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Blake on the Huffington Post: CRA “Gotcha” Audits Need to Stop

October 22nd, 2014 by admin

In a recent piece I pointed out that when the Minister of National Revenue issues a Notice of Intention to Revoke, a charity must appeal to the same Minister who issued the Notice. There is no guarantee of an independent appeal process. The Appeals Branch of CRA’s Tax and Charities Appeals Directorate does not even go through the motions of opening a new file. The file number assigned by the Charities Directorate auditor remains the designation of the file throughout the so-called appeal process.

This ineffective appeal process becomes even more frustrating when one recognizes that revocation frequently proceeds on insignificant administrative issues rather than on substantive issues such as political activities. When government or industry officials want a charity closed down, they have little interest in the way they achieve revocation. All they care about is whether, at the end of the audit, they can raise their martini glasses and say GOTCHA.

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Categories: Audits, CRA, Charity, Compliance, Politics

CRA Contends Giving to U.S. Charity is a “Non-Charitable Purpose”

February 13th, 2012 by Blake Bromley, Bio

If a donor were to type “Give2Asia” into any internet search engine, she would quickly find information about many successful projects occurring on the ground throughout Asia supported by G2A. From disaster relief to social development and education, G2A has helped channel the philanthropic energies of the Asian Diaspora into many effective and impactful programs.

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Categories: Charity, Compliance, Law, Strategy

Innovations in Diaspora Giving

February 8th, 2012 by Blake Bromley, Bio

While in San Francisco, I had dinner with Barnett Barron, a leader in global philanthropy whom I have known for decades. We’ve not only worked together in a variety of situations in various countries in Asia, we also collaborated in the U.S. when he had a leadership role in setting up guidelines to help charities comply with changes the U.S. government instituted for international grant-making after the introduction of the Patriot Act.  Last year Barnett became President of Give2Asia (G2A), .

In 1991, G2A was incubated by Asia Foundation to seek private sector funding for worthy projects. However, while G2A’s origins may be rooted in the desire to reduce dependence on government funding, it quickly established itself as an innovative leader in the world of international philanthropy.  Since its inception, G2A has spent a considerable amount of time and money fostering expertise and developing programming to assist in project design, due diligence and fund management, the purpose of which is to increase the effectiveness and impact of social programs based in Asia.

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Categories: Charity, Compliance, People, Politics