Fundraising Cost Ratios

In early April, a column appeared in the Vancouver Sun lamenting, yet again, examples of exorbitant profits earned by for-profit fundraising companies contracted by charities to solicit donations on their behalf. LawNow Volume 33, Issue 6 (July/August 2009)
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CRA Issues Welcome Guidance on Foreign Activities

This LawNow magazine article discusses the release of updated and more flexible guidance on charities’ foreign activities in July by the Canada Revenue Agency. It is available at: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/plcy/ cgd/tsd-cnd-eng.html. The new guidance features a wealth of concrete examples, a helpful listing of “measures of control,”and identifies a threshold under which a charity will not be expected to incur the expense and administrative burden of a written agreement before it contributes resources to an initiative.
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Lessons for Canada in the American Approach to Telemarketing Fraud Against Charities

Earlier this year, The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) won massive judgments against two different telemarketing groups for misrepresenting to donors the benefits to charities associated with their solicitation. In light of these judgments the article looks at Canada's Competition Act and the constitutional authority given to the federal government. In Canada, it is more difficult for regulators to seek civil penalties as the Act focuses more on "false or misleading representations" usually related to products.
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Students, Social Participation, Charities, and Law

This edition of School's In examines non-profit and charitable organizations. In particular, how can the work of these organizations be analyzed to reflect curricular outcomes and provide a vehicle that enables students to become involved in local and global social action? LawNow Volume 33, Issue 4 (March/April 2009)
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