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June 24, 2016

Lack of transparency continues when the Canadian government makes a gift to a foreign charity

On the CRA website there is a list of foreign charities that received a gift from the Canadian government.  CRA has just released a new Guidance CG - 023 Qualified donee: Foreign charities that have received a gift from Her Majesty in right of Canada which discusses how foreign charities are placed on the list.

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May 28, 2016

Recent Changes to the Regulation of Charitable Activities in China

Blumbergs and the OCIC will be hosting a program on June 21, 2016 entitled "Recent Changes to the Regulation of Charitable Activities in China that will affect Chinese and Canadian charities".  You can register here.  It will feature Prof. Mark Sidel, Consultant for Asia at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Mark Sidel has worked on nonprofit and philanthropic regulatory developments in China for nearly thirty years, and has worked in China for more than four decades. He will outline these recent developments, discuss their implications, and answer questions.

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May 26, 2016

CRA letter on donation of capital property and donation receipt

CRA recently released a letter which discusses whether an official receipt issued for property donated in kind can include an amount less than the fair market value of the property.  CRA cited section 3501 of the Income Tax Act (Canada) Regulations to confirm that an official donation receipt should include the amount of the fair market value or the deemed fair market value of the property, in certain circumstances.  

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May 25, 2016

Total revenue received from all sources outside Canada by Canadian Registered Charities in 2014

Here is our article "Total revenue received from all sources outside Canada by Canadian Registered Charities in 2014".  It provides a list of Canadian charities that received foreign income in their 2014 fiscal year.  Foreign income for Canadian charities has risen to $1.8 billion - making it an important and growing source of revenue for Canadian charities.  

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May 18, 2016

CRA information on assisting people and charities impacted by the wildfires in Alberta

The Canada Revenue Agency ('CRA') recently published a Question and Answer piece on its website which provides information on providing assistance to people impacted by the wildfires in Alberta and information for registered charities that may have been impacted by the wildfires or would like to provide assistance.  Here is the CRA link: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/whtsnw/frtmcmrry-qstns-nswrs-eng.html?utm_source=charities&utm_medium=eml

May 06, 2016

Charity Commission reports on funding non-charities by Joseph Rowntree Trust and Roddick Foundation

The Charity Commission of England and Wales has  released two very interesting regulatory case reports including the Regulatory Case Report -  The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust  and Regulatory Case Report -The Roddick Foundation.  These reports are interesting in that they discuss grants from UK charities to non-charities and the necessary steps a charity should take to ensure that their funds are appropriately used.

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May 03, 2016

Top Fallacies about Private Foundations in Canada

Here is a recent article written by Mark Blumberg, Kate Robertson and Lynn Gluckman of Blumberg Segal LLP on the Top Fallacies about private foundations in Canada.  The article discusses incorrect misconceptions that many people have about private foundations.  This article was also published as a two-part series by the Hillborn Charity eNews on April 19th, 2016 and April 26, 2016.   

April 27, 2016

Top Fallacies about Private Foundations in Canada - Part two

The Hillborn Charity eNews just published the second part of our article Top fallacies about private foundations in Canada.  It discusses numerous incorrect preconceptions that people have about private foundations.  

April 25, 2016

High Court rules Cup Trust Gift Aid claim can be withdrawn

In the Cup Trust case there was an abusive scheme run by a charity and controlled by a trustee, Mountstar.  The Mountstar trustee was replaced by an interim manager appointed to take over the affairs of the charity.  The interim manager decided that they did not want to pursue litigation relating to a Gift Aid claim.  The organizers of the scheme (Mountstar) wanted the charity to continue litigation and were prepared to pay for its costs.  The High Court in the UK decided that charities should not be involved in speculative litigation and that it was acceptable for the interim manager to withdraw the Gift Aid claim.  

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April 23, 2016

Financial Action Task Force consultation on Recommendation 8 and preventing NPO terrorist abuse

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April 23, 2016

Top fallacies about private foundations in Canada – Part one

The Hillborn Charity eNews just published the first part of our article Top fallacies about private foundations in Canada.  It discusses numerous incorrect preconceptions that people have about private foundations.  

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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March 26, 2016

Largest Gifts from Canadian Charities to Foreign Qualified Donees for 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 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 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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February 24, 2016

Sign up to our informative and complimentary charity law newsletter

Every month or so we send out a newsletter with highlights of developments over the last month affecting non-profits and charities.   It is a useful tool to keep your organization, your staff and board members up-to-date on developments affecting non-profits and charities and special offers from our firm.  Here is a link to sign up to the Blumbergs' Charity Law Newsletter.   Also if you are on Twitter you can follow @canadiancharity for additional updates.

February 12, 2016

National Post - ‘Can I get a tax receipt?’: Tax confusion muddles Syrian refugee sponsorship efforts

On February 11, 2016, the National Post had an article entitled "‘Can I get a tax receipt?’: Tax confusion muddles Syrian refugee sponsorship efforts".  The article discusses some of the complexity around the current receipting rules and how they have created confusion for registered charities in certain cases when fundraising for Syrian refugees in Canada.  The National Post references a proposal that I have made to provide greater clarity to the rules.

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January 28, 2016

Canadian Charities Helping Syrian Refugees - some legal considerations

Here is an article "Canadian Charities Helping Syrian Refugees".  It may be helpful for some charities that wish to get involved in the Syria Crisis.

January 25, 2016

CRA adds guidance on “Assisting people affected by the conflict in Syria”

Many Canadian charities and donors wish to assist Syrian refugees and those affected by the conflict.  CRA has just released guidance to assist donors and charities understand their legal obligations.

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January 19, 2016

Charity Village webinar “Top 20 Compliance Issues for Canadian Charities”

I will be presenting a webinar for Charity Village on January 28, 2016 on Top 20 Compliance Issues for Canadian Charities.

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January 17, 2016

Burkina Faso terrorist attack kills 6 Canadian volunteers on charity trip to build school

In a terrible incident 6 Canadian volunteers working with a Quebec based charity were killed in a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso.  The Canadian volunteers were there to build a school.  Apparently at least 28 people from 18 different countries were killed in the terrorist attack.  According to CBC, 4 of the volunteers were from the same family and the charity that they were volunteering with is Congrégation des sœurs de Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours.

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January 10, 2016

Which Canadian charities spent the most outside of Canada in 2013

December 12, 2015

Some thoughts on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and CBC’s The Exchange

I had the pleasure of being on The Exchange on CBC on December 11, 2015 to discuss the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative ("CZI") with Bruce MacDonald, CEO of Imagine Canada.   You can watch the segment of The Agenda here (at approximately 18:35).

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November 26, 2015

Charity Commission faces further cuts as a result of budget “freeze”

The Charity Commission announced that its funding has been frozen until 2020.  The Charity Commission has already lost half of its budget over the last few years and with this freeze the budget is actually decreasing every year as a result of inflation.  The Conservative government in the UK has done a great job of undermining one of the most important charity regulators.  

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