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Overview of record keeping obligations for non-profit organizations and registered charities

While non–profit organizations and charities are usually busy carrying out the purposes of their organization, record keeping often takes a back seat to other priorities. However, good record keeping practices by a non–profit organization or a registered charity should not be overlooked.

 

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Canada’s anti-spam legislation – myths and misconceptions

Over the past months, I have been writing, lecturing and advising on Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL). In discussing the legislation, I have encountered many myths and misconceptions about CASL and its implications. This is not surprising. The legislation and accompanying regulations create a complex and often confusing regulatory regime that contains more questions than answers.

 

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Why every charity should consider incorporation

Before a group can be registered as a charity, there has to actually be some legal thing to register. This means that every charity faces the choice of which legal structure to use. A charity can be constituted as a trust, an unincorporated association, or a corporation.

 

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Slaw: Adjudicator decides Legal Aid Society a not-for-profit subject to PIPA

On February 11, 2013, an adjudicator of the Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner decided that Alberta’s Legal Aid Society is subject to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), with consequences for all non-profit organizations that conduct activities with a commercial character. . .

 

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Ontario government releases plan to help not-for-profit organizations

Over eight months in 2010, the Ontario government consulted with not-for-profit organizations and their representatives on ways that the government could better support the NFP sector. “Participants advised on legislation, policies, structural issues and funding mechanisms. They also contributed ideas on how to better coordinate policy, research and communication with and for the sector.”

 

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What qualities make a good non-profit director?

How can a not-for-profit organization ensure that its board members are living up to their responsibilities? How will they know whether their performance measures up to expectations? Can wide-ranging assessments of board members’ performance provide useful information to individual members and the board as a whole to help the board and its organization reach their potential?

 

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Not-for-Profit: Ontario announces plan for partnership with NPOs

On April 22, the government of Ontario announced that it will develop a long-term plan for its partnership with the not-for-profit sector in collaboration with the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

 

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Charities, not-for-profits and the Income Tax Act: recent developments

I recently read a couple of articles dealing with the relationship between not-for-profit organizations and the Canada Revenue Agency, particularly with respect to fraudulent charitable tax receipts and what non-profits can do about accidental profits.

 

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