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The CRA has announced contribution funding for eight new projects under the Charities Partnership and Outreach Program (CPOP). One of the announced projects will be handled by the Ontario Community Support Association under its Charity Law Information Program (CLIP). The CLIP project announced today has two aspects. First, to educate Canadian charities about the requirement of gifting only to other qualified donees. This affects Canadian charities who transfer resources to organizations that are not qualified donees, whether such organizations are inside Canada or outside Canada (foreign activities). It will emphasize the importance of having proper structured arrangements with local and foreign intermediaries (agents, partners, contractors etc) The second part of the project is to increase the financial management capacity of the charitable sector and to avoid misuse of charities assets including with fraud, money laundering, terrorism and excessive private benefit. For more information see http://www.capacitybuilders.ca/clip/clip.php
Here is the text of the news release:
News release Minister Blackburn supports charitable organizations’ innovative educational and training projects
Over $2 million in funding granted
Ottawa, Ontario, September 16, 2009 . . . The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture and Agri-Food), is pleased to announce contribution funding for eight new projects under the Charities Partnership and Outreach Program as well as the program’s recent one-year extension.
“The Charities Partnership and Outreach Program demonstrates the CRA’s commitment to helping the charitable sector comply more easily and effectively with its regulatory obligations under the Income Tax Act,” explained Minister Blackburn. “The Government of Canada is proud to deliver concrete support to Canadian charities, which provide valuable services in communities across our country.”
The CRA will provide $2,016,903 in contribution funding for innovative education and training projects that will be carried out before March 31, 2010. These projects were chosen in response to a call for proposals for projects that would:
•explain the requirements and obligations of charitable registration to organizations that are considering registration;
•teach registered charities how to avoid making gifts to non-qualified donees;
•research best practices for charities to safeguard against terrorism; or
•provide small and rural charities with access to resources.
The following organizations submitted successful proposals:
•Actions interculturelles de développement et d’éducation (AIDE) Inc. (Sherbrooke, Quebec)
•CentrePoint Non-Profit Management (Calgary, Alberta)
•Éducaloi (Montréal, Quebec)
•Imagine Canada (Toronto, Ontario)
•Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
•Ontario Community Support Association (Toronto, Ontario)
•The Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
•Université du Québec à Montréal (Montréal, Quebec)
Due to the ongoing interest of the charitable sector in ensuring that the objectives of the program are achieved, the program has been extended for an additional year (until March 31, 2011). A new call for proposals will be announced shortly.
The Government of Canada supports a regulatory environment where Canadians can donate in confidence, knowing that their donations are going to registered charities that meet their regulatory responsibilities.
For more information about the selected organizations and their projects, as well as about other projects previously funded under the Charities Outreach and Partnership Program, go to http://www.cra.gc.ca/charities.
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Mark Blumberg is a lawyer at Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto, Ontario. To find out more about legal services that Blumbergs provides to Canadian charities and non-profits please visit http://www.canadiancharitylaw.ca or http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca He can be contacted at or at 416-361-1982.
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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.