Canada 150 Profiles: Tanya Hannah Rumble

As part of our celebration of Canada’s 150th, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the non-profit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector. Name: Tanya Hannah Rumble Role in the Sector: Senior Manager, Run for the Cure Fundraising, Canadian Cancer Society Years working and/or volunteering…

Canada 150 Profiles: Arthur Drache

As part of our celebration of Canada’s 150th, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the non-profit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector. Name: Arthur B.C. Drache Profession (current role in the sector): Lawyer specializing in charity and non-profit law Years working and/or volunteering in…

Letter From the Editors: A Preview of the Year Ahead  

Happy new year 2017 and welcome to our 45th year of publishing. Since 1972, The Philanthropist has fostered discussion and debate on issues that matter to the non-profit sector, and provided information about the sector’s important contributions to our communities, our country, and our world. More than 530 authors have contributed to the journal since…

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…

Danny Glenwright Appointed as Managing Editor

The Philanthropist is pleased to announce the appointment of Danny Glenwright as Managing Editor. He replaces long-time Managing Editor Norah McClintock, who stepped down earlier this year. Glenwright is the Executive Director of Action Against Hunger/Action contre la Faim Canada, a Toronto-based humanitarian organization. He comes to The Philanthropist with leadership experience in the not-for-profit…

Donation Incentives: The Canadian Advantage

Canada has the most generous tax incentives for charitable giving in the world, but their nature and extent are largely unknown to Canadians. Why does this paradox exist?  There are practical issues that shape our understanding of charitable tax incentives and some practical benefits. For starters, it is helpful to understand that the Canadian tax…