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Canadian Federal Issues

As the largest association of philanthropic fundraisers, AFP knows the profession like no one else. AFP's objectives include informing the public about the fundraising profession, and protecting the best interests of fundraising whenever related laws and regulations are developed.

Parliament Considers Bill to Permanently Recognize NPD
(June 8, 2010) On March 4, 2010, Senator Terry M. Mercer, CFRE (Liberal, Nova Scotia-Northend Halifax) introduced Bill S-203 that would permanently recognize National Philanthropy Day every November 15th. The bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. On June 3, 2010, the bill was heard at Committee and will be reported back to the Senate on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, where it will await 3rd reading.

AFP Applauds Elimination of Charitable Disbursement Quota in Canadian Budget
March 5, 2010 (Toronto, Ontario) - The Canadian federal government included in its 2010 proposed budget a provision to eliminate the disbursement quota for charitable organizations, a decision supported by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and charities across the country.

New Elections Will Delay Consideration of NPD Bill, Other Legislation
(Sept. 8, 2008) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will call for national elections on Oct. 14, essentially delaying any work by Parliament on the National Philanthropy Day bill and other legislation until late in the year.   

National Philanthropy Day Vote Postponed Until Fall 2008
(June 30, 2008) Despite a deluge of support from AFP members and fundraisers across Canada, the House of Commons failed to vote on Bill S-204, the National Philanthropy Day (NPD) legislation.   

AFP Co-Hosts Summit to Strengthen Canadian Nonprofit Sector
(June 16, 2008) On May 27, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Volunteer Canada and Imagine Canada came together to host The Summit, an event that brought together nearly 250 nonprofit leaders with the aim of identifying practical ways to build a more sustainable charitable and nonprofit sector in Canada.   

Urge Your MP to Pass National Philanthropy Day Legislation
(May 9, 2008) A government-recognized National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is finally within our grasp, and AFP needs your help one more time.   

Canadian Budget Includes Provisions to Advance Charitable Giving
(April 28, 2008) The federal government’s 2008 budget includes several provisions affecting charitable giving, including a slight expansion of the exemption for gifts of securities from the capital gains tax.   

National Philanthropy Day® Bill Set for Consideration by Canadian Senate
(April 21, 2008) A bill to create a government-recognized and sponsored National Philanthropy Day® in Canada has been approved by a Senate committee and could be voted upon in the next couple of weeks.     

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