Engaging in allowable activities
A registered charity must be created for charitable purposes and must devote its resources (funds, personnel, and property) to charitable activities. A registered charity is permitted to carry out its charitable purposes, both inside and outside Canada, in only two ways: by carrying on its own charitable activities, and by gifting to qualified donees.
Is the charity aware of the following requirements:
☐ Contact the Charities Directorate if the charity plans to engage in new activities that were not identified in its application for registration, to ensure they qualify as charitable.
☐ If working through intermediaries such as an agent, a contractor, or any other non-qualified donee, the charity must be able to demonstrate that it retains direction and control over the use of it resources. (For example, the charity could enter into a formal written agreement with the intermediary body.)
☐ Do not engage in any activities that may directly or indirectly support or facilitate an act of terrorism.
☐ Do not engage in any prohibited political activities, such as supporting or opposing a political party or candidate for public office.
☐ Gift only to qualified donees (for example, other registered charities).
☐ Engage in only related business activities that accomplish or promote the charity's purposes, if the charity is designated as a charitable organization or a public foundation.
☐ Do not engage in any business activities if the charity is designated as a private foundation.
- CPS - 022, Political Activities
- CPS - 019, What is a Related Business?
- Canadian Registered Charities Carrying Out Activities Outside Canada
This checklist is for the charity's use only. Do not mail to the CRA or file with the return.
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