We assist Canadian charities understand their legal and ethical obligations when operating charities in Canada or abroad and provide insights and information to non-Canadian charities interested in operating or fundraising in Canada.
The charitable sector in Canada has become highly competitive. There are over 86,000 Canadian registered charities. Donors, regulators, media, the public as well as other stakeholders, have increasingly high standards for charities and their operations. GlobalPhilanthropy.ca will assist non-profits and charities in Canada in trying to be transparent, legal, ethical and effective.
In a presentation to E&Y Gary Huenemoeder of the Charities Directorate provided certain updated audit statistics for 2016-2017 which shows the outcomes of the CRA's completed audits.
In this article "Top 68 CRA Reasons for Denying your Canadian Registered Charity Application" we have obtained from CRA a list of some of the most common and not so common reasons for CRA to be concerned with a charity application.
Understanding legal compliance for registered charities is not easy but Blumbergs is offering 3 exciting new upcoming events in 2018 that will help. We will have our Canadian Charity Law Bootcamp in April which provides a full day overview of charity law regulation. Then in June we will have a half-day Fundamentals of the T3010 and Transparency for Canadian charities. In September we will have the half-day Fundamentals of Receipting by Canadian charities. Inaccurately completing the T3010 and improperly issuing receipts are the two most common compliance concerns for registered charities and these educational programs are designed to help charity directors, staff, and volunteers to tackle these challenges.
CRA has just released the 2018 T3010 Registered Charity Information Return. The T3010 is a form that Canadian registered charities need to file each year within six months of their fiscal year-end. Failure to file the return can quickly result in revocation.
CRA recently released a short video on who is the true donor. These and other short videos are helpful for charities but nothing replaces real in person programs. Unfortunately, CRA has stopped their popular Charities Information Sessions (which were called "Road Shows") and CRA no longer funds registered charities under the CPOP program to provide compliance training to registered charities.
School boards can be registered charities. But school boards can also fit into another category of qualified donee that provides the ability to issue receipts with far less compliance obligations. CRA recently released a letter discussing whether school boards are public bodies that perform a function of government.