With the Trump administration in the US there have been significant changes affecting philanthropy. The UK has been rocked by a number of scandals and a vicious tabloid media. Australia has had many challenges in terms of regulation of charities. This presentation will provide an overview of these events and how they may affect the partners of Canadian charities and also the Canadian charities themselves. If UK tabloid media attacks on charities are followed in Canada there could be a significant reduction in public confidence in charities. As our neighbour, the US, has made significant changes in its tax incentive structure for donations it is quite foreseeable that one day Canada will follow suite. Furthermore, these changes open opportunities for Canadian charities and fundraisers that should not be missed.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Participants will understand some recent development in US, UK and Australia
2. Participants will understand how Canada is different
3. Participants will understand how changes outside of Canada could result in similar problems in Canada.

Mark Blumberg, LL.B., LL.M., TEP


Blumberg Segal LLP

Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm Blumberg Segal LLP (Blumbergs) in Toronto and works almost exclusively advising non-profits and registered charities on their work in Canada and abroad.  Mark has written numerous articles, is a frequent speaker on legal issues involving charity and not-for-profit law and is the editor of www.CanadianCharityLaw.ca  and www.globalphilanthropy.ca™ – Canadian websites dedicated to news about the Canadian charitable sector as well as legal and ethical issues for Canadian charities operating in Canada or overseas.  He also manages  www.charitydata.ca  and www.smartgiving.ca.