Happy Holidays from the OECD – a very interesting report on different countries and how they treat philanthropy and charities

An interesting report from the OECD on charities in many different countries recently was published. It was given a really exciting title namely…

New Ontario Business Registry will one day become active and you should sign up now to get reminders and information

The Ontario Ministry of Government Services is launching a new Ontario Business Registry at some point over the next year or two.  This Registry will…

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint by Lucy Bernholz – a very useful critique of the NPO sector in the US

For those interested in understanding the complexity of US non-profits, much of which is similar in Canada, you might find the Philanthropy and…

CRA reminds charities of importance of filing T3010 Registered Charity Information Return by December 31, 2020

I received the following today from CRA reminding charities to file their T3010 if it was due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020:  …

Statistics Canada launches crowd sourced questionnaire on diversity in the non-profit and charity sector.

Statistics Canada launched a crowd-sourced questionnaire on diversity in the non-profit and charity sector.  I encourage groups to complete the…

Another version of CRA’s guidance on advancement of religion released in an access to information request

We have been blogging about CRA's draft guidance "Advancement of religion and charitable registration" in 2009, 2017 and 2018.   Essentially CRA has…

Mark Blumberg’s testimony to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) on CSSG/WE Charity Scandal

On Friday, December 11, 2020 I gave testimony to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) on the CSSG and We…

CRA revokes as a result of audit first 2 charities in over a year

The CRA has revoked its first two registered charities in over a year.  Actually, over 13 months not one charity has been revoked.  Some think that…

Some are calling for changes to Canadian charity rules for foreign activities

I wish I did not have to write this article about the Canadian rules around international philanthropy and foreign activities but unfortunately, a…

Despite WE Charity Scandal and 5 months of intense coverage the Federal government is reducing transparency on the charitable sector

If you have followed the WE Charity scandal one of the major concerns is the lack of transparency with Canadian registered charities.   That is not…

T3010 deadline is December 31, 2020 – but get your forms in as soon as possible

As we have discussed extensively, as a result of COVID the CRA has extended the deadline for filing the T3010s that were or will be due from March…

Mark Blumberg to present as part of a panel at the AFP GTA Congress 2020 on “WE have a Problem”

Here is a description of the presentation on November 24, 2020:   Lunch ’N Learn Panel: WE Have a Problem   Jaya Mootoo , Ann…

Capacity building, education, and online courses for the Canadian charity and non-profit sector

Our firm has been using online tools for over 10 years – primarily webinars.  In 2018, we moved to providing paid online courses dealing with charity…

The Charity Report provides a profile of the Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector

We were pleasantly surprised to see that The Charity Report "your independent source of news in the charity sector" recently published an article…

Foundation Magazine focus on WE Charity CSSG controversy

Foundation Magazine has focused on the WE Charity scandal in its latest edition.  A number of different articles deal with different aspects of the…

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2018

Here is our Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2018. We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2018…

CRA accepts over 170 voluntary revocations

The Canada Gazette on October 17, 2020 published the names of over 170 Canadian registered charities that had requested voluntary revocation.  Here…

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute 2020 – online

Every year Blumbergs has its Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute.  This year we will be doing a "mini-institute" – very virtual, much shorter…

The WE Charity scandal and its impact on the Canadian charity sector?

A lot has happened since we originally published this article on September 4th so here is an updated version below.     The WE Charity…

Access to Information sorely lacking when it comes to WE Charity scandal

The Canadian access to information system seems to underperforming when it comes to the WE Charity scandal.   See this PDF of Completed Access to…

ONCA update but still don’t know when ONCA will be brought into force

[Update - the motion to extend the period within ONCA can be brought into force was carried on September 21, 2020.]   As we have noted before,…

Now is the time to get onto CRA’s Digital Services for Charities

While restrictions are easing up and businesses are getting back to work, now is still a good time for registered charities to get on to CRA's new…

CRA Charities Directorate email today on upcoming changes with our comments

The Charities Directorate of CRA sent out an email today to their electronic mailing list.  The full text is below and our comments are in [brackets…

Decline in trust in the Canadian non-profit and charity sector as a result of the WE Charity scandal

A recent public opinion poll by Proof Communications, which runs the CanTrust index, dealing with trust shows a 6% decline for the non-profit and…