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Canadian Charity Law List

April 2017


Which Canadian registered charities spent the most on foreign activities in 2015?

Here is a Blumbergs' article entitled "Which Canadian charities spent money on foreign activities in 2015 and how much did they spend?" READ MORE

CRA recently revoked registered charity status of 2 large religious groups doing foreign activities

On the CRA database it has become apparent that CRA has recently revoked the charitable status of two religious organizations that conduct significant foreign activities. We have put in a request to CRA for information on why they were revoked. Unfortunately under the current rules even if CRA is aware of a problem with a charity it can only advise the public AFTER formal revocation has taken place so the details available at this point are very sparse.   READ MORE

Seven Key Tasks of Hospital Foundation Boards by Mark Blumberg

Here is an article that Mark Blumberg wrote for the Ontario Hospital Association entitled, "Seven Key Tasks of Hospital Foundation Boards". READ MORE

Universities and Colleges fundraising in Canada - a great mechanism to fundraise effectively

Canada has a very generous tax incentive mechanism to recognize certain prescribed foreign universities for purposes of Canadian donations.  A degree granting university outside of Canada with at least two (2) Canadian students generally studying at the university/college can apply to get on a list maintained by the Canada Revenue Agency.  Once the university is on the list it is considered to be a "qualified donee" and the university can issue Canadian official donation receipts under the Income Tax Act  (Canada).  With such status, a Canadian who donates to the prescribed foreign university obtains the same benefits - of between 40 - 70% as if they had donated to a Canadian university. For more information on obtaining prescribed university status, please see a recent Blumbergs' article that we have prepared. READ MORE

CRA data on charities now more accessible

Blumbergs recently created a transparency tool using 13 years and about 5 gigabytes of text from the Charities Directorate. It can be found at www.charitydata.ca.  Not only does it provide detailed information on each Canadian registered charity but it also allows a user to filter information in about 25 different ways.  It also allows for a search of all directors of Canadian registered charities.   READ MORE


Recent letters released by Canada Revenue Agency

We have provided two letters recently released by the Canada Revenue Agency.  The first letter from CRA discusses whether a donation to a fund maintained and controlled by a municipality constitutes a gift for income tax purposes. The second letter from CRA discusses whether an estate can be a graduated rate estate before the actual designation as such is made on filing its tax return through the application of the charitable gifting rules in the Income Tax Act (Canada).  READ MORE

How to search CRA’s database for revoked charities

Many people know that CRA has a publicly accessible database of Canadian registered charities. But, did you know that there are approximately 38,299 former registered charities that you can search as well?  In order to search for charities that were revoked as a result of an audit in the CRA database, go to the advanced search page and make sure that you change the "Charity Status", which defaults as "registered", to either "ALL" or "Revocation - Audited". You can also specify the date or date range, for example look at charities revoked in the last 3 months etc.  You can also restrict by City, Province, Country, Postal Code, Designation, Charity Type and Category.  READ MORE


Wallace Global Fund charity fires lawyers for being inconsistent with their values

Here is an interesting article from the Non-Profit Quarterly entitled "Wallace Global Fund Fires Law Firm for Aiding Trump’s “Ethical Carnage”. The article discusses how a large US charity has decided to sever a long term relationship with a major US law firm because they represent Donald Trump and blessed the highly questionable trust arrangement that Donald Trump is using to ostensibly avoid conflicts of interest while he is President of the US. READ MORE

Carleton MPNL PhilanthroTHINK: The Future of Charity Regulation on April 28, 2017 in Ottawa

Carleton University has a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL).  Today they will be holding a one day program entitled The Future of Charity Regulation: Lessons from International Experience.  You can find out more information here. READ MORE



The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars.  Registration is free but space is limited.  READ MORE

Past Events

On April 27, 2017 Mark Blumberg attended the Governor General's conference on giving in Canada at Rideau Hall.

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Mark Blumberg

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.