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Receipting for Canadian Registered Charities

A 3-hour online course with everything you need to know about how Canadian registered charities issue official donation receipts

Properly issuing official donation receipts has been challenging for many registered charities. According to the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), 89% of registered charities that are audited by CRA are not correctly issuing official donation receipts. Issuing incorrect receipts can result in revocation or penalties. It is easier to do it right than fix problems later!

Topics covered in this course include:

  • When are charities allowed to issue official donation receipts? (“tax receipts”)
  • Why are receipts so important
  • What are the top Canadian registered charity receipting mistakes
  • Review of information required on an official charitable tax receipt
  • CRA’s sample official donation receipts
  • What is a gift under the Income Tax Act (Canada)?
  • Is the donation a gift?
  • Is there an obligation to issue receipts?
  • Who is the donor?
  • What is split receipting and how does it affect galas, golf and other fundraisers?
  • How do you correct or replace official donation receipts?
  • Can you issue a receipt for a gift certificate?
  • Can you return a gift?
  • Are funds given by a business considered a gift or a sponsorship?
  • Can you provide receipts for donors to third party fundraising events?
  • Use of computer generated and e-mail receipts
  • Is it appropriate to receipt for expenses of volunteers who travel abroad?
  • Problems, abuses and consequences of improper receipts
  • What is a gift in kind?
  • What is fair market value of a gift and how to determine fair market value?
  • What is “deemed” fair market value and how will it change the amount of the eligible amount of the gift?
  • Receipting of gift in kind donations and special issues with gifts in kind
  • When do you need to appraise gifts in kind?
  • Can you receipt for donors of items to an auction?
  • Can you receipt a successful bidder at an auction?
  • What are some best practices for gifts in kind donations?

This receipting course will be of interest to staff at non-profits and charities responsible for compliance issues especially receipting and fundraising, professional advisors such as lawyers and accountants who advise charities and non-profits, and board members of Canadian registered charities.



Your Instructor


Mark Blumberg
Mark Blumberg

Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm Blumberg Segal LLP (Blumbergs) in Toronto and works almost exclusively advising non-profits and registered charities on their work in Canada and abroad.Mark has written numerous articles, is a frequent speaker on legal issues involving charity and not-for-profit law and is the editor of www.CanadianCharityLaw.ca and www.globalphilanthropy.ca™ – Canadian websites dedicated to news about the Canadian charitable sector as well as legal and ethical issues for Canadian charities operating in Canada or overseas.He also manages www.charitydata.ca and www.smartgiving.ca.

Mark is particularly interested in the regulation of non-profits and charities in Canada, philanthropy, transparency requirements for the voluntary sector, providing accessible information on regulatory issues, and the use of data to make more informed decisions on the charity sector.

Mark is quoted regularly in print media and appears frequently on radio and television on topics relating to philanthropy and the regulation of charities in Canada.Mark has also appeared on a number of occasions in front of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance on topics such as charity regulation, transparency, accountability and tax incentives for philanthropy. Mark has also made presentations to the Charities Directorate Annual All Staff Meeting as well the Annual Divisional Staff Meeting of the Determinations Section of Charities Directorate. Mark has presented to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) when the FATF conducted an evaluation of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism in Canada in 2015. Mark has testified at the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector and the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance.

Mark is on the Charities Directorate Technical Issues Working Group, which is a bi-annual meeting between the Charities Directorate, the Department of Finance and the charity sector to discuss technical and policy issues pertaining to registered charities and the Income Tax Act (Canada). Mark is a member of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association.Mark spent 6 years on the Advisory Committee for the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) at Carleton University.Mark is on the Board of the Canadian Charity Law Association.

Mark has co-authored 20 Questions Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations Should Ask About Mergers (Published by CPA Canada) and co-wrote a chapter on International Trends in Government-Nonprofit Relations: Constancy, Change, and Contradictions in Nonprofits and Government: Collaboration and Conflict.

Mark lectures frequently to various industry and professional groups on charity compliance issues including the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA Canada), as well as CPA Ontario, BC and Alberta, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Association of Gift Planners, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Community Foundations of Canada, Ontario Hospital Association, and Ontario Non-profit Network.

Mark has also presented to and for organizations such as the APRA Canada, CanadaHelps, Canadian Charity Law Association, Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network, Canadian Red Cross, Care Canada, Carleton University, Chapel and York, CharityVillage, Circle on Aboriginal Philanthropy, CIVICUS, Charity Law Information Program, various community foundations, the Estate Planning Council of Toronto, Federated Press, Canadian Institute, Humber College, Laidlaw Foundation, Law Society of Upper Canada, OCIC, Osgoode Hall Law School, PAGER, Volunteer MBC, Pillar Nonprofit Network, PWC Canada, RBC Foundation, Regional Diversity Roundtable of Peel, Ryerson University, The Schulich School of Business, Strategy Institute, United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto, United Way Canada, Universite de Montreal, University of Toronto, Vitalize, and World Vision Law Day.

Mark has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, an LLB from the University of British Columbia and a LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School in Tax Law.


Course Curriculum


  Introduction and Overview of Course
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  Who Can Issue Official Donation Receipts
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  The Basics
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  When you cannot issue an official donation receipt
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  Split Receipting/Advantages
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  Working Out The Receipt
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  More Basic Issues
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  Advanced Issues
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  Gifts in Kind (non-cash gifts) and FMV
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  Special Rules
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  Avoiding Receipting Problems
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  Resources on Receipting
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and you will have access to it for at least one year! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish within the year.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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