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.
On the CRA database it has become apparent that CRA has recently revoked the charitable status of two religious organizations that conduct significant foreign activities. We have put in a request to CRA for information on why they were revoked. Unfortunately under the current rules even if CRA is aware of a problem with a charity it can only advise the public AFTER formal revocation has taken place. So the details available at this point are very sparse.
Here is an article that I wrote for the Ontario Hospital Association entitled Seven Key Tasks of Hospital Foundation Boards.
Many people know that CRA has a publicly accessible database of Canadian registered charities. They may also be aware, that if you are in the database, you are registered charity. There are many benefits of being a registered charity including the ability to issue official donation receipts and to receive gifts from other registered charities. But, did you know that there are approximately 38,299 former registered charities that you can search as well? Some of these former charities have lost their charitable status for non-filing or even voluntarily requesting the loss of status. The status of others were revoked for significant transgressions, such as issuing $600m in questionable receipts! There is quite a continuum here. Everything from absolutely no problem but the volunteers are tired to high questionable conduct.
Carleton University has a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL). They do some very interesting programs relating to the non-profit and charity sector. On April 28, 2017 they will be holding a one day program entitled The Future of Charity Regulation: Lessons from International Experience. You can find out more information here.
Here is an interesting article from the NPQ entitled "Wallace Global Fund Fires Law Firm for Aiding Trump’s “Ethical Carnage”. It discusses how a large US charity has decided to sever a long term relationship with a major US law firm because they represent Donald Trump and blessed the highly questionable trust arrangement that Donald Trump is using to ostensibly avoid conflicts of interest while he is President of the US.