CRA provides updated statistical information on the charity sector

April 26, 2014 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: News, What's New from the Charities Directorate of CRA, Canadian Charity Law, Canadian Charity Statistics, Ethics and Canadian Charities, Avoiding 'Charity' Scams

The CRA has updated its "media kit" and specifically the facts and figures section.

Here is some of the information from the CRA website:

Charities facts and figures

The number of registered charities continued to grow in 2013. As of December 31, 2013, there were 86,617 registered charities, up from 86,159 on December 31, 2012.

Charity Type Total
Poverty 18,866
Education 13,986
Religion 33,600
Other purposes beneficial to the community                                                             20,165
Total 86,617

For the 2013-2014 fiscal year (April 1 to March 31), the Charities Directorate:

handled 101,127 telephone enquiries on its toll-free line;

received 16,318 written service requests from registered charities;

received 3,917 new applications for charitable registration;

received 418 applications for re‑registration;

formally denied 105 applications;

registered 1,932 charities (this includes new registrations and re‑registrations);

completed 845 audits of registered charities, which were chosen using a variety of methods, including random selection, follow-up on possible non-compliance or complaints, and based on a review of annual information returns;

revoked 695 registered charities because they did not file their annual Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return within six months after their fiscal year end;

revoked 23 registered charities as a result of an audit;

revoked 9 registered charities for other reasons (for example, because they failed to maintain their corporate status); and

revoked the charitable status of 936 organizations at their own request.

Here is a link to the Media Kit.  

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