Top 20 Charity Law Issues for Canadian Registered Charities

Top compliance issues affecting Canadian registered charities

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This 3-hour course, Top 20 Charity Law Issues for Canadian Registered Charities, provides an easy to understand overview of the top compliance issues for Canadian registered charities including some of the top CRA concerns for Canadian registered charities. If you are involved with the governance of a Canadian registered charity it makes little sense to focus on obscure case law or issues when there are some very important compliance issues that can undermine your charity status and the mission of the charity.

Here are the topics covered in the course:

1. Failure to File the T3010
2. Mistakes with the T3010
3. Incorrect Receipts
4. Acting Outside Legal Objects
5. Non-Charitable Activities
6. Gifts to Non-Qualified Donees
7. Fundraising Costs and Practice
8. Charity Gifting Tax Shelters
9. Employment Issues
10. Failing to Keep Adequate Books and Records
11. Failure to Meet Disbursement Quota
12. Political Activities
13. Unrelated Business Activities
14. Religious School Tuition Receipts
15. Fraudulent Tax Receipts
16. Transactions with Directors
17. Mishandling of Audit
18. Changes/Approvals
19. Corporate Changes
20. Gift Restrictions

Top 20 Charity Law Issues for Canadian Registered Charities will be of interest to staff at registered 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 and other volunteers of Canadian registered charities. It will not make you a charity lawyer but it will help you avoid some of the most common compliance problems and challenges facing registered charities in Canada.

Your Instructor

Mark Blumberg
Mark Blumberg

Mark Blumberg is a lawyer at the law firm Blumbergs Professional Corporation (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. He is the editor of a blog,, and created the largest portal of data on the Canadian charity sector, Mark also edits, which provides information on due diligence when selecting charities.

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 frequently appears 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 testified at the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector, the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance and the House Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.

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 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 sat for 4 years 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 Non-profits and Government: Collaboration and Conflict in Non-profits and government: collaboration and conflict (Edited by Elizabeth T Boris and C Eugene Steuerle)

Mark frequently lectures 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, the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Association of Gift Planners, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Ontario Hospital Association, Ontario Non-profit Network, and many other organizations.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and is available for one year from your purchase. 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?
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