Another update from the Ontario government on ONCA

On January 7, 2020 I got another update from the Ontario government on ONCA.  I warn you for those who read my blogs that the update does not really…

Mark Blumberg speaking at the 17th Annual Foundation, Endowment and Not for Profit Investment Summit

Mark Blumberg will be speaking on top compliance issues and transparency with investments at the 17th Annual Foundation, Endowment and Not for Profit…

Australian Wildfires and Canadian donors

We all see from the media the terrible wildfires in Australia.  Some Canadian donors or charities have wanted to assist with the relief and recovery…

The war on philanthropy that does not exist, apparently continues!

The Wall Street Journal on January 8, 2020 in an opinion piece entitled "The War on Philanthropy:  Private giving achieves what government…

Universities outside of Canada that are qualified donees and fundraising in Canada

If a University is outside of Canada and on a special list maintained by CRA then that foreign university can issue Canadian "official donation…

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.…

CRA releases application form for qualified Canadian journalism organizations

The CRA on December 20, 2019, put out a press release on their incentives relating to journalism.   As well CRA has released the T625 Application for…

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2020

Blumbergs is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp again on Monday April 20, 2020. An easy enough…

Mormon church has US$100 billion dollar fund and questions asked about it.

The Washington Post recently had an article entitled "Mormon Church has misled members on $100 billion tax-exempt investment fund, whistleblower…

Another exposé on super wealthy using DAFs in a way that raises lots of questions

There was recently an article in VOX entitled "Google’s Larry Page gave $400 million in Christmas donations. Not a penny went straight to charity.…

Church of Atheism of Central Canada v. CRA – atheism is not a religion for Canadian charity purposes

A recent Federal Court of Appeal case Church of Atheism of Central Canada v. Canada (National Revenue) deals with a group promoting atheism who…

CRA’s Top Five Audit Issues

If you have ever wondered what are some of the most common findings CRA has when it audits charities well here is the "Top Five Audit Issues":…

Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation is for now a qualified donee in Canada

There is a list called "foreign charities that have received a gift from Her Majesty in right of Canada".  As the name suggests a group that gets a…

CRA terminates some municipalities as qualified donees

I know the title sounds a little harsh but I recently checked a list that the CRA maintains of municipalities that are "qualified donees" or groups…

Increase in numbers of organizations in two qualified donee categories

There are a couple of important qualified donee categories that have increased in size - first the "List of municipal or public bodies performing a…

The CRA has released an updated 2019 version of its T3010 Registered Charity Information Return

The CRA has released recently the 2019 version C of its T3010 Registered Charity Information Return.  The major changes deal with replacing political…

VITREO Brain Trust Philanthropy Podcast on Community Foundations, DAFs and Perpetual Funds

I was recently on a VITREO podcast entitled Episode 31: The Impact of the Community Foundation - How They Have Become Power Players in…

Miller v. The Queen, 2019 TCC 204 – the Tax Court of Canada sure can be slow

There was a recent Tax Court of Canada ("TCC") case Miller v. The Queen, 2019 TCC 204. It is not an important or exciting case - it deals with a…

Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) In Canada – an online course by Mark Blumberg

We have recently launched another online course entitled "Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) In Canada: Understanding this important and often misunderstood…

CRA Sending Out T3010 Reminders

CRA is now sending out reminders to registered charities to file their T3010s on time. This reminders are going out roughly 3 months before the…

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2017

We are pleased to launch our Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2017 with information on the Canadian registered charity sector for 2017.…

Some government of Canada material on social enterprise, social innovation and social finance

Here are some documents relating to social finance, social investments and social enterprise that have been requested by various people through the…

Is employer contribution to employee crowdfunding a taxable benefit?

There is an interesting letter from CRA dealing with "Whether an employer's contribution to an employee's crowdfunding campaign raising funds…

ONCA – does no update mean no ONCA?

I have been asking the Ontario government for months for an update on whether ONCA is coming into force and when.   On September 25, 2019 I…