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February 01, 2011

Debate between Dan Pallotta, Ken Berger (Charity Navigator) and Bob Ottenhoff (Guidestar)

Here is debate organized by Network For Good involving author and fundraising consultant Dan Pallotta, Ken Berger (Charity Navigator) and Bob Ottenhoff (Guidestar).

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February 01, 2011

Governance Primer for Charity Boards - presentation to Peel Leadership Centre and Volunteer MBC

Here is an upcoming presentation I will be delivering entitled “Governance Primer for Charity Boards” for Volunteer MBC (Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon)) and the Peel Leadership Centre on February 15, 2011.

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February 01, 2011

A + B = C - Actions and Behaviors lead to Consequences - Do No Harm Project

Here is a nice simplification of the Do No Harm model.  You can read about it at http://www.cdainc.com/cdawww/pdf/issue/dnh_abcspaper_2011_Pdf.pdf

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Topics: News | Global Giving

February 01, 2011

Brampton tax preparer guilty of tax fraud scheme involving charitable donation receipts

Be careful of tax preparers offering inflated charitable donation receipts.  “The CRA reminds Canadians to not be fooled by tax preparers offering larger refunds than other preparers. While most preparers provide excellent service to tax filers, a few unscrupulous return preparers file false and fraudulent tax returns and ultimately defraud their clients. Remember that even if someone else prepares your tax return, you’re the one responsible for all the information on the return. If a tax preparer is offering you fraudulent tax preparation services, or if you want to report a tax cheater, you can do so anonymously by calling the CRA at 1-866-809-6841 (toll free).”

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February 01, 2011

Toronto tax preparer gets house arrest, forced to pay restitution of $824,971 for charity tax fraud

CRA is cracking down on tax preparers who prepare fraudulent donation receipts.  Here is an example of a recent press release from the CRA.

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January 31, 2011

Corporations Canada free information session on the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act - TO

Are you a Federal non-profit corporation currently under the Canada Corporations Act?.  If so in the next 3 years after the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act comes into force will have to continue/transition to the new Act.  Corporations Canada will be holding an information session on the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) in Toronto and you may find it very useful. The information is below:

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January 25, 2011

CRA updates plain language material on disbursement quota for Canadian charities

The Charities Directorate of the CRA has updated various pages dealing with registered charity disbursement quota obligations.  See the Charities Directorate’s What’s New page at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/whtsnw/menu-eng.html

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January 18, 2011

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Law List - January 2011

Here is the January 2011 Blumbergs Canadian Charity Law List.

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January 18, 2011

CRA revokes Operation Save Canada’s Teenagers and Revival Time Ministries International

The CRA has revoked the registration of Operation Save Canada’s Teenagers and Revival Time Ministries International as a charity.  Here are copies of the actual CRA letters to the two registered charities:

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January 18, 2011

Finance Canada has just posted the Tax Expenditure Reports and Evaluations for 2010

Finance Canada has just posted the Tax Expenditure Reports and Evaluations which has information on estimates and projections of the cost of certain tax deductions and credits including the charitable donation tax credit (personal) and the charitable donation deduction (corporate).

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Topics: News

January 17, 2011

T3010-1 and Guide now available on the CRA website

A new Form T3010-1, Registered Charity Information Return, and amended Guide T4033-1, Completing the Registered Charity Information Return, are now available online at the CRA site. Charities with fiscal periods ending on or after March 4, 2010, that have not already filed, should use the new form. The form and guide were updated because of amendments to the Income Tax Act.

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January 11, 2011

InterAction Launches Aid Buzz Blog

InterAction is the “largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people.” They have just launched a blog.  It will be interesting to see the information and discussions that take place.

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January 10, 2011

New CRA webinars on T3010, Activities outside of Canada and Political Activities

The Charities Directorate has announced it will be presenting the following topics for 2011: February 2: T3010-1: Line by Line Review; February 23: Activities Outside Canada; March 16: Political Activities

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January 10, 2011

New T4033-1 Completing the Registered Charity Information Return released by CRA

Here is a copy of the new CRA Guide T4033-1 Completing the Registered Charity Information Return.  This guide will help Canadian registered charities complete the T3010-1 Registered Charity Information Return.

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January 06, 2011

Charity Navigator to revamp rating system to emphasize transparency and accountability

The US organization Charity Navigator is in the process of revamping its rating system of charities to provide more information and weight to the issues of accountability and transparency.  Although Charity Navigator does not rate Canadian charities, the issue of transparency and accountability is as big here as in the US and Canadian charities should ensure that they are improving in this area.

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January 05, 2011

Ontario The Public Sector Compensation Restraint Board is now operational with website

We have blogged on the Public Sector Compensation Restraint to Protect Public Services Act, 2010 which was announced in the Ontario budget.  Well it appears that the Public Sector Compensation Restraint Board is now in place and has a website and has a new Chair.

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January 05, 2011

Charity Transparency improved in Israel With Launch Of GuideStar Israel - search in 3 languages

GuideStar Israel is being beta tested.  It will provide a combination of government and NPO information on non-profits in Israel.  It is only a beta test but it is an important step forward for donors and those interested in the non-profit sector in Israel.  There are obviously gaps that hopefully will be filled by the organizations themselves.

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January 04, 2011

Ten Reasons your Canadian Charity Should File its T3010 on Time

January 03, 2011

We get the charity regulation we fund - Jack Siegel’s comment on US charity regulation

Here is an interesting note dealing with US charity regulation and how less charity regulation and oversight can result in greater misuse of charities by admittedly a small number of people.

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December 31, 2010

CRA releases T3010-1 Registered Charity Information Return today -champagne will be popping tonight!

Here is the T3010-1 Registered Charity Information Return which replaces the T3010B for charities with fiscal year ends on or after December 1, 2010. [ed. CRA has subsequently said the T3010-1 can be used for fiscal year ends after March 4, 2010]

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December 29, 2010

The Nonprofit Technology Gap – Myth or Reality?  from Johns Hopkins University

Here is an interesting 20 page study on The Nonprofit Technology Gap – Myth or Reality?  from Johns Hopkins University.  Non-profits are certainly using technology [“The vast majority of all organizations (98 percent) reported using information technologies for program/service delivery;] but there are many challenges including training and funds.  Non-profits would use more technology if they could.

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December 28, 2010

Ontario Bar Association Institute 2011 Charity Corporate Changes and Avoiding Compliance Problems

I am co-chairing this Ontario Bar Association program for the Charity and Not-For-Profit Law section at the OBA’s Institute 2011.  The OBA Institute is the largest continuing legal event in Ontario.  Lawyers may find this program helpful if they are interested in the new Ontario non-profit corporate legislation, the new federal Canada not for profit corporations act, avoiding problems with issuing receipts and class action lawsuits dealing with abusive charity gifting schemes.

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December 27, 2010

Imagine Canada’s Guide to Giving - has some interesting questions and answers for donors

Imagine Canada has released a “Guide to Giving”.  In addition to discussing “What should I look for before giving to a charity?” it also discusses “How can I find out how much a charity spends on fundraising? Is this regulated?”, “How much does Imagine Canada recommend a charity spend on fundraising? How can I be certain that a charity’s fundraising costs are reasonable?”, “What are outside fundraisers? Should charities use them?”, “Why do charities spend money on administrative costs or overhead?”, and “How can I find out more about charity salaries?”.

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December 23, 2010

Is the African Development Bank a prescribed international organization under Income Tax Act Canada

Topics: News

December 23, 2010

“Warning: If you donate to a gifting tax shelter, expect to be audited” - Tax Alert from CRA

The Canada Revenue Agency has issued a “Tax Alert” entitled “Warning: If you donate to a gifting tax shelter, expect to be audited.”  I know that the Tax Alert came out December 23, 2010 but if you are considering investing in one of these schemes consider that CRA’s warning is about the closest thing to a Christmas present you are ever going to get from CRA!  After all they will have just saved you ten years of legal fees, emotional distress, and payment of the foregone taxes plus penalties and interest that can in the end be so staggering that you go bankrupt.  That must be worth something.  In case you did not understand the title I will try to translate it to my version of Canadian pig Latin:  “Warningeh: Ifeh youeh donateh toeh giftingeh taxeh shelterey, expecteh toeh be’eh problemeh.”  For those pig Latin purists, who I know will bombard me with comments along with the promoters of these schemes, here is the proper Pig Latin translation “Arningway ifway youway onateday otay away iftinggay axtay eltershay expectway otay ebay auditedway”.  These schemes don’t make sense in any language!

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