CAGP makes submission to 2021 pre-budget consultations

The federal government launched its 2021 pre-budget consultations in January, providing an opportunity for experts and interested parties to share ideas about how the 2021 Budget can support Canadians through the pandemic and help the country “build back better”.

CAGP typically makes a submission to pre-budget consultations, sharing our views on how philanthropy can be strengthened through enhanced strategic giving vehicles, and with new or improved tax policy to incentivize and amplify charitable giving. Our Government Relations Committee deliberated on the matter, giving particular consideration to our current social and economic context.

CAGP Writes To The BC Regulator for Clarity on Gifts of Life Insurance

Recently, the BC Financial Services Authority released a further bulletin on “Charitable donation of Life Insurance Policies in British Columbia” . We know this issue has been of great concern to our members in British Columbia and across Canada over the past year. As part of their bulletin, the Authority has encouraged the charitable sector to both communicate current best practices for gifts of life insurance, and to develop a document on this important area of philanthropy.

The literacy of grief and death is more important than ever

It’s a bizarre time, to say the very least. I, maybe like you, am riding endless waves of thoughts and feelings through this COVID pandemic. One minute, fighting back a lump in my throat while scrolling endless newsfeed of horrific stories of the dangers for front line workers – some of who are my colleagues and friends. The next minute, finding much needed laughter with my sister virtually while practicing Cher’s early 90s Hot Dance routine on my back deck.

Let’s celebrate the spirit of collaboration and sharing!


This month we wanted to highlight a great idea that is growing in the legacy marketing community – gathering to talk about marketing and metrics. We have a group that meets in the Greater Toronto Area and our member Sarah who recently moved from Toronto to Vancouver, was part of organizing the first one there, late last year.

My Favourite Planned Gift: Robert Kleinman

We asked advanced leaders in our Government Relations Committee to share their thoughts on modern planned giving.  Today’s post comes from a longtime member, volunteer and strategist Robert Kleinman, whose insight will be of value to charitable and financial gift planners alike. 

Achieve the MFA-P™ Designation as a Philanthropy Services Specialist


Together with Knowledge Bureau and Spire Philanthropy, we are pleased to announce that all three online courses in the MFA-P™ -  designation program are now available.  The program, which has been written and tested over the past year, will allow advisors to obtain specialized professional credentials that enable them to provide formal gifting plans for individuals and families interested in strategic philanthropy.

Reflections from CAGP on the final report from the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector

This past Thursday, June 20th, the Special Senate Committee released Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector, the long-awaited report of its findings and recommendations, stemming from a mandate to study Canada’s charitable and non-profit sector and the many challenges it faces.  

Where Will My Stars Go? A review of Your Digital Undertaker: Exploring Death in the Digital Age in Canada


Project Management seems to be a bit of a buzzword these days. It may be the new ‘innovation’ or ‘synergy’, but the way author Sharon Hartung applies project management techniques to dealing with estate planning in her book Your Digital Undertakeris nothing short of brilliant...

Capital Gains and Gifts of Real Estate/PrivateCo Shares – Pre-election Advocacy

We’re pleased to provide another update on Don Johnson’s continued advocacy efforts for the removal of capital gains tax on charitable donations of private company shares and real estate, and to share his recent letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau, as well as the Finance Minister’s reply to Mr. Johnson.

CAGP CEO Ruth MacKenzie speaks on IMPACT at The Walrus Talks Ottawa

On February 27, 2019, CAGP CEO Ruth MacKenzie was part of an esteemed group of speakers who were invited to speak on the topic of IMPACT at Carleton University.  Watch the video now.