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…

Recent CRA letters of revocation for Canadian registered charities

Here are the CRA letters from a number of recent Canadian registered charity revocations, annulments and penalties.  These letters from CRA…

Charity Commission guidance on trustees/directors and abusive tax schemes.

The Charity Commission of England and Wales has published a useful guidance entitled "Charity tax reliefs: guidance on Charity Commission policy".…

Canadian Charity Case Law

We are compiling a list of Canadian cases dealing with charities, gifting and related issues.  Let us know if you have any other suggestions:…

Updated Canadian Registered Charity Legal Checklist by Mark Blumberg

Here is an updated version of the Canadian Charity Legal Checklist.  For those who are interested in reviewing legal compliance for their…

Canadian Charities Conducting International Activities (2015)

This article Canadian Charities Conducting International Activities (2015) discusses the regulatory environment for Canadian charities conducting…

Public Television Assoc. of Quebec v. CRA – confirms CRA guidance and direction and control rules

In a recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal Public Television Association of Quebec v. Canada (National Revenue), 2015 FCA 170 the court…

CRA revokes the registration of the Canadian Friends of Pearl Children

The CRA has revoked the Canadian Friends of Pearl Children for involvement with what CRA would term an abusive charity gifting tax scheme.…

Remittances and the 2015 Federal Budget

I was pleased to see in the Federal budget some funds allocated to study and improve the system of remittances from Canada to developing countries.…

FINA report Terrorist Financing in Canada and Abroad: Needed Federal Actions

The Standing Committee on Finance recently released a report "Terrorist Financing in Canada and Abroad: Needed Federal Actions".  The report…

The Hudson Institute’s Index of Philanthropic Freedom 2015 – flawed but interesting

The Hudson Institute has recently released The Index of Philanthropic Freedom 2015.  The survey looked at 64 countries and “Through these…

CRA presentation to Finance Committee on terrorism

On March 26, 2015, Rick Stewart, Assistant Commissioner, Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch, of the Canada Revenue Agency, made a…

IRS determination letter summarizes rules for US discretion and control with foreign activities

Recently the IRS has released an adverse determination letter dealing with discretion and control over grants to foreign organizations by an…