In January 2018, the federal government created a Senate Committee with the express purpose to examine the impact of the charitable and not-for-profit sector and the rules that govern it.
The committee is currently accepting written submissions and is also administering an electronic survey until November 2, 2018 at midnight.
We strongly encourage all not-for-profits and charities to provide feedback to the committee. The committee has a broad mandate, and is examining a whole range of topics related to not-for-profits and charitable organizations, including:
A recognition that the funding landscape has changed – and the implications for not-for-profits and charities
Canada Revenue Agency’s reporting requirements
Legal and policy limits on political activity and/or advocacy
The legal definition of “charity”, and charitable activities
Provincial government reporting requirements
Reporting requirements for direct federal and/or provincial government funding
Restrictions on social finance and social entrepreneurship
Tax treatment of charitable donations
The electronic survey also explores impediments and opportunities for collaboration in the sector, and explores the need for more data, information, and research on not-for-profits and charitable organizations.
In addition to filling out the survey, Vantage Point will be emphasizing the following in our written comments:
The need for more data and information about not-for-profits and charities
The need to examine the Income Tax Act and the regulation of charities and not-for-profits (ex., charitable purposes and activities, the list of qualified donees, restrictions on non-partisan public policy advocacy, etc.)
The need to examine the multiple accountabilities of not-for-profits and charities, and the capacity challenges inherent in the financial models that are typical in the sector
Mark Friesen is the Director of Capacity Development at Vantage Point, where he assists not-for-profit organizations throughout BC with strategic planning, governance, and capacity building. Mark excels at assessing governance structures and finding democratic solutions to organizational challenges...