Top 20 Charity Law Issues for Canadian Registered Charities

Top compliance issues affecting Canadian registered charities

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 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


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