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.
Here is a recent CharityVillage article entitled "A national charity census: Mark Blumberg's Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector" which highlights the recent Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector 2014.
The Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) have released today a booklet entitled 20 Questions Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations Should Ask about Mergers. It is located on this CPA Canada page. It is written by Andrea Cohen Barrack, CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), Canada’s largest granting foundation, and Mark Blumberg, a charity lawyer and partner at Blumberg Segal LLP and editor of www.globalphilanthropy.ca, www.canadiancharitylaw.ca, smartgiving.ca and charitydata.ca
In a 44 page cost decision Pizzitelli J. discusses how much costs should be given to CRA (the Respondent) with respect to the abusive charity gifting tax scheme, GLGI, that he had previously provided a judgment in. The hearings on the case were over 25 days - certainly quite a thorough vetting of the issues. You can read the full GLGI cost decision here. Pizzitelli J. notes:
"While I appreciate the Promoter may bear the direct responsibility for the sham it has perpetrated on the Appellants and the Canadian public at large and benefited to the extent of millions of dollars in cash contributions, the Appellants and Bound Appellants did blindly or willingly jump on the Program train in expectation of receiving a net cash advantage from their donation. As I indicated in paragraph 88 of my Reasons in this matter: ..When otherwise good people turn a blind eye to the obvious reality surrounding them, they cannot lay blame on others for the consequences that follow from the fraud or sham of others. They certainly should not expect the Canadian public to fund their losses. Accordingly, I am not prepared to limit liability for costs solely to the Promoter as requested by the Appellants and Bound Appellants."
The Charity Commission of England and Wales has recently released a draft guidance on the types of controls English charities should be using when providing grants to non-English charities.
Recently at the BOND website there was a good article on importance of funding local civil society organizations (CSOs) and how the mindset of some funders needs to change. The Article is entitled "From rhetoric to reality – how do we move beyond intentions when it comes to funding local CSOs directly?"
The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars. Registration is free but space is limited.