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.
Here is an article on Top Canadian charity law compliance issues by Mark Blumberg. Hopefully it provides a good overview of the most common compliance issued for Canadian registered charities with an emphasis on concerns from the Charities Directorate of CRA.
Here is a new checklist from Blumbergs that will assist Canadian registered charities either interested or currently conducting foreign activities. It is called Canadian Charity Foreign Activity Legal Checklist - Working with Foreign Charities or Intermediaries 2017
Here is a Canadian Charity Legal Checklist by Mark Blumberg that some registered charities may find helpful.
Starting December 12, 2017, Corporations Canada will allow copies of documents filed under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA) to be purchased online. Copies of the documents can be ordered using Corporations Canada’s Online Filing Centre and orders will be processed within one business day. This will allow those in Federal non-profit organizations that are registered under the Federal CNCA to obtain documents on their organizations even more easily and efficiently than has been the case. It will also allow those interested in a particular Federal non-profit to obtain the same information.
The US House and Senate are looking at major changes to the tax code that could have a significant impact on US donors and whether they receive any tax incentives for their donations. Now, 1 in 3 US donors may get a tax incentive when they donate to charity; with the proposed changes, only 1 in 20 US donors will receive a tax incentive for their donations. A number of US charity umbrella groups have been lobbying hard to prevent certain changes. We will know shortly whether the charity sector will be blindsided or if last minute amendments will occur. There are lots of lessons here for Canada.
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. You can find out more information below. Space is limited and these programs are not offered regularly - so if you think they could be of assistance to your charity then sign up now. Learning about compliance requirements for charities through educational programs can save your charity lots of money on legal fees and avoid tremendous anxiety.