Globalphilanthropy.ca gets global attention

The Newsletter “Global Giving Matters” published by the Synergos Institute and The World Economic Forum recently profiled…

New CRA Application for Registered Charity Status (T2050) and Guide (T4063)  finally arrived

The CRA has released an updated T2050 - Application to Register a Charity Under the Income Tax Act and it is located at…

Canadian Foundations and Tough Economic Times – A Comment.

In this comment I encourage foundations to be more active in the current difficult economic times.  Many are working hard with their partners in…

Third Generation of Blumberg volunteers in Canada

Theo at Food Bank.pdf

CRA Warning to charities: no lending of charitable registration numbers

CRA has prominently posted the following warning on its website: Under no circumstances should a registered charity lend its registration number to…

Global Philanthropy: Canadian Charities and Foreign Activities -Estate Planning Council of Toronto

Here is a copy of my presentation Global Philanthropy: Canadians and Canadian Charities and Foreign Activities that I delivered to the Estate…

CRA Revokes Choson Kallah Fund of Toronto as tax shelter donation arrangement

The problem of abusive charitable tax shelters using the developing world as a marketing tool continues.  It just goes to show the importance of…

CRA Reminds Canadian charities of 2009 disbursement quota changes

The CRA has reminded charitable organizations (not foundations) that these charitable organizations will beginning in 2009 have to in addition to…

Charity questions for our political parties in this 2008 Canadian election

Although charities are greater than 10% of our economy in a federal election the charitable sector gets between 0 and 0.01 of the attention.  We…

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Law List – September 2008 – Fundraising, Lobbying, Political Activities

In the September Newsletter we discuss the CRA Fundraising Consultation, provide my article on Canadian Charities and Foreign Activities which…

How Much Should A Canadian Charity Spend on Overhead such as Fundraising and Administration?

Why low overhead may not be a good thing for a charity and what is appropriate? Here is my updated article on “How Much Should A Canadian Charity…

Canadian Federal Election – Canadian charities must avoid partisan political activity

Canadian registered charities need to scrupulously avoid involvement with partisan political activity.  In this brief note we cover CRA policy…

United States Examining Tax Breaks for Charities, Will Canada follow?

The bad economic times, the war in Iraq and increasingly worsening socio-economic situation in the US is having some Democrats and Republicans wonder…

Redeemer Foundation v. M.N.R. (F.C.A.)- Federal Court agrees with CRA on audit powers with charities

This case dealt with whether the Charities Directorate of CRA requires judicial authorization to request certain information from a registered…

2008 Global Philanthropy Forum Videos Available online

The Global Philanthropy Forum is presented by the World Affairs Council of Northern California.  The 2008 title was “Human Security, Human…

Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFPC) – New Act if passed will affect Canadian charities

It looks like Industry Canada will be making a second attempt to pass a new federal non-profits act to replace the Canada Corporations Act.  It…

Your Guide to Charitable Giving and Estate Planning by CAGP Greater Toronto Roundtable 2008

Here is Your Guide to Charitable Giving and Estate Planning produced by the CAGP Greater Toronto Roundtable 2008.  It was inserted in the Globe…

Applicants for Charitable Status in Canada with foreign activities need to provide detailed info

The Canada Revenue Agency has recently been sending out a new form letter to some applicants for charitable registration which appear to have foreign…

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Law List – May 2008 – Burma, Flow-Through Share donations, volunteers,etc

Here is a copy of the Blumbergs Canadian Charity Law List - May 2008 with articles on subjects such as the Burma Cyclone and Sanctions, Flow-Through…

How Much does Canada and the Richest Countries Help Africa?

A recent report entitled “The Commitment to Development Index for Africa: How Much do the Richest Countries Help the Poorest Continent? is well…

CCIC 2008 AGM in Ottawa and Official Development Assistance Accountability Act (better aid bill)

I am just back from the 2008 AGM of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation.  It was awe inspiring to see some of the wonderful work…

Donation of Medicines by Canadian Pharmaceutical Companies to the Developing World

The Canadian Federal Budget, delivered in March 2007, provided an additional tax incentive to Canadian pharmaceutical companies to provide drugs to…

Who Gives for Overseas Development: A UK study

Alliance Magazine has a summary of this UK article on Who Gives for Overseas Development? at…

CRA’s 10 reasons why an application for Canadian charitable status will not be successful

The CRA recently posted their top ten list of why applications for charitable status will not be successful.  It was placed in a Consultation…