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…

Which Canadian charities spent money on foreign activities in 2018 and how much did they spend?

In our note Which Canadian charities spent money on foreign activities in 2018 and how much did they spend we recently reviewed the T3010 information…

New course on restricted gifts in Canada by Mark Blumberg

Today we are launching a new course of restricted gifts for Canadian charities: "Restricted Gifts - Managing the Opportunities and Dangers of…

How do I know if a group is an agency of the Canadian Federal Gov. and therefore a qualified donee?

Here is a list of qualified donees.  One of them is "Her Majesty in right of Canada" ie. the Canadian Federal government.  However, it also includes…

What is a Qualified donee under the Income Tax Act Canada in 2020? How many are there?

A qualified donee is an organization that can issue official donation receipts for gifts it receives from individuals and corporations. It can also…

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Legal Checklist for Working with Intermediaries in Canada

Here is our Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Legal Checklist for Working with Intermediaries in Canada 2020.  It will be of help to Canadian registered…

Canadian Charities Working with Non-Charities in Canada – A Very Simplified View of the Process

In this brief note, we try to suggest ten steps for a simplified contractor arrangement between a Canadian charity and a group in Canada that is not…

New Course on Canadian Charities Working with Non-Charities in Canada

We have just prepared a new course on Canadian Charities Working with Non-Charities in Canada.  Here is information on the new course and how to…

CRA’s Charities Listing vs. Blumbergs’ Charity Data 2020

With changes in May 2019 in which CRA removed about 10 years of public information from the Charities Listing, the differences between the CRA’s…

If you want to understand the diversity of the Canadian registered charity sector

Most Canadians don't understand how diverse the Canadian charity sector is.   The public sometimes has stereotypes of charities - those helping the…

Blumbergs releases new Canadian Charity Legal Checklist for 2020 by Mark Blumberg

Here is an updated Canadian Charity Legal Checklist by Mark Blumberg.  It is a checklist for Canadian registered charities to assist them with…

List of foreign charities that have received a gift from the Canadian government is up to 5

The List of foreign charities that have received a gift from Her Majesty in right of Canada has now 5 foreign charities listed. Here is the list:…

Now 462 municipal or public bodies performing a function of government in Canada registered as qualified donees

The list of municipal or public bodies performing a function of government in Canada registered as qualified donees has grown to 462.  It is…

Some initial issues for a new Canadian grantmaking foundation

Here is our article "Some initial issues for a new Canadian grantmaking foundation".   Hopefully, it will provide some ideas as to issues that new…

Another exposé on super wealthy using DAFs in a way that raises lots of questions

There was recently an article in VOX entitled "Google’s Larry Page gave $400 million in Christmas donations. Not a penny went straight to charity.…

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 to what…

Blumberg Segal and OCIC host “Trends in U.S.-based Global Grantmaking” with Council on Foundations

Here is a program we are putting on entitled “Trends in U.S.-based Global Grantmaking” with Andrew Ho of the US Council on Foundations.…