Canadian Charity Statistics

April 02, 2014

Statistics Canada’s “Note to readers” on charitable giving is more important than the numbers

I have stopped caring about the numbers from Stats Can on charitable giving because they are so out of whack with reality.   I think that the note to reader is more important than the numbers.   If you would believe the Stats Can version of events Canadians are giving less.   In 2011 they gave $8.5 billion and in 2012 they gave $8.3 billion which is a decline of 1.9% according to Stats Can.   

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March 19, 2014

List of Ontario Non-Profit Corporations finally revealed for the first time

Here is a list of the Ontario non-profit corporations under the Ontario Corporations Act.  There are 59,605 Ontario corporations on the list.  The list is 1084 pages long.  Some of the Ontario corporations are active and some are inactive.  We think that it is important for organizations to be able to have a public list so that they can easily determine whether or not they are an Ontario corporation.  

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February 27, 2014

Applying for registration and your chances of success

Here are some interesting numbers from the Charities Directorate.  4,456 applications and 2060 of them are registered/reregistered.  Most applications are either returned for incomplete information, denied, withdrawn or abandoned.  It just reiterates the importance of carefully preparing any charity application and understanding the Income Tax Act requirements for charities and CRA’s guidance and expectations.

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February 27, 2014

Important update from the Charities Directorate’s Director General Cathy Hawara

The Charities Directorate just posted an important message which provides an update on the Charities Directorate activities.  There is discussion of technology, guidances, CNCA, compliance activities but most importantly extensive discussion of political activities.

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February 22, 2014

CRA “Non-Profit Organization Risk Identification Project Report” released

The CRA has just released its Non-Profit Organization Risk Identification Project Report.  The relatively short report makes for interesting reading.  It deals with the 80,000 or so non-profits that are not registered charities.  This will have an impact on groups involved with amateur athletics, business associations, social clubs etc.  The report discusses the requirements for these type of entities and how there is some minor and also serious non-compliance with those current requirements.  The 2014 Federal Budget had promised a review of these type of non-profits and the release of this report is one piece of that discussion.

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February 09, 2014

Who are the Canadian environmental charities?

We recently reviewed the T3010 information for 2012 to see how many charities identify themselves as doing work that relates to the environment.  When we reviewed the T3010 about 1150 registered charities identify themselves as carrying on some work in one of three environmental areas. 

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January 27, 2014

Which Canadian Registered Charities Received the Most Money from Municipal Governments in 2012?

We recently reviewed the T3010 information for 2012.  We looked at government funding and specifically which Canadian registered charities received the most funds from municipal governments. Please review my caveats at the end about the reliability and usage of T3010 information.

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November 10, 2013

Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Ontario Charity Sector 2011

We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2011 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project.  We provided an overview of the whole charity sector in the Blumbergs’ Charity Sector Snapshot 2011.  We have taken a subset of the 2011 T3010 data to look at only registered charities based in Ontario.  This article provides a snapshot of the registered charity sector in Ontario based on the 2011 T3010 filings.  Here is a PDF of the Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Ontario Charity Sector 2011.

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September 21, 2013

Ontario government releases “Profile of Ontario Not-for-Profit and Charitable Organizations”

The Ontario government has released a report “Profile of Ontario Not-for-Profit and Charitable Organizations” based on some telephone and internet polling.

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June 29, 2013

A caution on using charity financial data

The US National Centre for Charitable Statistics has some good cautions on the use of US data Form 990 data that I recently noted.  Similar issues apply here in Canada with the T3010 so I have reproduced the sections below.

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June 10, 2013

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2010 -a little more perspective on the sector

In March 2013 we published the “Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2011”.  Now here is Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot for 2010 which will allow those who are interested to compare the 2010 and 2011 snapshots.

June 02, 2013

Community Foundations of Canada 2013 Conference in Winnipeg -some interesting stats

The CFC 2013 Conference will be held in Winnipeg.  I will be delivering a presentation on dealing with non-qualified donees.  In honour of the conference and as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project we have prepared some statistical information on the community foundation sector in Canada.  Community Foundations in 2011 had $3.1 billion in assets ($3,128,321,435.00) and revenue of $338,109,753 and expenditures of $199,872,591.00.  In total they are spending about 6.4 percent of assets on charitable and other expenditures.

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May 10, 2013

Charities Program Update from Cathy Hawara, Director General of the Charities Directorate

The Charities Directorate is launching a new Charities Program Update bulletin.  It will be sent to the 23,000 subscribers to the Charities Directorate email list. Lots of interesting information and statistics are contained in the Update.

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March 10, 2013

Statistics Canada has released further information on Canadian donors for 2011

Statistics Canada has recently released donor information for 2011.  Every year Stats Can puts out this information and people write about it.  Stats Can notes:  “Charitable donations reported by taxfilers increased 2.6% from 2010 to just under $8.5 billion in 2011. At the same time, the number of people reporting charitable donations on their 2011 income tax return decreased by 0.6% to 5.7 million.”  Looking at what tax filers claim as the basis for charitable donations is problematic on a number of levels and the “Note to Reader” is completely inadequate and getting worse.  You have about $300 million dollars per year are now claimed as part of abusive gifting tax schemes in which almost none goes to charity.  Furthermore,  Canadians often give to charity in circumstances in which receipts are not issued.  As well, not all Canadians who receive receipts use them on their tax filing.  Canadian charities in 2011 issued approximately $13 billion in receipts and only $8.5 billion were claimed on tax returns.

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March 06, 2013

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2011 -understanding the charity sector through the T3010

We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2011 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project.  The database covers 82,000 of the 86,000 registered charities in Canada that had filed their T3010 and were processed into CRA’s Charity Listing database by November 2012.  This article provides a snapshot of the registered charity sector based on the 2011 T3010 filings.

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February 14, 2013

CRA publishes new web page on “How to get information about a charity”

The Charities Directorate has just published a new page which sets out how members of the public can obtain information about registered charities.

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February 09, 2013

Chronicle of Philanthropy article “Congress Urged to Require Charities to File 990s Online”

Here is an important article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy outlining an initiative to try and have charities electronically file their annual returns in the US and have this information more easily accessible online at no charge.  Although Canadian charities cannot file their T3010s online they are put online by CRA and available in electronic format for anyone to search at no charge.

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February 02, 2013

Blumbergs Financial Snapshot of the Canadian charity sector 2011

The T3010 is a great resource on the Canadian charity sector.  We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2011 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project.  The database covers 82,848 of the approximately 86,000 registered charities that had filed their T3010 and were processed into the CRA’s Charity Listing database by November 2012. Canadian registered charities are currently required to disclose on the T3010 in Section D or Schedule 6 certain financial information on assets and liabilities, as well as revenue and expenditures.  We thought it would be interesting to look at the total financial figures for all the Canadian registered charities.  They are presented as both excel format and also inserted into the T3010 itself at the end.  The Canadian charity sector is a vital part of Canadian society and economy.  As you can see from this article it has revenue of over $212 billion and expenditures of over $205 billion.

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January 16, 2013

How many registered charities are there in Canada?

I took a look at the CRA website and here are the numbers of Canadian registered charities.

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December 11, 2012

Canadian Private Foundations – Who had the largest total expenditures

We recently reviewed the private foundations contained on the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return for 2011. In this case we looked at the approximately 500 private foundations on the database who had the greatest total expenditures according to their T3010 filings.  There are some interesting surprises on the list.

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December 04, 2012

Which Canadian Charities Spent Money on “political activities” and how much did they spend

We recently reviewed the T3010 information for 2011.  The database was prepared by the Charities Directorate of CRA in September 2012 and covers about 81,000 charities (94% of Canadian registered charities) and their 2011 T3010 returns. 
Canadian registered charities are currently required to disclose on the T3010 “Did the Charity Carry on Political Activities During the Fiscal Year?” (line 2400) and “Enter the Total Amount spent by the Charity on these activities” (line 5000)
Please review my caveats at the end about the reliability and usage of T3010 information.

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November 21, 2012

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute - corporate law, CRA compliance and more

On November 28, 2012 we will be having the Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute in Toronto. It will be a full day of practical legal and ethical compliance information geared toward charities, professional advisors and those interested in regulatory issues affecting charities.
Delighted to have 120 registrants so far for the program. 

Some of the highlights include:

•head of the Determinations Division of the Charities Directorate of CRA, which determines whether charitable applications will be accepted, will talk about issues with applying for charitable status;
•lawyers from the Ontario government will discuss progress and issues with the new Ontario Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA);
•a representative of Corporations Canada of Industry Canada will provide a short primer on the Canada Not-for-profit Corporation Act (CNCA) and transition requirements as well as deficiencies with the applications that Industry Canada is receiving and common questions asked by practitioners. 
•a top corporate lawyer will focus on lessons learned, issues and challenges with the CNCA and what to expect with the ONCA;
•hearing directly from CRA about changes relating to political activities of Canadian charities, other policy developments and upcoming guidances;
•discussion of major challenges with receipting and unacceptable donor restrictions;
•recent changes in transparency and availability of charity information from a transparency expert;
•update from Mark Blumberg on the charity sector, recent developments and the ongoing political processes in Ottawa affecting charities and donors;
•and much more.

Here is a link to the information and registration page: http://charitylaw.eventbrite.com

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November 01, 2012

Some questions to add to the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return

One day CRA will look at revising the T3010.  Here are some suggestions for additional questions that they may want to ask.

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October 15, 2012

“From Stories to Evidence: How Mining Data Can Promote Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector”

Here is a great article entitled “From Stories to Evidence: How Mining Data Can Promote Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector”. Michael Lenczner and Susan Phillips discuss the importance of the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return data and its uses in encouraging innovation in the non-profit sector.  The T3010 information is a real gem and hopefully more people will use this very important resource.

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October 14, 2012

Which Canadian charities have the largest amount of long term investments?

According to the T3010 for 2010 the total long term investments of Canadian registered charities (captured in line 4140) is $14.7 Billion.  This is only long term investments and does not include cash, inventory, land and buildings etc.  Keep in mind the many caveats with T3010 information including that it is provided by the charity and not verified by CRA.

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