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…

North Korea, Canadian sanctions and Canadian charities – toughened sanctions

Canadian charities operating in North Korea must pay close attention to Canadian sanctions.  These sanctions were recently tightened. Canadian…

CIDA Issues Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and extractive sector (mining, oil)

Here is a CIDA Issues Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and extractive sector (mining, oil).  Well worth reviewing for those…

Gifts by Canadians to US Charitable Organizations – Some general CRA comments

Here is a copy of a recent letter from CRA with respect to gifts by Canadians to U.S. charitable organizations.  It summarizes CRA’s views…

Consultation on the Proposed Guidance on Activities Outside of Canada for Canadian Reg. Charities

CRA has just released “Consultation on the Proposed Guidance on Activities Outside of Canada for Canadian Registered Charities”. CRA is…

CRA Charity Checklist on Terrorism

Here is a “Checklist for Charities on Avoiding Terrorist Abuse” put out by the Charity Directorate of Canada Revenue Agency.  It is…

CIDA to initiate consultations in near future, according to Minister Bev Oda

In an article in Embassy Magazine CIDA Minister Bev Oda say that “she plans to hold extensive consultations over the coming months on how to…

Canada Announces “New Effective Approach to its International Assistance”

CIDA Minister Bev Oda announced today “A New Effective Approach to Canadian Aid”.  Here is the press release and below it is the…

CIDA announces partnership with Save the Children to fight Malaria and Pneumonia

CIDA announced today $20 million in funding for malaria and pneumonia treatment to Save the Children.  The press release notes that this will…

Foreign Barriers to Foreign activities by Canadian charities

There is an interesting article in a newsletter entitled Global Trends in NGO Law published by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. …

OECD acknowledges “Tax haven crackdown will benefit developing countries”

The OECD acknowledges that “a crackdown on tax havens and cross-border tax evasion will help developing countries to raise more revenues to pay…

Nicholas Offord presentation on Fund Raising – Key Challenges & Issues for the Future

Here is a very interesting presentation by Nicholos Offord of the The Offord Group entitled Fund Raising - Key Challenges & Issues for the…

Global Philanthropy and Remittances 2009 Report from Canada – Remittances skyrocket

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

Checklist for Canadian Charities on Avoiding Terrorist Abuse from CRA

The CRA has just published a very helpful page entitled “Checklist for Charities on Avoiding Terrorist Abuse”.   For those…

Fundraising for International Development in Canada

I recently read “An Analysis of Canadian Philanthropic Support for International Development and Relief” which was prepared in 2002 by…

CIDA – Canadian International Development Agency

If one is interested in international development in Canada CIDA is hard to ignore, and one would not want to ignore CIDA, the Canadian International…

US targets tax havens with Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act: Will Canada Follow?

Tax havens and tax evasion costs governments, including Canada, the US and those in the developing world a substantial amount of revenue. …