Here is the Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law List - January 2012
Here is the Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law List - January 2012
StatsCan recently published some statistics on charitable giving. They noted “Canadian taxfilers reported making charitable donations of just under $8.3 billion in 2010, up 6.5% from 2009. At the same time, the number of donors increased 2.2% to just over 5.7 million. Data are based on income tax returns filed for 2010.” That is a bit of a good news story and shows that many Canadians who have jobs feels quite lucky and are generally digging into their pockets more. What is interesting and not discussed by StatsCan is that Canadian charities according to their T3010 filings issued about $13 billion in donation receipts. Why then almost a 5 billion dollars difference between the T3010 filings and the personal income tax returns? Many Canadians gave under $200 and did not claim any amount on their return. Some donations came from corporations and not personal taxfilers. Also maybe some who gave over $200 did not keep their receipts or did not think it was important to file them. Perhaps the tax benefits of donating to registered charities are less important to some than to others.
There are a couple of interesting websites which allow much easier searching of information from the T3010 databases. One is CharityFocus.ca (discussed at http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca/index.php/blog/comments/charity_focus_from_imagine_canada_-_a_helpful_tool_to_analyze_canadian_char/ ). Another interesting website is www.opencharity.ca Opencharity.ca allows for visitors to search not only by charity name but also directors name.
Imagine Canada will be officially launching its Charity Focus website soon. You can review the website at http://www.charityfocus.ca/
There has been a little political firestorm last week over US foundations funding of certain Canadian environmental charities. So how much revenue actually comes to Canada from foreign countries including the US? The answer seems to be about $831 million. That is from Line 4575 “Total revenue received from all sources outside Canada”. If you are interested in who got what then read on.
Here are the CRA’s “Program areas and field codes” for the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return and the TF725 Registered Charity Basic Information Sheet (BIS). These codes are needed when you are completing the T3010. As well they are useful if you are searching T3010 data to fine tune the areas of charitable work.
Here is a copy of the Blumbergs Canadian Charity Law List - October 2011. To sign up and receive monthly updates go to http://www.canadiancharitylaw.ca/index.php/pages/subscribe/
The Charities Directorate has recently released information obtained from the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return. It paints an interesting portrait of the charitable sector.
In 2009, according to the CRA and its T3010 data, Canadian charities spent 2.9 billion outside of Canada.
According to CRA for 2010 there were claims on abusive charity gifting tax schemes of over $320 million. While a lot better than the 2006 numbers of 1.3 billion - it is still a significant problem.
Here is some information from the Charities Directorate on statistics for the Charities Directorate website
The Charities Directorate released “Charities Connection No. 4 – September 2010”. In addition to having some very interesting statistics on the Charities Directorate it also covers educational programs for charities and donor as well as new pages on revocation.
It is good to see that in 2009 the problem of abusive charity gifting tax shelters has been further reduced. Here are the statistics from CRA:
Did you know that there are a number of Canadian charities with over 10,000 employees? These statistics are according to the 2008 T3010 Registered Charity Information Return numbers from the Canada Revenue Agency. There are 241 who have over a thousand employees. There are 1277 who have over a hundred employees. There are 7456 who have over 10 employees. There are 36,836 charities have one or more employees.
The US-based Hudson Institute has released its 2010 Index of Global Philanthropy and Remittances. It contains lots of statistics about official development assistance (ODA), international philanthropy and remittances. On the plus side if you add ODA, international philanthropy and remittances together Canada scores second to Sweden in terms of overall GDP spent, with Canada spending 1.26% of GDP. “Canada jumps from fifteenth to second place, mainly as a result of the large remittance outflows from Canada to developing countries, which alone make up .83% of Canada’s G.N.I. [Gross National Income]” (see page 15 of the report)
Cathy Hawara, Acting Director General of the Charities Directorate, delivered a presentation on April 30, 2010 and during that presentation she provided some interesting statistics on registered charities. I always knew that the Federal and Provincial governments are the largest source of revenue for the sector but the thing that jumped out at me as staggering was that “the proportion of revenue coming from government has increased from 54% to 67% of the sector’s total between 2000 and 2008.”:
In Cathy Hawara’s presentation to the Canadian Bar Association on April 30, 2010 in slide 15 she notes the most up to date statistics on charitable gifting tax shelters. “The scope of the problem is significant; the CRA estimates that since 2003 there has been approximately: 172,300 participants, $5.4 billion in claimed donations. The Charities Directorate has revoked 35 charities and RCAAAs for participating in tax shelter schemes. 2006 to 2009 saw participation drop by 80% to 10,800 individuals and the amount of “donations” drop by 76% to $284 million.”
According to the IRS in the US there are 1,238,201 organizations called 501(c)(3)s which are similar to our “registered charities”. We often hear in Canada that we have too many registered charities at 85,300 - so how do you think the Americans feel! In the US last year they approved 42,484 new 501(c)(3) organizations.
According to Statistics Canada total charitable donations in 2007 were $8,648,660,000 ($8.6Billion) and in 2008 $8,189,280,000 ($8.1B). I am not great at math but that seems to indicate a drop of about $450 million dollars. That is only part of the story.
I am compiling a list of statistics relating to Canadian charites.
Here are the 2008/2009 web statistics for the English part of the CRA website sorted by most visited pages.
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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.