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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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…