Registered charity rights and privileges

Canadians recently marked the 35th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  Since it was enacted that document has profoundly altered the legal discourse – and the public’s perceptions – on many issues in Canadian law.  Given this change, coupled with the centrality of free speech to the concept of fundamental rights, particularly the […]

Authors:

Peter Broder
Peter Broder is Policy Analyst and General Counsel at The Muttart Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Foundation.
 

Charity Federal Regulatory Round-Up

As the charitable sector awaits an announcement from the federal government on when and how it will be responding to the Report to the Minister of National Revenue of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities (the “Panel”), a couple of lower profile regulatory developments have come to the fore.  Consultation Panel on […]

Authors:

Peter Broder
Peter Broder is Policy Analyst and General Counsel at The Muttart Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Foundation.
 

What’s Fair?

One of the far corners of charity law is the fair market value of donations. For economists, the classic definition of fair market value is how much, in an open market, a knowledgeable, willing, and unpressured buyer would pay a knowledgeable, willing, and unpressured seller for a property. In the context of charitable donations and […]

Authors:

Peter Broder
Peter Broder is Policy Analyst and General Counsel at The Muttart Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Foundation.
 

The “no gifts to non-qualified donees” rule

The registered charities provisions of the Income Tax Act (ITA) feature a number of obscure terms. That makes registered charities vulnerable to inadvertent non-compliance. It means prudent organizations need to keep a keen eye on regulatory trends and emerging issues. Looming regulatory concerns with making gifts to groups that are not qualified donees are a […]

Authors:

Peter Broder
Peter Broder is Policy Analyst and General Counsel at The Muttart Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Foundation.
 

Innovation and the Charitable Sector

The merger of the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation  announced on February 1, 2017 has been welcomed by many.  The hope is that by  joining forces  the two organizations can have greater impact on cancer research and support programs. For those who lament the large number of charities in Canada and […]

Authors:

Peter Broder
Peter Broder is Policy Analyst and General Counsel at The Muttart Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Foundation.
 


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