Topics: News, What's New from the Charities Directorate of CRA, Canadian Charity Law, Global Giving, Ethics and Canadian Charities
Recently the Globe and Mail had a story entitled “Canada Revenue Agency delists foreign charities”. CRA has recently added the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation to the "List of registered foreign charitable organizations that have received a gift from Her Majesty in right of Canada". So we have gone from no foreign charities on the list to one foreign charity on the list. The qualified donee status is effective from 2013-11-07 to 2015-11-07. Canadian donors can gift funds to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and receive an official donation receipt. Furthermore, Canadian charities can make gifts to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
As I have noted before there is something decidedly non-transparent about the process of foreign charities being recognized. CRA says it cannot even divulge the name of the government department that gives a donation to the foreign charity. When important tax benefits are given to a select few I think it is a good idea that there be more transparency.
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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.