Carleton MPNL PhilanthroTHINK: The Future of Charity Regulation on April 28, 2017 in Ottawa

Carleton University has a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL).  They do some very interesting programs relating to the…

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…

Australian charity commission to crack down on inappropriate political activities by charities

This recent article in The Guardian entitled Charity regulator to crack down on political advocacy after complaints discusses how…

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:…

IRFAN Canada makes application to Federal Court to remove terrorist designation

A number of Canadian charities have been revoked by CRA for supporting terrorism in addition to other concerns. One of those organizations was…

Charity Commission encourages charities to stop using cash couriers unless absolutely necessary.

The Charity Commission of England and Wales has provided some useful information on the dangers of using cash couriers for implementing local and…

Charity Commission concerned that “poor due diligence and monitoring put charity assets at risk”

The Charity Commission of England and Wales recently released an Inquiry Report on a UK charity that identified concerns with fundraising and foreign…

CRA updates information sheet for prescribed university applications

CRA recently updated their guidance with respect to becoming a prescribed university outside of Canada. There are about 600 foreign prescribed…

Charity Commission case report on charity political activity AND funding non-charity

The Charity Commission has released a case report that deals with political activities of a UK charity and also its funding of a non-charity.…

Terrorist attack at mosque in Quebec City claims 6 lives

On Sunday January 29, 2017 there was a terrible tragedy in Quebec City. A right-wing terrorist massacred six people praying at…

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…

Guidance for Professional Athletes considering Philanthropy in Canada

Kate Robertson and Mark Blumberg recently prepared an article, "Some thoughts on Professional Athletes and Philanthropy in Canada: Part 1" which…

Ignorance isn’t bliss for large registered charities anymore as CRA focuses audits on them

CRA uses a risk based approach to deciding which charities are to be audited. CRA a few months ago announced they are adjusting their audit strategy…

What is a “development project” and how can this add further flexibility to foreign activities

CRA's Guidance CG-002, Canadian Registered Charities Carrying Out Activities Outside Canada discusses a "development project".  The guidance…

Charity Commission report into a former charity named REDAID -lots of lessons for Canadian charities

The Charity Commission of England and Wales recently published an Inquiry Report into a former charity named REDAID.  It is well worth…

Tides Canada closing international donation matching system with Tides US Foundation

Tides Canada quietly announced earlier this year that their international donation matching system between the Tides US and Tides Canada is being…

The Rodney Dangerfield of Canadian tax incentives

There is an amazing tax incentive available to Canadians.  Few people who are knowledgeable about charities want to discuss it. It just does not…

Some thoughts on the Trump victory and its impact on Canadian nonprofits and charities

Here is an article I wrote entitled "Some thoughts on the Trump victory and its impact on Canadian nonprofits and charities"

An ICN Webinar – CRA Regulations and the Political Activities of Charities

I am pleased to be co-presenting to the ICN a webinar on "CRA Regulations and the Political Activities of Charities".Here is the blurb on it:An ICN…

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…

List of foreign charities that have received a gift from Canada and are qualified donees

Currently there are only two organizations on the "List of foreign charities that have received a gift from Her Majesty in right of Canada".  …

Modernizing charity law in Canada is for now a Pandora’s box

The Liberal Government has made some noises about modernizing charity law.  Who could be opposed to modernization?  As there is no idea as…

CRA media response on Canadian charities and funding or supporting terrorism

Here is a CRA document provided under access to information rules which includes their media response on Canadian charities and funding or…