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…

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…

Book Review: Religion, Charity and Human Rights

Religion, Charity and Human Rights, by Kerry O’Halloran, Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press; 2014 ISBN: 978-1-10702-048-1 Kerry O’Halloran’s 2014 book, Religion, Charity and Human Rights, provides a wide-ranging overview of the difficult issues arising at the interface of religion, human rights law, and the law of charities. While the work does not make a strong overarching…

Q and A With John Kania And Fay Hanleybrown

Summary: Liz Weaver from the Tamarack Institute was able to catch up with John Kania and Fay Hanleybrown from FSG at the Champions for Change—Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact conference held 1-3 April 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia. John and Fay share their recent experience and latest thinking about Collective Impact in this interview…