CIDA press release on food security

Here is a CIDA press release on food security http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/acdi-cida/ACDI-CIDA.nsf/En/NAD-111881935-HMS?OpenDocument

Article by Lee Berthiaume on CIDA, Auditor General’s Report, Government Response and future of CIDA

Here is an interesting article by Lee Berthiaume in Embassy on CIDA http://embassymag.ca/page/view/cida-11-11-2009

New UK Charity Commission online toolkit to help trustees manage risks to their charity

The first chapter of the online toolkit covers charities and terrorism.  The next chapters will deal with Safeguarding charity funds;…

Ontario PGT bulletin entitled Charitable Fundraising: Tips for Directors and Trustees.

The Ontario Public Guardian and Trustee has produced a charity bulletin entitled Charitable Fundraising: Tips for Directors and Trustees.  In…

Auditor General Report on the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) out

Here is the 2009 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada and Chapter 8—Strengthening Aid Effectiveness—Canadian International…

The Voluntary Sector in Israel

Many Canadian charities are involved with supporting the voluntary sector in Israel.  Here is some information on the voluntary sector in…

Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best: Benchmarks to Assess and Enhance Grantmaker Impact

In March 2009, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) (www.ncrp.org) released the Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best:…

CRA’s Foreign Activities Guidance and Dealing with Non-Qualified Donees Presentation

Here is the Charity Law Information Program (CLIP) CRA’s Foreign Activities Guidance and Dealing with Non-Qualified Donees, prepared by Mark…

Warren Buffett on taxes and philanthropy

“Buffett says the rich should give back both in taxes and philanthropy. “They may think they did it all by themselves, but the society has…

Bill C-300 Corporate Accountability of Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations in Developing Countries Act

The purpose of the proposed “Corporate Accountability of Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations in Developing Countries Act” is to…

Risk Mitigation and Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa Seminar

I will be making a presentation on Legal Structures for Canadian Companies Carrying out CSR Abroad at the Risk Mitigation and CSR in Africa Seminar…

New OECD handbook boosts anti-money laundering efforts and helpful for Canadian charities

Here is the OECD Money Laundering Awareness Handbook for Tax Examiners and Tax Auditors. As the OECD website notes: “Criminals…

Foreign Contractors of Canadian Registered Charities Carrying Out the Canadian Charity’s Projects

Here is an article entitled “Foreign Contractors of Canadian Registered Charities Carrying Out the Canadian Charity’s Projects – A Very Simplified…

CRA’s Consultation on Foreign Activities: What is New and Interesting for Canadian charities

Here is an article entitled “CRA’s Consultation on Foreign Activities: What is New and Interesting with Canadian Charities Conducting…

The Do No Harm Handbook – a useful tool to analyze the impact of humanitarian assistance on conflict

Any humanitarian relief organization that will operate in a conflict or post-conflict area should review “The Do No Harm Handbook (The…

CCCC Submission on CRA Consultation on the Proposed Guidance on Activities Outside of Canada

The Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) has provided their submission to the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) on the CRA’s proposed…

Famine in Eastern and Sub-Saharan Africa

A number of NGOs have tried to spotlight the famine in Eastern and Sub-Saharan Africa and CIDA has just committed further funds to the problem. …

Charity Law Information Program (CLIP) Toronto workshops on charity law and risk management Oct 6/09

I will be delivering two workshops in Toronto on October 6, 2009 for the Charity Law Information Program (CLIP) of CapacityBuilders.  For…

CRA consultation on foreign activities – some key points

The CRA in June released their “Consultation on the Proposed Guidance on Activities Outside of Canada for Canadian Registered Charities”.  The…

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Charity Directorate, consultations and guidance documents for 2008-2009

Here is a copy of an article I wrote for the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) National Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section newsletter Charity…

Upcoming Charity Law Presentations in Canada by Mark Blumberg for CapacityBuilders

A list of some of my upcoming workshops for CapacityBuilders.In September, October and November I will be delivering workshops in a number of…

Insight Canadian Non-Profit and Charity Law Conference in Toronto – November 23-24, 2009

I am the program chair for a conference organized by Insight that will be held November 23 – 24, 2009 at the St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre…

Giving Beyond Borders – Easier than you Think – presentation to Philanthropic Foundations Canada

Here is a copy of the flyer for a presentation that I will be delivering to Philanthropic Foundations Canada on September 15, 2009  as part of…

MANGO to deliver training in Ottawa in October for international development finance trainers

Mango (Management Accounting for Non Governmental Organizations) is a UK registered charity that works to strengthen the financial management of Non…