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April 15, 2016

Strengthening Foundation Governance: Current Issues, Challenges and Solutions

April 14, 2016

Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector 2014

We have just released the Blumbergs' Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector 2014 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project.  This is the fifth snapshot provided by Blumbergs of the Canadian charity sector. The database covers about 84,500 of the 86,000 registered charities in Canada that had filed their T3010 for the 2014 year and were processed into CRA’s Charity Listing database by February 2016. 

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April 12, 2016

Latest update on CNCA continuances and dissolutions from Corporations Canada

We recently contacted Corporations Canada regarding the updated statistics on continuances and dissolutions under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act ('CNCA').  Apparently in March there has been an increasing number of entities that have transitioned to the CNCA.  Here are the current figures: 

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April 12, 2016

NATOA Indigenous Trust and Investment Conference - Toronto

Brad Offman and Mark Blumberg will be presenting at the NATOA Indigenous Trust and Investment Conference on May 31, 2016 on the topic of "Philanthropy and Charitable Status for First Nations".

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April 11, 2016

The Non-Profit Organization Risk Identification Project (NPORIP) Report - finally released

In June 2014, which is almost 2 years ago, I put in a request to CRA to receive a copy of certain information on the Non-Profit Organization Risk Identification Project (NPORIP).  On April 11, 2016, I received over 220 pages of documents from CRA on the NPORIP.  The NPORIP was a major initiative by the Federal government to look at the approximately 80,000 -100,000 organizations that are non-profits but not registered charities.  As they say better late than never.   

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April 10, 2016

Does CRA provide reminders to Canadian registered charities to file their T3010 annual return?

The CRA provides numerous reminders to charities to file the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return.  There used to be 2000 Canadian charities that did not file their T3010 and were revoked for non-filing.  As a result of the vigilant system CRA has reduced the typical number of charities not filing their T3010 to approximately 600 per year. 

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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 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 23, 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 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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