Top Fallacies about Private Foundations in Canada – Part two

The Hillborn Charity eNews just published the second part of our article Top fallacies about private foundations in Canada.  It discusses…

High Court rules Cup Trust Gift Aid claim can be withdrawn

In the Cup Trust case there was an abusive scheme run by a charity and controlled by a trustee, Mountstar.  The Mountstar trustee was…

Financial Action Task Force consultation on Recommendation 8 and preventing NPO terrorist abuse

The Charity Commission of England and Wales recently put out a notice entitled Charities encouraged to take part in Financial Action Task Force…

Top fallacies about private foundations in Canada – Part one

The Hillborn Charity eNews just published the first part of our article Top fallacies about private foundations in Canada.  It discusses…

Opportunities for the Disabled Foundation v. The Queen (FCA) – charity revoked

The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from the Opportunities for the Disabled Foundation v. The Queen (FCA). Here is a PDF copy of…

Largest Gifts from Canadian Charities to Foreign Qualified Donees for 2014

Here is a list of the Largest Gifts from Canadian Charities to Foreign Qualified Donees for 2014. The list contains gifts of approximately…

Which Canadian charities spent money on foreign activities in 2014 and how much did they spend?

Canadian registered charities spent in 2014 over $3.1 Billion dollars outside of Canada by using employees, volunteers or intermediaries.…

Class action lawsuit against Gospel for Asia in US

The Hamilton Spectator has revealed that US charity with a branch in Canada is being sued as part of a class-action lawsuit.  The article…

AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day 2016

I look forward to speaking at the AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day 2016 on May 18, 2016.  My topic will be "Top 20 Charity Law Issues for…

Sign up to our informative and complimentary charity law newsletter

Every month or so we send out a newsletter with highlights of developments over the last month affecting non-profits and charities.   It is a…

National Post – ‘Can I get a tax receipt?’: Tax confusion muddles Syrian refugee sponsorship efforts

On February 11, 2016, the National Post had an article entitled "‘Can I get a tax receipt?’: Tax confusion muddles Syrian refugee…

Canadian Charities Helping Syrian Refugees – some legal considerations

Here is an article "Canadian Charities Helping Syrian Refugees".  It may be helpful for some charities that wish to get involved in the Syria…

CRA adds guidance on “Assisting people affected by the conflict in Syria”

Many Canadian charities and donors wish to assist Syrian refugees and those affected by the conflict.  CRA has just released guidance to assist…

Charity Village webinar “Top 20 Compliance Issues for Canadian Charities”

I will be presenting a webinar for Charity Village on January 28, 2016 on Top 20 Compliance Issues for Canadian Charities. Here is a……

Burkina Faso terrorist attack kills 6 Canadian volunteers on charity trip to build school

In a terrible incident 6 Canadian volunteers working with a Quebec based charity were killed in a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso.  The…

Which Canadian charities spent the most outside of Canada in 2013

Here is a brief article on "Which Canadian charities spent the most outside of Canada in 2013?" 

Some thoughts on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and CBC’s The Exchange

I had the pleasure of being on The Exchange on CBC on December 11, 2015 to discuss the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative ("CZI") with Bruce MacDonald, CEO…

Charity Commission faces further cuts as a result of budget “freeze”

The Charity Commission announced that its funding has been frozen until 2020.  The Charity Commission has already lost half of its budget over…

FATF Consultation on non-profit anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering recommendations

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has launched a quick public consultation on the Interpretative Note for Recommendation 8 which deals with…

List of registered foreign charitable organizations that received a gift from Canada down to 2

There is a small category of qualified donees called "registered foreign charitable organizations that have received a gift from Her Majesty in right…

“Nonprofits Proliferate but Not the Regulators, Says Report” cited in Chronicle of Philanthropy

In the US there has been a dramatic increase in the number of non-profits over the last few years.  The Chronicle of Philanthropy has written a…

FATF Best Practices on Combating the Abuse of Non-Profit Organizations

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has recently released a guide entitled Best Practices on Combating the Abuse of Non-Profit Organizations. FATF…

CRA letters to Trinity Global Support Foundation on reasons for revocation

The Trinity Global Support Foundation was recently revoked.   It received some media attention because of the involvement of the former mayor of…

CRA letters to Canadian Friends of Pearl Children about reasons for revocation

CRA recently revoked the registration of Canadian Friends of Pearl Children.   Here are the CRA letters to the charity.  According to…