Currently there are only two organizations on the "List of foreign charities that have received a gift from Her Majesty in right of Canada". They are the Aga Khan Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, both of which were off the list and now are on again. No rhyme or reason why these groups are picked out of millions of foreign ngos. Meanwhile Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, The Rhodes Trust, and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation are no longer on the list. Seriously this list needs a rethink and greater transparency.
One thing is pretty clear - this category is not a long term sustainable way to fundraise from Canada. It is great to have the status if you have the status but it is better to establsih a Canadian affiliate organization which has permanance and more flexibility that can be used along with this very nice but time limited status.
I have blogged many times about this category but here is a recent blog Lack of transparency continues when the Canadian government makes a gift to a foreign charity.
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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.