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April 10, 2016

Opportunities for the Disabled Foundation v. The Queen (FCA) - charity revoked

The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from the Opportunities for the Disabled Foundation v. The Queen (FCA).

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April 08, 2016

Charities and non-profits may need to register in Alberta for charitable fundraising

Many non-profits and charities are not aware of the charitable fundraising regulations in Alberta. If a non-profit or charity is fundraising in Alberta and meets specific criteria under the Charitable Fundraising Act (the 'Act'), it may need to be registered. Generally, if a Canadian non-profit or charity intends to raise or raises more than $25,000 in Alberta from individuals in a financial year then the non-profit or charity would need to register under the Act.

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April 05, 2016

New extra-provincial registration requirements under the BC Societies Act

The new B.C. Societies Act (which is anticipated to come into force in November of 2016 and is replacing the old B.C. Society Act) has new requirements with respect to the registration of extra-provincial non-profit corporations. Under the previous legislation, extra-provincial registration was optional, however not being registered meant that the society could not maintain a proceeding in a court in B.C. in respect of any contracts made in B.C. and could also not acquire an interest in land in B.C.  

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April 03, 2016

Imagine Canada’s Charityfocus.ca to be discontinued

Imagine Canada has recently noted that their website www.charityfocus.ca will be shutdown.   Here is the short notice "As of April 8, 2016, Imagine Canada will retire Charity Focus and the T3010 QuickPrep. Information regarding the decision to retire these tools and what to do if you have an existing account or profile is available on the Imagine Canada website:http://www.imaginecanada.ca/resources-and-tools/charity-focus".

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April 03, 2016

Largest Gifts from Canadian Charities to all other Qualified Donees - 2011

April 03, 2016

Largest Gifts from Canadian Charities to all other Qualified Donees - 2012

April 03, 2016

Largest Gifts from Canadian Charities to all other Qualified Donees - 2013

April 03, 2016

Largest Gifts from Canadian Charities to all other Qualified Donees - 2014

March 30, 2016

CAGP Advanced Canadian Gift Planning Course in Toronto

The CAGP will be offering an Advanced Canadian Gift Planning Course in Toronto from June 1-3, 2016.

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March 26, 2016

Largest Gifts from Canadian Charities to Foreign Qualified Donees for 2014

March 23, 2016

Which Canadian charities received the most revenue from the Canadian Federal government in 2014?

Canadian registered charities received total revenue from the Canadian Federal governmen of about $6.8 Billion in 2014 which is the latest year for which complete statistics are available.  Here is the list of Which Canadian charities received the most revenue from Canadian Federal government in 2014?

March 23, 2016

Which Canadian charities received the most revenue from provincial governments in 2014?

The total revenue received by Canadian registered charities from various Canadian provincial governments in 2014 was over $150 Billion.  Here is a list of Which Canadian charities received the most revenue from provincial or territorial governments in 2014?

March 23, 2016

Which Canadian charities received the most revenue from municipal or regional governments in 2014?

Canadian registered charities received over $9 Billion from municipal or regional government in Canada in 2014.   Here is a lits of Which Canadian charities received the most revenue from municipal or regional governments in 2014?

March 23, 2016

Which Canadian charities spent money on foreign activities in 2014 and how much did they spend?

Canadian registered charities spent in 2014 over $3.1 Billion dollars outside of Canada by using employees, volunteers or intermediaries.  This figures does not include certain gifts to “qualified donees” that are prescribed universities or UN agencies which are further hundreds of millions.  Here is a list Which Canadian charities spent money on foreign activities in 2014 and how much did they spend?

March 23, 2016

Which Canadian charities had the largest assets in 2014?

Canadian registered charities identified on their T3010s that in 2014 their were about $373 Billion.  Here is a list of Which Canadian charities had the largest assets in 2014?

March 23, 2016

Which Canadian charities had the highest expenditures in 2014?

In 2014, Canadian registered charities had expenditures of about $235 Billion.   Here is a list of Which Canadian charities had the highest expenditures in 2014?

March 23, 2016

Which Canadian charities had the biggest revenue in 2014?

Canadian registered charities in 2014 had about $246 Billion in total revenue.  Here is a list of Which Canadian registered charities had the largest total revenue in 2014?

March 22, 2016

2016 Federal Budget and its impact on non-profits and charities

Today the new Liberal Government has delivered their first budget.  Here is our article 2016 Canadian Federal Budget - How will it affect the Canadian charitable sector?

March 21, 2016

“The Charity Defense Council & Wounded Warrior Project Connection: Follow the Money”

There was an interesting article by Ruth McCambridge and Michael Wyland of the Nonprofit Quarterly entitled "The Charity Defense Council & Wounded Warrior Project Connection: Follow the Money".  It discusses the concerns raised in the media about the US charity, the ultimate firing of two senior executives and the close relationship between the Charity Defense Council and the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Topics: News

March 20, 2016

Class action lawsuit against Gospel for Asia in US

The Hamilton Spectator has revealed that US charity with a branch in Canada is being sued as part of a class-action lawsuit.  The article entitled "Hamilton-based charity allegedly can’t account for over $90M in donations".  The subtitle is "There are allegations that Gospel for Asia Canada has been using donations to build a massive for-profit corporate empire, leaving some volunteers and donors shattered and demanding answers. The mission says the claims are unfounded."  None of the allegations have been proven in court.  

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March 18, 2016

GST/HST Ruling - application of GST/HST to charity event

The Excise and GST/HST Rulings Directorate of the CRA released a ruling in October 2015 which discusses the application of the Goods and Services Tax (GST)/Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) to a charity event.  

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March 16, 2016

Toronto Star article “Top court puts Humane Society of Canada on borrowed time” as SCC denies leave

March 16, 2016

CRA numbers comparing assets and revenues for 2013 to 2014 for the Charity Sector in Canada

We recently received some information from the Charities Directorate of CRA which shows the combined assets and revenues of the Canadian registered charity sector for 2013 and 2014.   Total assets of the sector in 2014 has increased to $372 billion compared to $351 billion in 2013.  Total revenue has increased to $246 billion compared to $237 billion in 2013.  Unfortunately all figures are in Canadian dollars!

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March 16, 2016

Recent FCA decision French v. Canada, 2016 FCA 64

In a recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal, French, it dealt with a technical issue of whether an argument should be struck, as it was by the Tax Court judge, "on the basis that it was doomed to fail" or there was not "a glimmer of a legal basis”.  The Federal Court of Appeal concluded in this case that "it is not plain and obvious that the impugned plea cannot succeed and that the appeal should accordingly be allowed."  It is a very high threshold for a party to have part of a pleading be struck and this did not meet that "no chance of success" line.   

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March 15, 2016

AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day 2016

I look forward to speaking at the AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day 2016 on May 18, 2016.  My topic will be "Top 20 Charity Law Issues for Canadian Registered Charities". 

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