Uncharitable Treatment? Why Donations to Private and Public Foundations Deserve Equal Tax Status

A Payne, Huizi Zhao

CD Howe Institute | Published : 2007


Canada’s public foundations and charities got a helping hand from Ottawa last year when the May federal budget removed the capital gains tax on listed securities given as donations. While the change facilitated gifts of stock to these public organizations, their philanthropic cousins, private foundations, did not benefit. This differential treatment potentially discourages donations to, and the development of, private foundations.