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.
The 2017 Canadian Federal Budget was released today. Here is our article 2017 Canadian Federal Budget - How will it affect the Canadian charitable sector?
The Ontario Hospital Association is having a conference entitled "Strengthening Foundation Governance: Current Issues, Challenges and Solutions". I will be presenting on Charitable Giving, Transparency and Standards. There will be a number of other interesting presentations.
The Charity Commission has recently updated their guidance "Charity finances: trustee essentials". It provides helpful information on finances that Canadian directors and trustees, as well as staff, should be aware of. Keep in mind that on certain points the law in Canada is different than in England and Wales. Unfortunately the CRA provides far less guidance on financial management and governance to the charity sector than I would like.
This recent article in The Guardian entitled Charity regulator to crack down on political advocacy after complaints discusses how the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has cracked down on certain political activities by charities in Australia and how the ACNC is asking for less secrecy and more transparency in dealing with charity compliance issues.
The Vancouver Sun is reporting that North Shore Rescue is suing the Search and Rescue Society of B.C. over allegations that the latter groups has been using the name of the North Shore Rescue to raise money. It will be interesting to see what happens with the lawsuit. Here is the article "Charity denies wrongdoing in lawsuit over search-and-rescue fundraising". There is also a CBC article entitled "SARBC 'extremely shocked' over North Shore Rescue fundraising lawsuit".
Here is a redacted copy of a notice sent by the Charities Directorate of CRA reminding charities of their filing date and the consequences of not filing the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return within 6 months of the end of your fiscal year.