Social Impact Newsletter

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December 2010

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Canadian Task Force on Social Finance Releases its Report

Susan M. Manwaring

The Task Force on Social Finance was conceived earlier this year by Social Innovation Generation (SiG) to consider opportunities to mobilize private capital for public good within either non-profit or for-profit enterprises. Earlier this month, the Task Force released its...


Charity Employee Compensation – Bill C-470 Update – Salary Cap Dropped, Disclosure Remains

Susan M. Manwaring, Amanda J. Stacey

In the April 2010 edition of this newsletter we reported on a private members bill, Bill C-470, introduced by Albina Guarnieri, Member of Parliament for Mississauga East, that would have given the Canada Revenue Agency the discretion to revoke the...


Is the Provision of Fertility Charitable?

Kate Lazier

At the end of September of this year, the City of Toronto had the pleasure of hosting the American Bar Association Tax Conference.  Lawyers from Miller Thomson’s charity and non-profit practice group attended the Tax Exempt Section of the conference. ...


Foreign Activities Guidance: Outside Canada Means Inside Canada as Well

Donald Carr

As we reported in the July 2010 issue of this Newsletter, the Charities Directorate has issued its “Guidance for Canadian Registered Charities Carrying on Activities Outside Canada”, replacing Guide RC4106. However, some may overlook that the Guidance also applies to...


Can the Purpose of Promoting Debate on Government Policy be Charitable?

Andrew Valentine

A recent decision of the High Court of Australia considered whether an organization established for the purpose of promoting the effectiveness of international aid – in part by challenging established government policy – was charitable.  A majority of the Court...


Miller Thomson adds Saskatchewan Charities Expertise

Miller Thomson is pleased to announce our merger with Saskatchewan full service law firm Balfour Moss LLP, effective January 1, 2011.  Balfour Moss is one of the oldest and most established law firms in the province. The addition of the...


Miller Thomson Foundation 2011 Scholarship Programme

The Miller Thomson Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of our 2011 National Scholarship Programme. The Miller Thomson Foundation has increased the National Scholarship Programme from $200,000 to $300,000 annually, awarding 100 entrance scholarships in the amount of $3,000...


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