Blake Bromley
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Blake Bromley is one of the world's foremost experts in charity law, and the recognized pioneer of charitable law and gifting in Canada. He is the President and Principal lawyer of Benefic, a boutique firm focused exclusively on the benevolent sector.

He works with donors, charities, foundations and governments on legal, financial and strategic issues, and has incorporated and registered over 650 charities. He has planned, negotiated, and closed over a billion dollars worth of inter vivos gifting, plus several times that in future testamentary gifts.

He focuses on policy and strategy in domestic and international philanthropy, advising governments in China, Russia, Vietnam, England, Australia, South Africa, and Eastern Europe on drafting their laws governing rights and tax privileges of social organizations. Blake shares his thoughts on his blog, facebook and twitter.

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Tribute to Stephen Lloyd: Creator of Community Interest Companies

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 3:03 PM

The charity world lost one of its most important and innovative intellectual leaders. On August 20, London lawyer Stephen Lloyd died in a tragic boating accident while on holiday in Wales.

Very few Canadians knew of Stephen Lloyd. However, the charitable sector in Canada is indebted to...

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All This CRA Bickering Is Distracting Charities From Their Real Work

(2) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 12:05 PM

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue says that it is "absolutely shameful" to suggest that Canada Revenue Agency officials auditing charities could "somehow fall under political influence." With that highly calibrated sense of righteous indignation, one hopes that Conservative MP Gerald Keddy does...

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This Conservative Attack Dog Should Not Bite Trudeau

(12) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 6:11 PM

The conservative attack dog, whose attacks on environmental charities precipitated "political activities" audits by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), has now turned his attention to Muslim mosques and Justin Trudeau.

While it is too late to turn back politicization of CRA's Charities Directorate with regard to environmental...

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The CRA Should Learn That Charities Can Have Controversial Views

(11) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 5:20 PM

Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) very public and aggressive program of auditing the alleged political activities of charities is being conducted in spite of the fact that the law of charity upon which CRA purports to rely is moving in the opposite direction.

In a recent piece on

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Don't Select Charities To Audit Based On Their Political Leanings

(4) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 5:22 PM

It was "always a bit tricky", Cathy Hawara told the Globe and Mail, when Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) "gave consideration to, you know, what you might call political leanings, to make sure that we weren't only focusing on one side of the political spectrum."

Ms. Hawara's acknowledgement that...

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Should Charities Be Allowed to Participate in Politics?

(6) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 7:56 AM

Last Friday, I wrote about an "advocacy chill" growing in Canada due to politicization of the Charities Directorate at Canada Revenue Agency and referred to last week's legal decision in England, of the Charity Tribunal, which held that "promoting the sound administration of the...

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Does the Government Have in Hand in Which Charities Get Audited?

(9) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 12:23 PM

Concern is growing in Canada over the politicization of the Charities Directorate at Canada Revenue Agency. On the same day that the issue was covered by the Globe and Mail and the CBC, CRA emailed everyone on its "Charities and Giving" list the Director...

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Giving Money Towards Maternal Health Is Only Part of a Solution

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 11:28 AM

Press headlines covering the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Summit held in Toronto May 28-30, 2014 focused on the money. $3.5 billion is enough to command the attention of the press. The magnitude of the financial commitment by Prime Minister Stephen Harper is easier to understand...

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Why We Should Admire Justin Trudeau's Answer Instead of Mocking It

(79) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 4:33 PM

Justin Trudeau has "shocked" the media by providing an unusual response to a question posed to him during a fundraising event. When asked which nation, besides Canada, he most admires and why, Trudeau could have provided a "safe" answer and said the United States. Instead, Trudeau had the courage to...

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Harper Cuts Down Rights like They're Trees

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 7:17 PM

On a day when many were celebrating the 30th anniversary of the signing of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Stephen Harper's government was almost silent on the topic. The press highlighted the Charter's global significance with headlines like "The Charter proves to be Canada's gift to world"....

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We Don't Want No Foreign Funding

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 7:34 AM

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has told Canadians: "Free your pennies from their prisons at home and donate them to charity." However, he does not want you to liberate American pennies from the prisons in your home by donating them to charity.

The...

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New Counter-Terrorism Strategy Overlooks Most Obvious Breeding Ground

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2012 | 10:47 AM

On February 9, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews released Canada's counter-terrorism strategy entitled Building Resilience Against Terrorism. The headline of the Globe and Mail's response read, "Ottawa's new anti-terrorism strategy lists eco-extremists as threats."

Despite the Globe's attention-grabbing headline, the Counter-Terrorism Strategy does not focus on...

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