Toronto Star article “Federal audit raises concern that Canadian charity funded terror”

July 28, 2013 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: News, What's New from the Charities Directorate of CRA, Canadian Charity Law, Global Giving, Ethics and Canadian Charities

There was an article recently in the Toronto Star regarding a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audit of the Islamic Society of North America, a registered Canadian Charity.

Here is the article in the Toronto Star:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/07/25/star_investigation_federal_audit_raises_concern_that_canadian_charity_funded_terror.html

Also the article references a letter from CRA to the charity, which appears to have been given to the Star: 

http://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/static_images/IDF-complete-audit-letter.pdf

Based on the letter, the matter does not appear to be finalized.  The charity had an option to respond to the letter up until 30 days after May 28, 2013, and there is no clear indication whether the charity responded and what CRA’s response will be. 

The article raises serious concerns about the governance of a large charity that spends funds outside of Canada.  Allegations of poor governance and “founders syndrome” can be bad for the charity and bad for the founder.

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