Webinar: Haiti - Legal and Ethical Issues for Canadian charities responding to the earthquake

February 06, 2010 | 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, Global Giving, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) formerly CIDA, Planned Giving and Canadian Charities, Ethics and Canadian Charities, Avoiding 'Charity' Scams

[the archived recording of the webinar Haiti - Legal and Ethical Issues for Canadian charities is now available at https://ocsa.webex.com/ocsa/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=TC&rID=619547&rKey=680663606ebf9a91&act=pb (It is approx 1h and 10 min)]  We are also beta testing some other webinars at: http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca/index.php/blog/comments/webinars_on_canadian_charity_law_-_charity_law_information_program_clip_by_/

OCIC, myself and Capacity Builders will be organizing a free one hour webinar entitled “Haiti - Legal and Ethical Issues for Canadian charities responding to the earthquake”  As we are all aware with the earthquake in Haiti, Canadians have responded quickly and donated generously.  Canadian charities have received record contributions to help with the disaster in Haiti.  Many of the charities raising funds for Haiti have never operated in Haiti and/or been involved in disaster assistance. We have learned from past disaster responses in post-conflict areas that good intentions and money are not enough.  Join charity lawyer Mark Blumberg (editor of http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca) as he highlights some of the top legal and ethical challenges facing Canadian registered charities operating in Haiti.  From Income Tax Act rules to ethical dilemmas it is important that charities are aware of these and other issues.  For all Capacity Builder Webinars you can see https://ocsa.webex.com/mw0306l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=ocsa

Some of the topics discuss will be:

•          Working with a Canadian charity vs. direct charitable activities
•          Permissible structures for working with a Haitian intermediary organizations
•          How to pick an intermediary
•          Dealing with transfers of capital property to Haitian organizations
•          Books and records including the issue of obtaining receipts on the ground.
•          Ethical standards issues with disaster assistance and international activities. 

When:  Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 3:00PM (EST) - Duration approx. 1 hour

There will be time for questions and discussion.  All fees will be waived for this special presentation which is sponsored by the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC), the Charity Law Information Program (CLIP) and Blumberg Segal LLP.

To register visit

Mark Blumberg, B.A., LL.B., LL.M., TEP

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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.

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