We assist Canadian charities understand their legal and ethical obligations when operating charities in Canada or abroad and provide insights and information to non-Canadian charities interested in operating or fundraising in Canada.
The charitable sector in Canada has become highly competitive. There are over 86,000 Canadian registered charities. Donors, regulators, media, the public as well as other stakeholders, have increasingly high standards for charities and their operations. GlobalPhilanthropy.ca will assist non-profits and charities in Canada in trying to be transparent, legal, ethical and effective.
There is a new article in the New York Times entitled "They Took In One Refugee Family. But Families Don’t Have Borders." It is a followup to an earlier article on the experience of 3 Syrian families who had come to Canada recently as refugees which we covered here. The most recent report by Jodi Kantor and Catrin Einhorn discusses the difficulty that Syrian refugees and their sponsors face in a world of instant technology when the refugees are in Canada but their families are left behind.
As part of the CRA focus on political activities the CRA did some educational activities and awareness raising about the rules for Canadian charities conducting political activities. Here is a copy of the Charities Directorate Political Activities Education and Information Plan.
CRA has released a letter which discusses whether improvement districts, particularly in British Columbia, would be considered municipal or public bodies performing a function of government for the purpose of paragraph 149(1)(c) and therefore able to issue donation receipts as a qualified donee. CRA determined that improvement districts could qualify as a municipal or public body performing a function of government because they have a governance function, and exercise powers similar to those of municipalities (whether providing one or several services to the public). Here is a copy of the full CRA letter.
I am pleased to be on a panel at Arnova in Washington entitled "The Foundation Payout Debate: Comparative Perspectives on Distribution, Perpetuity and the Role of Foundations".
I am looking forward to presenting at the upcoming ICD session Collaboration for Greater Impact on November 22, 2016. The panel will include Rahul Bhardwaj (CEO ICD), Joanne Doyle (UWTYR), Donna Duncan (CEO The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre), Ian Smith (Chair The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre) and myself. My role on the panel will be to deal with legal aspects of mergers and amalgamations.