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.
I was delighted to present as part of a panel at the Université de Montréal Charity Law Conference 2015 on May 8, 2015. The panel was entitled The Modern Charities Regulator and my presentation was entitled "Overview of the Regulatory Environment in Canada for Registered Charities".
In a decision on April 9, 2015 in the Federal court The Honourable Madam Justice Mactavish dealt with an issue of whether The International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (Canada) ("IRFAN") could use funds to pay past and future legal costs. IRFAN used to be a registered charity and then lost its charitable status and finally was in April 2014 added as a listed terrorist entity. Such listing effectively freezes the assets of IRFAN. IRFAN was alleged to have provided resources to Hamas, which is a listed terrorist organization.
CBC recently reported in an article "Giving Tree Foundation to be stripped of charity status: Charity that gives $2M a year to children's causes faces demise after tax review". CBC notes "The group has a relationship with EquiGenesis Corp., a company that designed a complicated donation tax strategy that helped the Giving Tree Foundation quickly raise millions of dollars after it was re-organized five years ago."
In a recent Toronto Star article entitled "Critics say Fraser Institute letter highlights ‘enormous lack of clarity’ in charity-audit rules" the Toronto Star discusses a letter from the Fraser Institute to supporters. The article raises some interesting points but I have some concerns with the article as well.
The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars. Registration is free but space is limited.