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.
As part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project we have requested from the CRA copies of the Registered Canadian amateur athletic associations (RCAAAs) T2052 and financial statements for each of the RCAAAs. None of this information is provided on the CRA website or anywhere else unless an individual RCAAA puts it up on their website. For a full list of RCAAAs see CRA's website. We will be adding additional RCAAAs in the next few weeks.
The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars. Registration is free but space is limited.
CRA recently released a letter which discusses whether a Chief's Council, relating to several First Nations, would be considered a public body performing a function of government for purposes of para. 149(1)(c) of the Act such that it would be able to issue donation receipts as a qualified donee.
The CRA has revoked the Canadian Friends of Pearl Children for involvement with what CRA would term an abusive charity gifting tax scheme.
The Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence has released a report entitled Countering the Terrorist Threat In Canada. The report provides 25 recommendations. Some of the recommendations are common sense and others are controversial or questionable. I was a little upset with the report but perhaps that was because I was taking it too seriously. As one blogger noted "Keep in mind that the Canadian Senate churns out masses of reports that they have no power to implement. In my opinion many are just make-work projects to show that the senate does actually have a valid function, a point much debated in Canada at the moment."