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…

CharityVillage: “A national charity census: Mark Blumberg’s Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector”

Here is a recent CharityVillage article entitled "A national charity census: Mark Blumberg's Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector" which…

Draft Guidance from the Charity Commission on “Grant funding an organisation that isn’t a charity”

The Charity Commission of England and Wales has recently released a draft guidance on the types of controls English charities should be using when…

Bond article on increasing funding for local CSOs

Recently at the BOND website there was a good article on importance of funding local civil society organizations (CSOs) and how the mindset of some…

“Regulation of nonprofits in Israel”? with Ophir Katz in Toronto on September 6, 2016

In an invitation only event Blumbergs will have one of Israel’s top non-profit lawyers, Ophir Katz, of Ophir Katz & Co. Law offices,…

New FATF Recommendations on non-profits avoiding terrorism and money laundering

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has updated The FATF Recommendations International Standards on Combating Money Laundering and the…

Lack of transparency continues when the Canadian government makes a gift to a foreign charity

On the CRA website there is a list of foreign charities that received a gift from the Canadian government.  CRA has just released a new…

Recent Changes to the Regulation of Charitable Activities in China

Blumbergs and the OCIC will be hosting a program on June 21, 2016 entitled "Recent Changes to the Regulation of Charitable Activities in China that…

CRA letter on donation of capital property and donation receipt

CRA recently released a letter which discusses whether an official receipt issued for property donated in kind can include an amount less than the…

Total revenue received from all sources outside Canada by Canadian Registered Charities in 2014

Here is our article "Total revenue received from all sources outside Canada by Canadian Registered Charities in 2014".  It provides a list of…

CRA information on assisting people and charities impacted by the wildfires in Alberta

The Canada Revenue Agency ('CRA') recently published a Question and Answer piece on its website which provides information on providing…

Charity Commission reports on funding non-charities by Joseph Rowntree Trust and Roddick Foundation

The Charity Commission of England and Wales has  released two very interesting regulatory case reports including the Regulatory Case Report…

Top Fallacies about Private Foundations in Canada

Here is a recent article written by Mark Blumberg, Kate Robertson and Lynn Gluckman of Blumberg Segal LLP on the Top Fallacies about private…