Estate Donations: Comment on 2014 Budget Provision

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Sometimes there are pleasant surprises in Federal Budgets. The 2014 version, which was delivered on February 11, contained a subtle but profound change to the tax treatment of estate donations. This change apply to gifts by will (bequests), direct designation gifts of RRSPs, RRIFs, and TFSAs; ...

Get the Will done!

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Years ago I worked at a charitable foundation of a large cancer hospital. One day I was visited by an older patient who wanted to donate shares owned by his late wife. He was her executor and sole beneficiary, and two years after her death he had not ...

Big Charities, Big Marketers

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Looking back at 2013, I’ve been reminded daily of the economic weight of philanthropy. The reminders are the large-format ads that run in The Globe and Mail. Being a reader of print edition I've noticed that the biggest advertisers on many days are "institutional" charities -- especially publicly-funded ...