“Confidence in charity leaders has fallen sharply over the last two decades – what does that mean for the sector?”

In this excellent article by Steven Ayer, he writes that confidence in the charity sector has fallen considerably over the last two decades.   The…

Grantmaking in Canada can be improved immensely but eliminating structured arrangements is dangerous and a red herring to the real problems with our sector

With respect to a recent bill passed by the Senate, but not the House of Commons, relating to structured arrangements/direction and control we have…

Upcoming Webinars for the Canadian Charity Law Association

The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars. Registration is free but space is limited. Topics are subject to change.…

The new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA) is targetted now to come in later this year

I was in a session with the Ontario government today related to user feedback for the new Ontario Business Registry (OBR).   In that session, they…

Ontario publishes regulations for new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA) – will it be brought into force on July 1?

A number of regulations for the new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA) have been published today in the Ontario Gazette.   This raises the…

Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) report on Transforming the Non-Profit Community is well worth reading

I recently read a fascinating report from the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) on Transforming the Non-Profit Community in…

T3010 Filing Reminder

CRA recently sent out a reminder to file the T3010. More than half of registered charities have a year end date of December 31st, which means that…

How has COVID affected funding of the Canadian charity sector? Part 2 – more data from the T3010

In our note "How has COVID affected funding of the Canadian charity sector Part 2?" we reviewed T3010 data and found amongst the 11,821 registered…

Canadian charities giving to Indigenous Charities and Qualified Donees – 2018

In this article Canadian charities giving to Indigenous Charities and Qualified Donees - 2018, Sharon Redsky, Wanda Brascoupe, Mark Blumberg and…

Recent webinar on trust based philanthropy from the MLSE Foundation provides lots of food for thought for Canadian foundations

I listened to a webinar recently that I thought was very good entitled: Community Learning Series - Trust-Based Philanthropy   Here is a…

CRA increasingly emphasizing importance of separation between registered charities and non-qualified donees

In the last couple of weeks I have read two separate CRA notes on the importance of maintaining sufficient separation between a registered charity…

Successful finish for Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2021 (Online)

On April 21, 2021 we had our Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2021.   It is the second Boot Camp that we have conducted online and our tenth…

Updates to CharityData.ca

We have recently made a number of updates to CharityData.ca.   The most important update is including more 2020 and 2019 charity returns.   Also, if…

2021 Canadian Federal Budget – How will it affect the Canadian charitable sector?

A lot has changed in 2 years when the last Federal budget was delivered. Today, Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced a Federal…

Employees in the Canadian Charity Sector -most charities either have no employee or 1 employee

  I recently read a very good report from The Charity Report dealing with charity sector employees entitled Charity Sector Employees: Employee…

“Cross-Border Philanthropy – A U.S. Perspective” by Eric Zolt – excellent paper

I just finished reading an excellent paper entitled Cross-Border Philanthropy - A U.S. Perspective by Eric Zolt.   It both provides a good summary of…

Blumberg Segal LLP is looking for an Associate Lawyer to join our Charity and Non-Profit practice

Blumberg Segal LLP is looking for an Associate Lawyer to join our Charity and Non-Profit practice. Here is a link and the text of the job listing:…

How has COVID affected funding of the Canadian charity sector? Part 1

Yesterday I tweeted about a US study on the effect on COVID on donations.    The study noted that US charitable giving increased by 10.6 percent in…

Trying to do grantmaking in Canada better

Well, we are in the midst of a pandemic and this has resulted in some grantmaking foundations and philanthropists increasing giving and thinking…

Will changing structured arrangements into a reasonable person test help the charity sector? – Part 4 – Charitable purposes and Conclusion

Recently a bill was proposed in the Senate -BILL S-222 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources), which will eliminate the “own…

Will changing structured arrangements into a reasonable person test help the charity sector? – Part 3 – The Reasonable Person – lots of questions

Recently a bill was proposed in the Senate -BILL S-222 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources), which will eliminate the “own…

Will changing structured arrangements into a reasonable person test help the charity sector? – Part 2 – The Main Provisions and various general concerns

Recently a bill was proposed in the Senate -BILL S-222 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources), which will eliminate the “own…

Will changing structured arrangements into a reasonable person test help the charity sector? – Part 1 – The preamble

Recently a bill was proposed in the Senate -BILL S-222 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources), which will eliminate the “own…

Report #1 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector – more thoughts

After my very disappointing first read of the “Report #1 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector” which was just released last Friday here…