroad – Presentation to the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto

In this presentation I provide an overview of issues for Canadian charities operating abroad especially Jewish charities interested in operating in…

Top Canadian Charities Operating Outside of Canada (2005) – Another dramatic increase

12,320 Canadian registered charities spent over $2.1 billion outside of Canada in 2005.  The details are provided. October 11, 2007 My article…

Canadian Charities and Foreign Activities by Mark Blumberg (October 2007 Article)

This 29 page article will attempt to assist Canadian charities who are conducting or interested in conducting programs outside of Canada with some…

Canadian Private and Public Foundations and International Activities

Here is my article on Canadian Private and Public Foundations and International Activities.  In this article I suggest 4 ways that Canadian…