New year, new charity regulations?

January 11, 2017


There has been a lot of buzz in my circles about renewing Canada's rules governing nonprofits and charities. Last year, when asked what changes or new framework we would like to see, many of us did not have an answer. Now the answers are crystallizing. Recently I supported CCIC, the national coalition of international development and humanitarian groups, to develop a submission to CRA on reforming charity rules. Clearly we won't have a new legislative framework in 2017, but the renewed sense of empowerment and collaboration among nonprofits on this issue is encouraging.


I wanted to share two other resources that I have found really helpful:


My main professional focus is growing social justice philanthropy in Canada. I have been reading and rereading this super effective article on shifting philanthropy from charity to justice, in Stanford Social Innovation Review. What I find so useful is the explanation of several practices that foundations can implement. I can see that these practices would be particularly relevant for organizations asking how to build philanthropic partnerships with Indigenous communities.


Finally, the good folk in Imagine Canada's policy team have just made their policy alerts free and available to the public (sign up here). These are regular messages that give a run-down on current federal policy changes and consultations that are meaningful for nonprofits. I always find important opportunities or information that I pass on to clients, who often incorporate them into their work.


Have a wonderful new year!

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