Policy priority: charities to partner with non-charities
Rules aimed at protecting public and charitable funds make it difficult for charities to partner with non-charities, resulting in equity-seeking communities having less access to these funds.
Charities are only able to gift to ‘qualified donees’, a term which includes registered charities, municipalities, and other entities that are able to issue donation receipts.
Many, such as First Nations communities and grassroots organizations, are not qualified donees and are therefore unable to receive funding from charities. This results in many equity-seeking groups having less access to charitable funds.
Direction and control requirements exist in tension with Canadian international development policy and contemporary international development values (e.g., local ownership and participative and inclusive decision-making).
That Bill S-222, The Effective and Accountable Charities Act, be passed into law. Introduced by Senator Ratna Omidvar in February 2021, the Bill would amend the Income Tax Act to enable charities to establish equal partnerships with non-charities while still ensuring accountability and transparency.
Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector, 2019 - recommendation 30
The Pemsel Case Foundation, 2015 - 2019
Cooperation Canada, 2019
Ontario Nonprofit Network, 2021
Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector, 2021 - recommendation #1