RC19. What would stop an organization from being registered as a charity?

RC19. What would stop an organization from being registered as a charity?

The factors that prevent organizations from being registered as a charity are:

  • not resident of Canada
  • not established solely for charitable purposes
  • not devoting all its resources to charitable activities
  • giving gifts to organizations that are not qualified donees (that is, other registered charities)
  • providing personal benefits directly or indirectly to members, shareholders, directors, and/or trustees. This does not include benefits to such persons who are legitimate recipients of a charitable program.
  • private benevolence, that is providing benefit to a particular individual or private group
  • political purposes, that is, furthering the interest of a political party or candidate for public office, or retaining or changing the laws of any level of government in Canada or in foreign countries
  • commercial purposes with the intent to make a profit
  • activities that are illegal or contrary to Canadian public policy
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