Not-for-Profit Organizations

Should Not-for-Profit Incorporate?

Should you Incorporate your Not-For-Profit Organization?

Incorporation can require a lot of paperwork and involves incurring legal fees, all of which may lead you to ask, is it worth it? No federal or provincial legislation requires a Not-for-Profit Organization (NPO) to incorporate. Like anything in life, there are both benefits and costs associated with incorporation. The answer to whether or not an NPO should incorporate does not have a “one size fits all” solution. Each NPO needs to consider its activities, …

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Not For Profit Organizations

Are Not-for-Profit Organizations required to file tax returns?

Not-for-Profit Organizations (“NPOs”) that are incorporated under Federal or Provincial legislation are generally exempt from corporate income tax under the Income Tax Act. However, in most cases, an NPO is still required to file a tax return(s). It is important to note that an NPO is different from a Registered Charity (“Charity”). A Charity needs to apply to the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) for charitable registration. A Charity is exempt from tax and can issue …

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Tips and Traps to Avoid to be an Effective Treasurer

Tips and Traps to Avoid to be An Effective Treasurer

To be successful a non-profit or charitable organization must earn the trust and respect of its donors and funders. Due to an organization’s financial management being directly tied to the Treasurer’s responsibilities, their execution of these responsibilities will have an impact on the public’s perception and confidence in the organization as a whole. When an organization is seeking a Treasurer they should keep this top of mind and look for individuals with strong financial literacy …

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Eight Tips for Preventing Fraud in Not-for-Profit Organizations

Eight Tips for Preventing Fraud in Not-for-Profit Organizations

Many organizations feel that, due to their small size, they are not susceptible to fraud. Unfortunately, this is not true. Even the smallest of organizations have been, and can be, targets of fraud. In fact, smaller organizations have disproportionately large losses from asset misappropriation, and are much less likely to recover from a fraud. This is due to the fact that they often employ friends, family and other “trusted individuals,” and rely on trust rather …

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