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Credit-proofing charity assets

Most charities and not-for-profit organizations are incorporated as non share capital corporations. These corporations are considered separate legal entities from their members or directors. This ‘separateness’ protects the members (and to a large extent directors) from being personally liable in the event the organization finds itself liable for damages as a result of a court finding.

 

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Enhancing quality and correcting the threat of intimidation in reporting obligations

To start the year with a challenge, perhaps consider this as one of your organization’s new year’s resolutions, addressing or correcting the threat of intimidation within reporting obligations inside your organization. What am I talking about? To illustrate,

 

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Do you report your EFTs to FINTRAC?

Chances are you’re no stranger to electronic funds transfers. Broadly speaking, an EFT can mean any type of standard non-paper payment, including debit and credit card payments, email or wire money transfers (both domestic and international) and direct payroll deposits. Most organizations handle at least some of these transactions every day. The key question for businesses is: How do you keep track of these electronic transfers and, if necessary, register them with the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada?

 

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beansTalk – a social network for bean counters

If you think Facebook is too personal and LinkedIn too general, maybe beansTalk is the social network for you—if you’re an accounting professional, that is.

 

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Another look at governance disclosure

Despite the rosy picture the CSA paints, I’m not surprised that many organizations are falling short of their governance disclosure obligations. With respect to National Instrument 58-101 – Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices, the CSA found “unacceptable” shortcomings in 55 percent of reviewed organizations’ disclosures, compared to 36 percent in 2007. In this instance, reporting is getting much worse, not better.

 

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Are spreadsheets part of your IFRS conversion plan?

I bet more than a few of our readers use spreadsheets in their accounting, payroll and HR processes. You might even be thinking of (or currently) using them in your efforts to convert from GAAP to IFRS. And why wouldn’t you? The CICA says, “Spreadsheets are dynamic tools that can provide a wide variety of functionality at minimal cost. Consequently, in an environment of stringent deadlines and temporary data processing needs, they are used to fill the gaps in functionality within the computing environment”. But there are risks…

 

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