New online course – Should Our Canadian Business Establish a Corporate Foundation?

We have created a new online course, Should Our Canadian Business Establish a Corporate Foundation?  This course will discuss when it may be…

How has COVID affected funding of the Canadian charity sector? Part 2 – more data from the T3010

In our note "How has COVID affected funding of the Canadian charity sector Part 2?" we reviewed T3010 data and found amongst the 11,821 registered…

Canadian charities giving to Indigenous Charities and Qualified Donees – 2018

In this article Canadian charities giving to Indigenous Charities and Qualified Donees - 2018, Sharon Redsky, Wanda Brascoupe, Mark Blumberg and…

Recent webinar on trust based philanthropy from the MLSE Foundation provides lots of food for thought for Canadian foundations

I listened to a webinar recently that I thought was very good entitled: Community Learning Series - Trust-Based Philanthropy   Here is a…

CRA increasingly emphasizing importance of separation between registered charities and non-qualified donees

In the last couple of weeks I have read two separate CRA notes on the importance of maintaining sufficient separation between a registered charity…

Updates to CharityData.ca

We have recently made a number of updates to CharityData.ca.   The most important update is including more 2020 and 2019 charity returns.   Also, if…

“Cross-Border Philanthropy – A U.S. Perspective” by Eric Zolt – excellent paper

I just finished reading an excellent paper entitled Cross-Border Philanthropy - A U.S. Perspective by Eric Zolt.   It both provides a good summary of…

Trying to do grantmaking in Canada better

Well, we are in the midst of a pandemic and this has resulted in some grantmaking foundations and philanthropists increasing giving and thinking…

Will changing structured arrangements into a reasonable person test help the charity sector? – Part 4 – Charitable purposes and Conclusion

Recently a bill was proposed in the Senate -BILL S-222 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources), which will eliminate the “own…

Will changing structured arrangements into a reasonable person test help the charity sector? – Part 3 – The Reasonable Person – lots of questions

Recently a bill was proposed in the Senate -BILL S-222 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources), which will eliminate the “own…

Will changing structured arrangements into a reasonable person test help the charity sector? – Part 2 – The Main Provisions and various general concerns

Recently a bill was proposed in the Senate -BILL S-222 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources), which will eliminate the “own…

Will changing structured arrangements into a reasonable person test help the charity sector? – Part 1 – The preamble

Recently a bill was proposed in the Senate -BILL S-222 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources), which will eliminate the “own…

What happens when you make it too easy to become a charity?

The US largest organization representing non-profits, which has over 25,000 non-profit members, has called for the IRS to eliminate their Form…

CRA provides additional information on foreign activities by Canadian charities

After years of seeing less and less transparency about registered charities in Canada coming from the CRA, for various reasons, we now have one…

Going the Extra Mile: The Liability of Foreignness in U.S. Foundation International Grantmaking to Local NGOs

I recently ran across a very good article entitled: "Going the Extra Mile: The Liability of Foreignness in U.S. Foundation International Grantmaking…

Canadian charities can have relationships with non-charities but need to have adequate separation

We recently did a course entitled Multiple Corporate Structures for Canadian For-Profits, NPOs, + Charities to Enhance Flexibility and Impact.…

Why does CRA ask about charitable “activities” and not just about charitable “purposes”

In a recent CRA document, we obtained that was released through access to information, it provides a good explanation of why CRA cares about…

Report “Unfunded: Black Communities Overlooked by Canadian Philanthropy” released – shows miniscule funding of Black groups

A recent report entitled "Unfunded: Black Communities Overlooked by Canadian Philanthropy" is a wakeup call that Foundations and Charities are not…

Some are calling for changes to Canadian charity rules for foreign activities

I wish I did not have to write this article about the Canadian rules around international philanthropy and foreign activities but unfortunately, a…

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2018

Here is our Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2018. We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2018…

The WE Charity scandal and its impact on the Canadian charity sector?

A lot has happened since we originally published this article on September 4th so here is an updated version below.     The WE Charity…

Transparency in the Canadian Charitable Sector and the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return Online Course

Every year we do a 3-hour course on transparency and the T3010.   This year there has been a lot of interest in transparency around charities.   On…

Some compliance trends or task over the next 6 months for Canadian registered charities

Here are a number of trends or compliance suggestions for charities over the next six months: If you are an Ontario corporation under the Ontario…

Canadian Red Cross offering grants to NPOs, PPE for charities and NPOs

The Canadian Red Cross is still making grants to non-profit organizations who are assisting vulnerable Canadians dealing with COVID.  If you are a…