• The Case Against Policy Advocacy Deregulation

    There are certainly cases in which charities have played a productive role in changing public policy for the better — successful campaigns to combat smoking and drunk driving come readily to mind. And though these contributions have produced clearly beneficial results, it does not necessarily follow that the general regulatory framework should be relaxed or amended to allow charities to engage more actively in public policymaking.

  • Canadian foundation donates $12-million to support Indigenous people

    The Slaight Family Foundation has committed to providing that money over the next five years to 15 non-profit organizations that are engaged with the First Nations, Inuit and Métis on a wide range of initiatives, from health and education to cultural activities and preventing violence against Indigenous women.

  • Canadians are generous, but government spending on charities is not

    The key problem for charities is not a decline in the generosity of individual Canadians, which has been quite steady in the context of a soft economy, but the general retrenchment of government social spending… the Trudeau government has promised to develop a “social innovation” strategy and to increase investment in “social infrastructure.” … a strong charitable and not-for-profit sector also requires strong public financial support.

  • What are we talking about when we talk about social innovation?

    … social innovation: undertakings that don’t neatly fit into conventional boxes, but deliver multiple social or environment benefits and even profits, all while holding out the potential for the sort of scalability that promises broader transformation… what are we talking about when we talk about social innovation? – could re-shape the relationship between governments, private investors, and civil society for a generation to come.

  • Change the tax laws to boost charitable giving

    The federal government should start to address that shortfall in its spring budget by bringing in a straightforward measure that could increase donations to Canadian charities by some $200 million a year.
    The measure involves broadening the tax exemption on capital gains for charitable donations.

  • Donation Incentives: The Canadian Advantage

    As of 2016, tax credits have increased with tax rates for the highest income Canadians… income of more than $200,000… with proper estate planning, a Canadian taxpayer may eliminate taxes at death by giving to charity and in most cases not disadvantage family heirs… Canadians have a rich array of donation tax incentives that together surpass other developed countries in the world, even the United States.

  • Charities of the Year 2016: Our annual report card on the good-deed doers worthy of your donations

    More than one-quarter of Canada’s 86,000 charities mention children or youth in their names or descriptions… The annual report card assesses how efficiently charities are raising and spending money, and evaluates how transparent they are about their finances and the work they do. This year, we scrutinized the 740 children’s charities that raked in total donations of more than $100,000 in 2013, the most recent year with a full set of tax return data available. The charities all focus on helping children who are in need in some way, whether it be illness, poverty or belonging to a marginalized group

  • The Canadian Income Tax Act and the Concepts of Charitable Purposes and Activities

    … there is merit in considering an entity’s planned or actual activities in determining its eligibility for registration, in particular with respect to two concerns: (1) mission drift; and, (2) inadvertent overstepping of bounds when an entity is constituted for purposes that are generally worded, rather than specific.. it is certainly legitimate to examine whether planned or actual activities are reasonably connected to stated purposes.

  • Philanthropy an untapped affordable housing resource

    Traditionally… investments have been made in market instruments that generate the greatest financial returns… a foundation’s very structure depends on a permanent source of capital… But we’ve also learned that the capital can — on its own — generate very real social returns as well as financial ones. By partnering with Habitat for Humanity GTA, Toronto Foundation has made a $1.5 million loan to jump-start its largest residential property ever, providing new homes for 50 families.

  • CAMH loses $1 million donation due to ‘issues of accountability’

    … the founder of The Faas Foundation, withdrew the grant to CAMH because the organization was unable to demonstrate that the first installment of the donation was used in accordance with his foundation’s goals… the foundation has awarded many grants in its history, but that “this is the first time in our 11 years that we have lost confidence in a grantee.” … CAMH said the program was on hold due to the funds being pulled.