I will be presenting to The Canadian Institute’s Advanced Forum on Government Relations and Lobbying a presentation on “Charities and Lobbying: Ensuring the Sector’s Views are Heard on Funding and Policy” on June 8, 2011.  This is a two day Forum on GR and Lobbying.

For further information see this flyer on The Canadian Institute’s Advanced Forum on Government Relations and Lobbying.

The full description of my presentation is:

Charities and Lobbying: Ensuring the Sector’s Views are Heard on Funding and Policy
Mark Blumberg
Partner, Blumberg Segal LLP
Canadian charities are increasingly engaging in the political process, and receive approximately 2/3 of their annual revenues of $180 billion from government. The unique experiences, insights, networks, connections and credibility of charities are often sought out by policy makers. This session will provide you with an overview of crucial recent developments that both expand and restrict the ability of Canadian charities to conduct political activities and lobby.

• Understanding the unique rules for charities:
– How lobbyist registration affects charities
– Restrictions from the Ontario government on affiliations with those involved in political activity
– Guidelines from the CRA on charities and political activities
– Public disclosure requirements

• Guidelines for successful lobbying initiatives, including recent charity sector lobbying on Bill C-470 dealing with compensation caps and transparency
• Identifying the top spending charities and their unique results-oriented characteristics
• How to position