CRA’s Factors that will prevent an organization from being registered as a charity

CRA just put out a easy to read and understand list of “Factors that will prevent an organization from being registered as a…

Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act – Fourth Time Lucky? Will Canada get a new fed corporate law?

The Canadian parliament is once again considering passing the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.  If it is passed it will affect 19,000…

Tax Havens Cause Poverty

If you are interested in assisting reduce or eliminate extreme poverty and you want more than writing a cheque to fix a symptom of a problem then you…

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) “Criteria for Philanthropy at its Best”

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) has recently prepared a report entitled “Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best:…

Obama Budget to drastically reduce tax incentives for the wealthy who donate to charity

Obama has proposed the largest budget in US history.  He is planning on various tax cuts for people earning under US$250,000 and various tax…

OECD Report on Abuse of Charities for Money Laundering and Tax Evasion – Canada does very poorly

The OECD Report on Abuse of Charities for Money Laundering and Tax Evasion is well worth reading for anyone who cares about the Canadian charitable…

Scaremongering charities in a recession is not helpful – Canwest should improve coverage

In this article, I look at and criticize a sensationalist and inaccurate article in the Ottawa Citizen entitled “Downturn will sink 10,000…

Global giving is not a one way street- US Foundations Supporting Canadian Charities

The Foundation Center’s Interactive Map of Direct Grants by U.S. Grantmakers to Non-US Recipients is helpful to see how almost $7 billion dollars…

Canadian Charity Donation Tax Shelters Make No Financial Sense – or any other sense

I was merrily reading the Business Section of the Globe and Mail on February 7, 2009, and there was an advertisement stating: “Donation Tax…

Political Activities and Canadian Charities -Some CRA Policies and letters on political activities

Most of CRA’s view on political activities by Canadian charities can be found in Policy Statement CPS-022 Political Activities. (see Political…

CRA helps Ontario charities reduce paperwork and filing requirements in 2009

Ontario charities incorporated under the Ontario Corporations Act can save time and energy by filing one new directors and officer form instead of…

Million dollar donation and NO tax receipt -unbelievable!!

This is a very interesting story of one donation to a non-profit.So much emphasis is given to the tax benefits of donating to charity even though…

Canadian Charities and Political Activities – OCIC presentation

In order for Canadian charities to effectively achieve their objects or mandate they often need to engage in some “political” activities,…

An Analysis of Canadian Philanthropic Support for International Development and Relief – 2002 report

Here is an interesting report from the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy (now Imagine Canada) entitled “An Analysis of Canadian Philanthropic…

Draft of new T3010B Registered Charity Information Return released

Here is part of a draft of the new T3010B which was included in a recent Bulletin of the CCCC.  This part relates to the T3010B questions on…

Recent case on Canadian registered charity and business activities -Hostelling International Canada

This article deals with the recent Canadian Federal Court of Appeal case Hostelling International Canada – Ontario East Region in which the Federal…

Markets go up and down: the need remains

There has been a lot of attention on the ups and downs of the market.  Generally people who are heavily invested in the market feel good when…

Why a major gift combined with a bequest to a charity may be more tax effective than just a bequest

This short note discusses why a major gift combined with a bequest to a Canadian registered charity may be more tax effective than just a bequest to…

Interesting Quotes on Philanthropy

Here are some interesting quotes on philanthropy.Every man must decide whether he will walk in the creative light of altruism or the darkness of…

Importance and Size of Canadian Charitable Sector

Here are some statistics from the CRA dealing with the 83,000 registered charities in Canada as of the end of 2007.Numbers do not tell the whole…

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

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