CRA Compliance Framework for Files with Identified Political Activities

Here is a copy of the CRA Compliance Framework for Files with Identified Political Activities from the Charities Directorate of the CRA.  …

CRA presentation on the Regulation of Charities – Overview September 2014

Here is a copy of a CRA Powerpoint presentation slide deck on the Regulation of Charities - Overview - September 2014.  It provides…

Canada Without Poverty charter challenge to political activity rules of Canadian charities

A Canadian charity has launched a charter challenge against the restrictions on registered charities in carrying out political activities. They argue…

Copy of the CRA Ministerial Transition Briefing Binder from November 2015 – labelled “secret”

We have uploaded a copy of the "secret" CRA Ministerial Transition Briefing Binder provided to the new Minister of Revenue Diane…

“Donald Trump Accused of Using His Charity as a Political Slush Fund” – The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast has a rather extensive article on Donald Trump's use of the Trump Foundation entitled Donald Trump Accused of Using His…

AFP Toronto Fundraising Day:  The Time is Now: Government Relations for Canadian Charities

I am pleased to be on a panel for AFP GTA Fundraising Day with Caroline Riseboro, Bruce MacDonald, Hilary Pearson, and Stewart Wong.…

Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector 2014

We have just released the Blumbergs' Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector 2014 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project.…

AFP GTA Fundraising Day 2016

I look forward to the AFP GTA Fundraising Day 2016 which will be held on June 9, 2016.  There will be various speakers and panels.  I…

Sunny days for charities and political activities?  But lack of transparency results in some clouds

Here is an article "Sunny days for charities and political activities?  But lack of transparency results in some clouds" which discusses a…

Liberals announce winding down of the political activities audit program for charities

Diane Lebouthillier, the new Minister of National Revenue has announced that the 2012 Conservative government initiative to audit more registered…

The important charity information British people get to see that Canadians are forbidden from seeing

The Charity Commission of England and Wales just released a report entitled Campaigning and political issues arising in the run-up to the 2015…

Ontario Bar Association program “Top Compliance Issues for Canadian Charities” on Nov 9, 2015

On November 9, 2015 I will be presenting a program for the Ontario Bar Association, along with Nevena Urosevic, on Top Compliance…

Snapshot on Political Activities in the Canadian Charity Sector 2013

We have prepared as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project this Snapshot on Political Activities in the Canadian Charity Sector 2013.…

Election 2015 and Canadian charities – article for Hilborn

I recently wrote an article "Election 2015 and Canadian charities" for Hilborn.   Charities that are involved in political activities may find…

CRA posts “Advisory on partisan political activities” as the 2015 Federal election continues

The CRA has posted an "Advisory on partisan political activities" as a reminder to Canadian registered charities that they must avoid all partisan…

Canadian Charities and Political Activities: Keeping room temperature in a chilly environment

Here is a recent article I wrote "Canadian Charities and Political Activities: Keeping room temperature in a chilly environment".

Cathy Hawara’s comments on political activities and compliance in a May 2015 speech

Political activities and charities has been a hot button issue over the last few years.  With Prime Minister Harper launching the 2015 election…

New CRA webpages on political audits and the general audit process

CRA has recently posted two new web pages on Charities and political activities (Budget 2012) and The audit process for charities.  …

“Top 20 Charity Law Issues for Canadian Registered Charities” in Ottawa July 15

On July 15, 2015 Mark Blumberg will be delivering a 2 hour presentation entitled "Top 20 Charity Law Issues for Canadian Registered Charities" in…

Carleton University “Public policy for philanthropy, charities and nonprofits” – July 16

I will be on a panel at Carleton University on July 16 discussing "Public policy for philanthropy, charities and nonprofits– The issue we…

House of Commons Finance Committee has announced the 2015 pre-budget consultations

The House of Commons Finance Committee has announced the 2015 pre-budget consultations.   Charities interested in making submissions to the…

Fundamentals of Political Activities by Canadian Registered Charities

The involvement of charities in political activities has been a major story since 2012. The 2012 Federal Budget introduced new reporting requirements…

Presentation to the Université de Montréal Charity Law Conference 2015

I was delighted to present as part of a panel at the Université de Montréal Charity Law Conference 2015 on May 8, 2015.  The…

Toronto Star article on Fraser Institute and political activities

In a recent Toronto Star article entitled "Critics say Fraser Institute letter highlights ‘enormous lack of clarity’ in charity-audit…