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The involvement of charities in political activities has been a major story since 2012. The 2012 Federal Budget introduced new reporting requirements for charities for 2013 but does not fundamentally affect the ability of charities to engage in political activities. Significant resources have been provided to the Charities Directorate to audit charities who conduct political activities. On Tuesday September 22, 2015 we will conduct a 1/2 day program from 9AM-12PM entitled Fundamentals of Political Activities by Canadian Registered Charities.
Some argue that this has created a “chill” in the charity sector. It is important that the voluntary sector is engaged in the political process. Fundraising for political activities is particularly difficult for charities but can be done successfully.
Any registered charity considering conducting any political activities should be familiar with the rules under the Income Tax Act. Registered charities can engage in allowable political activities as long as they are non-partisan, related to their legal objects, and limited resources are used, which generally means less than 10% of resources.
Participants will learn more about what charities can and cannot do in the political realm and:
Cost: $125.00 (includes snacks and coffee, materials, and registration fees). REGISTER HERE
The program will be led by charity lawyer Mark Blumberg.
Blumbergs’ Fundamentals of Political Activities by Canadian Registered Charities will be of interest to staff at non-profits and charities responsible for compliance issues especially program, finance and advocacy staff, professional advisors such as lawyers and accountants who advise charities and non-profits, and board members of Canadian charities. If you have questions please call Yana Yanovski at 416-361-1982 x238 or e-mail
Timing and content is subject to change. There are a limited number of spaces available for this course.
Tickets are fully refundable until September 1, 2015 but not thereafter. If you register and are unable to attend, you are welcome to substitute someone else from your organization at any time. Dates and locations may be subject to change should circumstances arise. All efforts will be made to notify you as soon as possible in this event.
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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.