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. 

A new Gift Planning Designation for Advisors? Why this IS a big deal.

The partnership between the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and The Knowledge Bureau is a watershed moment for CAGP and a seminal moment for charitable gift planning in Canada. HERE’S WHY... by Brad Offman

CAGP's 25th National Conference on Strategy Philanthropy: A ‘First-timers’ Perspective

My very first official engagement with CAGP was at this year’s 25th National Conference on Strategy Philanthropy in Winnipeg. In a nutshell – I was both impressed, and relieved. Let me unpack that statement a little. 

The Red Lanyard Experience: CAGP Conference 2018

I have never been to a CAGP conference. In fact, until 2 years ago I had not idea what the acronym CAGP stood for. With just one CAGP conference, I have become a groupie and a donor. Let me tell you why: 

Behind the Scenes of a CAGP Conference

While my experience was different than most, I clearly recall my first CAGP Conference. Of course, it doesn’t date back 10-15+ years as with many who may be reading this; just five years, but what was unique for my experience was that my history with CAGP was just 8 days long, and I was now the leader of this organization. This was going to be my foreseeable future. 

Talking About Talking About Philanthropy - The Advisor/Client Conversation

  • Two-thirds of the wealth in Canada is self-made.
  • Others have inherited their wealth.
  • Entrepreneurship is the dominant source of self-made wealth.
  • By 2025, 2 million Canadians will retire; 1 million of them will be businessowners.
  • A $1 trillion transfer of wealth from one generation of Canadians to the next is expected over the next 20 years.