November 18, 2014

DFATD Call for proposals for $370 in funding for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Groups interested in international development and humanitarian assistance may want to review the new call for proposals from the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD).  

For details on the funding see: Partnerships for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: Call for Proposals

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October 28, 2014

Blumbergs’ Ontario Charity Sector Snapshot 2012

Here is the Blumbergs' Ontario Charity Sector Snapshot 2012.   For those who are interested in the size and scope of the Ontario registered charity sector you may find it interesting.   We have taken a subset of the 2012 T3010 data to look at only registered charities based in Ontario.

April 27, 2014

Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Alberta Charity Sector 2012

We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2012 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project.   We have taken a subset of the 2012 T3010 data to look at only registered charities based in Alberta.    The data set was updated to January 2014.  Alberta has a very important charitable sector and this will shed a small amount of light on some of the numbers.   

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November 12, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan - Canadian charities respond to humanitarian crisis

The Humanitarian Coalition has launched an appeal for Typhoon Haiyan which has killed many people in the Philippines and left many homeless.  “The Humanitarian Coalition is a joint appeal mechanism. It is comprised of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children. With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, we bring together Canada’s leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crises. We work together to eliminate unnecessary competition, reduce the duplication of fundraising costs, and inform the public on humanitarian needs.” DFATD has announced a matching fund for donations for Typhoon Haiyan.  There are approximately 620,000 Canadians of Filipino descent in Canada.  Many of them regularly send funds back to family and friends as remittances.  Many will also respond to this typhoon by sending funds home.  While remittances are not a charitable donation and do not receive any tax support from the Canadian government, they can be tremendously beneficial.  In fact all Canadian international philanthropy is $3 billion per year, while remittances to developing countries are around $15 billion per year. I will discuss further below.

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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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October 23, 2013

Canadian Charities and CSR in the New DFATD World

Here is a presentation that I delivered to the Canada Southern Africa Chamber of Business’ 11th Risk Mitigation and & CSR Seminar entitled Canadian Charities and CSR in the New DFATD World

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March 21, 2013

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to amalgamate with Canadian DFAIT

The Federal Government has announced in the 2013 Federal Budget that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will be amalgamated with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) to form the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.  It will be interesting to see how this change will affect the Canadian governments international development work and its relationship with Canadian charities.

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Topics: News | Global Giving | CIDA

March 21, 2013

Canadian Federal Budget 2013 and its impact on charities

On March 21, 2013 at 4pm, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered the 2013 Canadian federal budget. There were a number of interesting proposals relating to charities.  Some of the highlights include a new temporary First-Time Donor’s Super Credit (FDSC) designed to encourage new donors to give to charity.  “The FDSC will increase the value of the federal Charitable Donations Tax Credit by 25 percentage points if neither the taxpayer nor their spouse has claimed the credit since 2007”  Flaherty has ignored many suggestions for increased tax incentives that would have been expensive and disproportionately benefitted the rich such as the elimination of capital gains on donations of land or private shares.

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August 10, 2012

Charities Directorate page on Sahel Crisis Matching Fund and responding to the disaster

The Charities Directorate of the CRA has posted a page on CIDA’s Sahel Crisis Matching Fund.

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August 07, 2012

Canadian government launches matching program for crisis in Sahel region in Western Africa

The Canadian government is launching a matching program for donations made by Canadians to organizations from August 7 - September 30, 2012.  CIDA notes: “An estimated 18.7 million people in the Sahel region in West Africa are affected by a food and nutrition crisis due to drought, sporadic rains, poor harvests, soaring food prices and widespread displacement. As a result, more than 1 million children under the age of five are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition. Canada, through CIDA, is helping to meet vital humanitarian needs in the Sahel, and as part of its efforts, has created the Sahel Crisis Matching Fund.  For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities, Canada will set aside one dollar for the Sahel Crisis Matching Fund. CIDA will allocate these funds to established Canadian and international humanitarian organizations for humanitarian assistance efforts that benefit the people most affected by the crisis.”  Organizations that receive a donation will not receive directly a matching amount but those organizations will advise CIDA of the funds collected and then CIDA will have a process to determine which organizations receive the funds.  Organizations that are interested in potentially applying for those funds should review CIDA’s “Guidelines for Emergency Humanitarian Assistance Project Proposals and Reports”.

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June 23, 2012

CIDA publishes “CIDA in Focus” annual report

On the heels of an OECD report on CIDA, CIDA has published the 4th annual CIDA’s Development for Results 2010–2011 report.

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Topics: News | Global Giving | CIDA

June 21, 2012

Major OECD report on Canadian foreign aid and CIDA

A recent OECD report discusses CIDA and Canada’s aid effort.  Canada receive some praise for certain initiatives but recommendations were made for improvements in other areas.  The report notes: “Canada’s aid programme stood at USD 5.3 billion in 2011 (0.31% of its national income), making it the eighth largest DAC member. Since 2007 Canada has achieved the challenging targets it set itself for its international assistance volumes; in the decade between 2001 and 2010 it managed to double its aid in nominal terms (i.e., the money of the day). The DAC commends Canada for this achievement. However, some of these gains are likely to be reversed, given that Canada’s ODA volume shrank by more than 5% in real terms (i.e., after removal of the effect of inflation) between 2010 and 2011 and is set to fall further in 2012. Canada still needs to draw up a timetable for achieving the international commitment of giving 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) as ODA.”

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Topics: News | Global Giving | CIDA

May 18, 2012

Transcript of testimony to Finance Committee on charity transparency, tax incentives and political

Here is the transcript from the Standing Committee on Finance on May 8, 2012.  6 witnesses, lots of questions.  I was one of the witnesses. 

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January 30, 2012

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law List - January 2012

Here is the Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law List - January 2012

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January 05, 2012

CIDA announces funding for 53 Canadian partnerships in international development - $142 million

Minister of International Cooperation, Bev Oda, announced on December 23, 2011 the results of the Call for Proposals process of the Partnerships with Canadian branch.  53 organizations received about $142 million in total commitments.

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June 04, 2011

CIVICUS WORLD ASSEMBLY in Montréal, September 10-12, 2011 - program updated and early bird extended

If you register before June 30, 2011 you get a 40% discount on your registration fee. CIVICUS is a great conference and it is in Montreal this year.

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March 26, 2011

Canadian Election 2011 - will there be an effect on Canadian registered charities

Like many Canadians I will be watching the election.  I will be blogging on whether there are implications for the charitable sector and whether any of the parties have anything particularly interesting to say about the charitable sector.  Also, a quick reminder to registered charities, that they cannot be involved with partisan political activities and there are restrictions on the scope and resources that registered charities can use on political activities.  Here is an article on legal requirements for Canadian charities wanting to conduct political activities in the 2011 Canadian Federal Election.

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December 21, 2010

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law List - December 2010

Here is a copy of the Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law List for December 2010.

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November 03, 2010

Copy of Mark’s Presentation on new CRA Foreign Activity Guidance

Here is a copy of a presentation I have given on CRA’s Foreign Activity Guidance.  It has been delivered in Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa over the last couple of months.  If groups are interested in trying to arrange such a presentation then let me know.

November 02, 2010

CIDA Call for Proposals (Muskoka Initiative Partnership Program)

Here is information from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Partnerships with Canadians Branch (PWCB) on a new $75 million “call for projects over $500,000 to take a comprehensive and integrated approach to address maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), under its Partners for Development Program.”

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Topics: News | CIDA

October 25, 2010

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Law List - October 2010

Here is a copy of the Blumbergs Canadian Charity Law List newsletter for October 2010.

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October 25, 2010

Minister Oda unveils CIDA’s Sustainable Economic Growth Strategy

CIDA today released further information on its third and last priority theme:Sustainable Economic Growth.  CIDA had previously discussed food security and children and youth.

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Topics: News | CIDA

October 01, 2010

CIDA releases Report to Parliament on Canada’s Official Development Assistance 2009-2010

Here is CIDA’s “Report to Parliament on the Government of Canada’s Official Development Assistance 2009-2010”.  It is 47 pages long and provides some details on Canada’s official development assistance (ODA) or “foreign aid” activities.  This is the second report under the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act.$file/ODAAA-2009-2010_EN.pdf

October 01, 2010

October 3rd is final day for Pakistan flood matching

Here is a press release reminding Canadians that the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund matching period ends October 3

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September 28, 2010

Papers from Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation on CIDA

Those interested in CIDA may find these 4 papers from the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation interesting.  Here is a copy of the press release.

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Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.
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