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 Globe and Mail on November 24, 2015 had an article "Ottawa suing UBC, former faculty of dentistry member for misuse of funds". The article alleges that the Federal government is claiming the return of millions of dollars as funds were allegedly misused. Apparently "The lawsuit concerns transactions that went on for more than a decade, from 2002 to 2013, and were funded by $10.6-million from Health Canada. Those funds were supposed to provide dental services to First Nations people living in Haida Gwaii."
Peter Henderson of the Globe and Mail has a short article "Treat holiday charitable donations like an investment" in which he discusses different peoples perspectives on how to choose a good charity. For those who are interested in this topic you might want to checkout www.smartgiving.ca for some thoughts on this topic.
The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars. Registration is free but space is limited.
The Mowat Centre recently released a report with the aim of promoting the discussion of decent work in the NFP sector and encouraging action on NFP workforce development issues. The report is a result of an 18 month collaboration between the Ontario Nonprofit Network, Toronto Neighbourhood Centres and Mowat NFP.
The Charity Commission announced that its funding has been frozen until 2020. The Charity Commission has already lost half of its budget over the last few years and with this freeze the budget is actually decreasing every year as a result of inflation. The Conservative government in the UK has done a great job of undermining one of the most important charity regulators.
It is interesting to see that CRA used to refer to "abusive charity gifting tax schemes" and they appear to be lumping them in with fraud. "Meet Mary & William. Mary and William are a married couple with kids. They have fallen victim to a donation tax shelter scheme. Find out more about Mary and William’s story and how you can protect yourself against fraud."