Foreign Activities by Canadian Registered Charities: Challenges and Options for Reform

The following paper is the culmination of  The Philanthropist’s series “Canadian Charities Working Internationally,” which began in March 2015.  In it, Toronto charity lawyer Andrew Valentine outlines the challenges with the current “direction and control” rules that apply to Canadian charities working abroad. He also presents proposals to reform the system, ranging from simple administrative…

The Canadian Income Tax Act and the Concepts of Charitable Purposes and Activities

Recent high profile debate over regulation of registered charities’ political activities is only part of broader sector concern about onerous Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requirements with respect to other aspects of registered charities’ operations, such as reporting obligations, and constraints over foreign activities or on operating through intermediaries.  Additionally, what is required and reviewed under…

Book Review: Emerging Issues in Western Canada’s Non-profit Funding Regimes

Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada: Evolving Relationships in a Changing Environment, edited by Peter R. Elson, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2016, ISBN 9781442637009 Social, political, and economic environments in Western Canada have been changing quickly; it is essential that non-profit sector leaders across Canada pay close attention. A new book…

New forum to delve into topics on the front lines of Canada’s nonprofit sector

The Philanthropist and Imagine Canada create Sector Pulse The Philanthropist and Imagine Canada today launch Sector Pulse, a group of thought leaders from across the country who will meet regularly to explore issues related to Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector. Sector Pulse provides a new way for two national organizations to align their interests and work together…

Nouveau forum consacré à l’étude de sujets cruciaux pour le secteur sans but lucratif au Canada

The Philanthropist et Imagine Canada créent le groupe « Pouls du secteur » The Philanthropist et Imagine Canada créent aujourd’hui le groupe « Pouls du secteur » (Sector Pulse), formé d’experts de différentes régions canadiennes qui se réuniront régulièrement pour explorer les enjeux touchant le secteur sans but lucratif et de la bienfaisance au Canada. Pour les deux organismes nationaux, « Pouls…