CRA has been piloting charity webinars recently. I understand that they have had a very good reception and that on the last e-mail announcement 400 people signed up in less than 2 hours.  Here is information on their past webinars and future ones if you are interested.

In Newsletter 32 CRA noted:

Webinars
The CRA is always looking for more ways to reach out to charities and to help them understand and meet their obligations under the Income Tax Act. The Charities Directorate already distributes its educational resources through many communication channels, such as the Charities and Giving Web pages, publications, Charities Information Sessions, mailings, and the electronic mailing list.

To supplement the face-to-face Charities Information Sessions already being delivered, the Directorate launched a pilot project using webinars. Webinars are interactive online presentations that are similar to the Charities Information Sessions.

The first webinars were held on February 10 and 11, 2009, and dealt with gifting and receipting. The webinars were one hour long, and they were interactive. An estimated 218 registered charities participated in these online sessions.  Based on the results of the evaluation, the Directorate will continue to pilot webinars over the next year. Two webinars, one in English and one in French, will be held on June 3, 2009, and will cover the new Form T3010B, Registered Charity Information Return.

If you are interested in participating in a session, please go to www.cra.gc.ca/tx/chrts/cmmnctn/sssns/wbnrs-eng.html.

Additional webinars are being planned for the fall of 2009. Go to www.cra.gc.ca/charities for information on dates, times, topics, registration, and more.

Mark Blumberg is a lawyer at Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto, Ontario.  He can be contacted at mark@blumbergs.ca or at 416-361-1982. To find out more about legal services that Blumbergs provides to Canadian charities and non-profits please visit www.canadiancharitylaw.ca or www.globalphilanthropy.ca

This article is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be legal advice. You should not act or abstain from acting based upon such information without first consulting a legal professional.