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January 31, 2008

CRA’s 10 reasons why an application for Canadian charitable status will not be successful

The CRA recently posted their top ten list of why applications for charitable status will not be successful.  It was placed in a Consultation document entitled “Charitable Work and Ethnocultural Groups - Information on registering as a charity “.  As an aside the last time I saw a study on the difference between applications for charitable status that were accepted by CRA and those that were rejected the most important factor correlating with acceptance was use of a lawyer.  Although one does not need to use a lawyer, the process is anything but straightforward.  If one is going to use a lawyer it is important to use a lawyer who is knowledgeable about charity law and especially important if you plan on conducting activities outside of Canada that the lawyer be familiar with CRA requirements for Canadian charities operating abroad.  Just one little example they cite for denying an application “The application does not include any copy of an agreement with representatives who are supposed to help the organization to carry out its activities outside Canada.”  CRA expects when one files an application that references foreign activities to be carried out under a structured arrangement (agency, joint venture, cooperative partnership, contractor) that in fact the agreement be attached.  This comes as a surprise to some including experienced practitioners.  Also they don’t mean some nice looking agreement - they mean an agreement that complies with ALL the requirements in RC4106.  Some may see this as harsh - however, if an organization takes shortcuts and does not have the resources and advisors to put in an appropriate application for charitable status it is not difficult to imagine that some of those same people may take shortcuts later when the charity is operating.

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January 24, 2008

Review of Making a Difference in Africa - Advice from Experienced Grantmakers

This interesting book provides lots of insights into grantmaking in Africa.

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January 17, 2008

How much charitable giving actually supports the most needy?

How much charitable giving actually supports the most needy?

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January 12, 2008

International Charitable Activities: A Canadian Perspective

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January 04, 2008

Ethics and Canadian Charities that operate outside of Canada

Although the law, governance and ethics are closely intertwined there is little written about ethics of Canadian charities operating abroad. Here are some links that may be of assistance to Canadian charities that operate outside of Canada to understand some of the ethical issues that they may have to deal with.

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December 20, 2007

My Holiday Reading

I am going to read “Making a Difference in Africa: Advice from Experienced Grantmakers” by Rob Buchanan and Jayne Booker.  If I have time I will be looking at “Taking Philanthropy Seriously: Beyond Noble Intentions to Responsible Giving” edited by William Damon and Susan Verducci.

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December 05, 2007

Good intentions not enough with global philanthropy

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December 04, 2007

Toronto Star article “Half of GTA foreign-born”

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November 29, 2007

CRA Issues Notice of Suspension to International Charity Association Network

November 28, 2007

Press Release for GlobalPhilanthropy.ca

Don’t Laugh - here is a press release for the launch of GlobalPhilanthropy.ca!

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November 28, 2007

Planned Giving in a Global World - CAGP National Conference in Vancouver- April 2008

I will be in Vancouver talking about “Planned Giving in a Global World” in April 2008 at the CAGP annual conference.

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November 27, 2007

Resources and Links for Canadian Charities conducting Foreign Activities

Here are some handy resources and links for Canadian Charities conducting activities outside of Canada. 

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November 26, 2007

Seymour Schulich and Philanthropy Quotes

I have included some interesting quotes on philanthropy from Seymour Shulich, a prominent Toronto businessperson and philanthropist, who recently gave $20 million to the Technion in Israel, including “I learned from a prominent Torontonian that money is like fertilizer: If you pile it up, it stinks, and if you spread it around, you can grow some beautiful things.”

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November 23, 2007

Thanks to The Wire

Thank you Jon and Gabriela for setting up this website in two days.

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November 23, 2007

Recent Globe & Mail article on compliance problems with Canadian disaster relief charities

The Globe & Mail recently wrote about Canada Revenue Agency audits of Canadian charities involved in disaster relief including the tsunami. The large number of charities that were non-compliant amongst the CRA sample will not improve the public’s confidence in the international development sector.

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November 23, 2007

Interesting Pictures from Bolivia

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