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On October 17, hundreds of charities, foundations and not-for-profit corporations will be dissolved, and registered charities will lose their charitable status, unless they’ve complied with the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (CNCA). While the CNCA came into force in the fall of 2011, the federal government set October 17, 2014 as the deadline for all existing […]

Charity Matters

Recently we identified the Four Heads Of Charity in Canada and in response I received a couple of questions about the “Other,” aka the Fourth Head. The actual legal definition of this “other” is other purposes beneficial to the community as a whole that the courts have identified as charitable. What’s difficult to understand about this […]

Charity Matters

From Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s quip about pennies for charities, to the Tides Canada audit and the accusations of charities engaged in the criminal activities of “money laundering” and “influence peddling,” charities are getting a lot of consideration on Parliament Hill these days. So what explains the government’s seemingly sudden charitable interest? The answer goes […]

Charity Matters

Every afternoon, I get an email from Google full of headlines and links to charity- and philanthropy-related stories written throughout the day. In one of these emails, two headlines in particular caught my attention; they were stacked one on top of the other and were saying entirely opposite things about the same charity, Tides Canada. This […]