Mark Blumberg presenting to the Foundation, Endowment and Not For Profit Investment Summit on Top Compliance Issues for Canadian Foundations

I will be presenting to the Foundation, Endowment and Not For Profit Investment Summit on Navigating the Top Compliance Issues Facing Canadian…

Gifts by Canadian Charities to the United Nations and its Agencies in 2019

Here is our article Gifts by Canadian Charities to the United Nations and its Agencies in 2019. In this article, we will look at funding of the…

Gifts by Canadian Registered Charities to the Registered Foreign Universities in 2019

Here is our article Gifts by Canadian Charities to the Registered Foreign Universities in 2019. In this article, we will look at funding of…

Department of Finance releases Notice of Ways and Means Motion with draft legislation for Canadian charities dealing with non-qualified donees

The Department of Finance has released the Notice of Ways and Means Motion to introduce an Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled…

CRA has published its “Report on the Charities Program 2020 to 2021”

The CRA recently published their annual "Report on the Charities Program 2020 to 2021". (PDF) Here are some comments: The Minister of National…

Helping Ukraine deal with the humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian invasion

Let’s start with the most obvious. Canadian individuals and corporations can donate to numerous Canadian registered charities that are dealing with…

Canada’s matching fund for the Crisis in Ukraine and donations to the Canadian Red Cross has been increased to $30 million

Canada, on February 25, 2022, announced a $10 million matching fund for gifts by individuals to the Canadian Red Cross Society for their Ukraine…

Human Concern International v. Canada – Federal Court of Appeal dismisses request for postponement of suspension

Here is a recent case in the Federal Court of Appeal with charity Human Concern International v. Canada. (PDF)? We had discussed this matter…

Blumbergs’ Pre-Budget Submission – February 25, 2022

Here is the Blumbergs' Pre-Budget Submission for the 2022 Federal Budget that we filed on February 25, 2022. Our top recommendations are: List of…

Top Fallacies about Canadian Private Foundations in Canada in 2022

There are approximately 6,300 private foundations in Canada.? Private foundations have been growing at a higher rate than any other type of Canadian…

The Effective and Accountable Charities Act passes the Senate, still has to go through the House and not clear if it will ever become law

It looks like Bill S-216, the Effective and Accountable Charities Act has passed the Senate and will now move to the House of Commons.? ?It was…

Dramatic changes to charity audits by CRA over the last few years

I recently read on a blog with some statistics relating to the number of audits that the Charities Directorate of CRA was conducting each year.…

Human Concern International penalty, suspension and compliance agreement with CRA and related documents

CRA has the ability to provide penalties to Canadian registered charities and suspend the receipting privileges and qualified donee status of a…

ACCS submission to Finance on the DQ suggesting no change to the rate is disappointing for operating charities

At a time when charities need funds and private foundations alone are sitting on $95 billion dollars, the Advisory Committee to the Charitable Sector…

Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Ontario Charity Sector 2019 – information on registered charities in Ontario from the CRA T3010 annual filings

Here is the Blumbergs' Snapshot of the Ontario Charity Sector 2019. We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for…

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2019 – information on the Canadian registered charity sector from the T3010 filings of Canadian charities

Here is the Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2019. We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2019…

Conservatives propose Foreign Agents Registry Act which could prevent large Canadian charities from receiving foreign funding costing universities and others billions of dollars

The Conservatives have put forward some proposals in their platform that are unclear and could have a significant negative effect on the charity…

Blumbergs’ Submission for the Pre-Budget Consultations for the Canadian Federal Budget 2022 with a focus on Transparency and Accountability in the Non-profit and Charity Sector

Here is the Blumbergs' Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance for the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the Upcoming…

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…

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…

“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…

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…