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 Hillborn Charity eNews just published the second part of our article Top fallacies about private foundations in Canada. It discusses numerous incorrect preconceptions that people have about private foundations.
CRA has been sending out notices relating to the 2015 T3010 Registered Charity Information Return asking that a one page form entitled "New Reporting Requirement" be added to a registered charity's 2015 T3010 filing. The notice essentially asks the question "Did the charity have direct partnership holdings at any time during the fiscal period?" and CRA has already included that question in the 2016 T3010 under question C15 but it was not included in the 2015 T3010.
In the Cup Trust case there was an abusive scheme run by a charity and controlled by a trustee, Mountstar. The Mountstar trustee was replaced by an interim manager appointed to take over the affairs of the charity. The interim manager decided that they did not want to pursue litigation relating to a Gift Aid claim. The organizers of the scheme (Mountstar) wanted the charity to continue litigation and were prepared to pay for its costs. The High Court in the UK decided that charities should not be involved in speculative litigation and that it was acceptable for the interim manager to withdraw the Gift Aid claim.
The Charity Commission of England and Wales recently put out a notice entitled Charities encouraged to take part in Financial Action Task Force consultation on protecting charities against terrorist abuse.
The Hillborn Charity eNews just published the first part of our article Top fallacies about private foundations in Canada. It discusses numerous incorrect preconceptions that people have about private foundations.
The Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute 2016 will be held on Friday October 28, 2016 at Oakham House in Toronto. Agenda and registration information to follow.