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10 Key Ways to Manage Legal Risk for NPOs

10 Key Ways to Manage Legal Risk for NPOs

It is important to manage legal risk for NPOs. For these Not-for-Profit organizations (NPO), there are often many requirements and guidelines to follow. Especially regarding funding and leadership. To ensure compliance, your organization's board and senior management must conduct regular legal check-ups. This will ensure proper due diligence and prevent costly mistakes and avoid exposure to legal liability. According to Carters Professional Corporation, the following 10 tips identify key issues that charities and NPOs should address for effective legal risk management.      

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CRA is no longer providing T3010 charity return barcode labels

CRA is no longer providing T3010 charity return barcode labels

As of November 2018, CRA will no longer provide peel and stick barcode labels with the Registered Charity Information Return (T3010) package. These barcodes contained the charity’s BN/registration number and the charity’s fiscal year end date. You will continue to receive the Registered Charity Basic Information Sheet (Form TF725) with the package, however, the barcode labels will no longer be on the back of it.

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Beware of Legal Issues Around Social Media for your Organization

Beware of Legal Issues Around Social Media for your Organization
July 11, 2018

There is no denying that social media's importance to businesses and organizations, including not-for-profit organizations (NPOs), is growing exponentially. Just this past year, Facebook hit 2 billion monthly users, and this number continues to grow (Tech Crunch, 2017). This makes Facebook the largest social platform.

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10 Tips for Effective Legal Risk Management for NPOs

10 Tips for Effective Legal Risk Management for NPOs

In order to ensure compliance with legal requirements, and to avoid exposure to legal liability, it is important that the board and senior management of charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations (NPOs) undertake regular legal check-ups to ensure proper due diligence. According to Carters Professional Corporation, the following 10 tips identify key issues that charities and NPOs should address for effective legal risk management.

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It’s Time to Update Your Donation Tax Receipt!

It’s Time to Update Your Donation Tax Receipt!
March 13, 2018

It’s time to update your donation tax receipt! Why? The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has changed their website address from www.cra-arc.gc.ca to www.canada.ca. The new URL, canada.ca/charities-giving, will need to be included on donation receipts for not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) and charities. Although the old website does redirect to the new one, it is highly advised for NPOs to update their official donation receipts to reflect the new URL. Please update your official donation receipts to have the correct website address. The deadline to make this change is March 31st, 2019. If you have already printed receipts with the old URL, it is okay to still use them as long as they are updated by the deadline.

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How to Retain First-time Donors

How to Retain First-time Donors

With 2018 here, many people may have made it their new year’s resolution to donate to charities and not-for-profit organizations (NPO) for the very first time. How exciting – people want to choose your cause to donate towards! This means the donor recognizes your organization to be effective in trying to achieve its mission, and has been given the feeling that he/she is part of an important cause. Although this is all very exciting, it is important to make lasting impressions with first-time donors so that they will want to give back again.

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Are You Maintaining Good Organizational Governance?

Are You Maintaining Good Organizational Governance?

Do you know if your organization is maintaining good organizational governance? Good organizational governance is imperative to an organization for passing the will and interest of your stakeholders. As a director, you can ask yourself these questions to evaluate your management:

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Federal Budget 2017: Impact on Charities and Not-for-Profits

Federal Budget 2017: Impact on Charities and Not-for-Profits

CRA Sheds Some Light on the Charitable Sector

CRA Sheds Some Light on the Charitable Sector

Our 3rd Annual Risk Management Seminar – A Huge Success!

Our 3rd Annual Risk Management Seminar – A Huge Success!
November 26, 2015

On the morning of Tuesday, October 20th, RLB hosted its 3rd Annual Not-for-Profit Risk Management Seminar, titled “New Age Risks: Is Your Organization Ready?”, in collaboration with Stevenson and Hunt, and Gowlings. Each year, the purpose of this seminar is to inform attendees about emerging risks that not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) within our community may be exposed to. Given the number of different organizations that attend, this seminar offers a great opportunity for networking and sharing among not-for-profit representatives.

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