Interview: CRA’s Director General of charities says Non-Qualified Donee policy a key priority and Donor Advised Fund data changes coming this fall

It’s likely hundreds of funders will need to update their “charitable purposes” in order to be able to grant to non-qualified donees, according to Sharmila Khare, head of the Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Directorate.

Why It Matters

CRA’s Charities Directorate is, perhaps, the closest thing the charitable sector has to a “home in government” at the federal level. How the team handles key policy files — like boosting the disbursement quota rate and collecting new data on Donor Advised Funds — will affect the sector for years to come.

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It’s an exciting time for charity policy geeks.

Last year, the government issued a whack of promises in Federal Budget 2022 that have widespread implications for the sector.

Soon, foundations with assets of more than $1 million will need to kick out more money to the sector each ye

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