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.
Corporations Canada of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has been dissolving non-profit corporations that are under the Canada Corporations Act (CCA) but have not continued to the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act ("CNCA"). Corporations Canada has advised me that as of June 13, 2017 there are only 304 remaining CCA non-profit corporations and that they are still processing some transitions.
The Finance Committee is having pre-budget consultations in advance of the 2018 Budget. They advise that "Written submissions of no more than 2,000 words, including an executive summary, can be submitted to the Committee until Friday, August 4, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time."
The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars. Registration is free but space is limited.
The CRA sent out an email to certain stakeholders on June 20, 2017 announcing that they will no longer be accepting charity applications with draft governing documents. We will discuss the impact below. For those wanting charity status, you will need to at least establish the organization ie. incorporate the corporation, establish the trust etc. if you want CRA to review your charity application. Practically, since December of 2014, we have not used draft applications and we have discouraged others from using them because of changes to the process which made them less useful.
In this note Which Canadian charities had the highest expenditures in 2015? we list Canadian registered charities that spent over $10 million and how much they spent as reported for the 2015 fiscal year.The total expenditures of all the 84,442 registered charities were about $240,088,726,650.00.
The Canadian Charity Law Association (CCLA) is pleased to present: Charities, Regulation and Donors - some international perspectives on June 22, 2017 at 8:30AM in Toronto. The 1/2 day program will cover 4 thought provoking topics (see bios below) and have two excellent international guests. The room can only hold 33 people so if you are interested book quickly.