37 of Canada’s charity lawyers strongly agree that the Canada Revenue Agency should remove the paternalistic, colonial requirement that charities have “direction and control” over their own activities.Lawyers may rarely agree. But 37 of Canada’s charity lawyers strongly agree — and have signed this open letter – that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) should remove the paternalistic, colonial requirement that charities have ‘direction and control’ over their own activities. This top-down approach prevents equal partnerships with local organizations, particularly in Indigenous communities and international development, and imposes unnecessary costs on charities. It doesn’t safeguard donor dollars (and creates inefficiencies instead), and it doesn’t promote transparency or accountability. “It is time for charity law to do away with the inefficiencies created by these antiquated rules, and instead focus on maximizing the charitable work that can be done.” Read about the better option recommended by Canadian legal advisors.

Monday, March 8, 2021 in , ,
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