The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars. Registration is free but space is limited. Topics are subject to change. More information on each of these webinars and how to register is provided below:

Philanthropic Naming and Sponsorship Rights

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 12 PM EDT

Philanthropic naming and sponsorship rights are important aspects of philanthropy and fundraising. Having the right policies in place is critical to a successful donor recognition program that involves naming. In this interactive session, Vincent Duckworth will share what’s disrupting philanthropic naming in Canada and how your organization can prepare policies that will give comfort to donors and sponsors and protect your organization.

Vincent E. Duckworth, BSc, CFRE
President and CEO, ViTreo Group Inc.

Vincent is internationally recognized as a leading expert on campaign design, strategy and major gift performance. He is also Canada’s authority on philanthropic naming. His chapter on philanthropic naming can be found in the definitive Canadian fundraising reference: Excellence in Fundraising in Canada: Volume Two.

Vincent has been a leader in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years. He is the President & CEO of ViTreo Group Inc. He is also the host of ViTreo’s popular monthly podcast, Braintrust Philanthropy and he curates a widely read weekly recap of sector news.

Register for the webinar presentation: Philanthropic Naming and Sponsorship Rights on Wednesday, March 24 at 12PM EDT.

The philanthropic sector and Atlantic Indigenous communities

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12 PM EDT

This presentation will be presented by Richard Bridge, who is a charity lawyer based in Nova Scotia. The focus of his recent work has been to help build new relationships between the philanthropic sector and Indigenous communities. His presentation will provide updates on the work of three related organizations in Atlantic Canada:

– Ulnooweg Development Group – a non-profit organization;
– Ulnooweg Education Centre – a charitable organization; and
– Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation – a charitable foundation.

He will also speak to and field questions about qualified donee status for First Nations organizations.


Register for the webinar presentation: The Philanthropic Sector and Atlantic Indigenous Communities on Wednesday, April 28 at 12 PM EDT.


Giving Together: How Generous Families in Canada are Navigating Family Continuity and Community

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 12PM EDT

Families are important drivers of philanthropy in Canada, with family enterprises alone accounting for more than 60% of Canada’s GDP. This philanthropic capacity and influence requires us to think more deeply about families who give together.

Drawing from her recent research on family philanthropy in Canada, and her experience working with generous families internationally, Dr. Sharilyn Hale will share current trends and her insights on how philanthropy is helping families achieve both family and community objectives.

Why do families give together? How are they giving? How are they engaging across generations and geography? What do they need to be effective?

This session is geared to families that give together, professional advisors to families, and those who work with philanthropic families in the charitable community.

About Dr. Sharilyn Hale, C.Dir, MFA-P

Dr. Sharilyn Hale helps those who give, give well. As President of Watermark Philanthropic Counsel, she enables philanthropists and their families to unearth and achieve their philanthropic goals, integrating her expertise in philanthropic strategy, family engagement, organizational development, and governance.

With a career spanning the philanthropic sector, Sharilyn’s doctoral research focused on governance and family philanthropy in Canada, shedding light on how families approach giving together. The resulting Family Philanthropy Governance Model she developed serves as a valuable roadmap for generous families.

Sharilyn is an advisor with 21/64 to support multi-generational family philanthropy, is a Chartered Director, and holds the Master Financial Advisor – Philanthropy (MFA-P) credential. She was among a group of leaders to initiate Canada’s first graduate degree program in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University, where she is a member of the Advisory Council; and she serves as Vice Chair of the Toronto Public Library Foundation.

Register for the webinar presentation: Giving Together: How Generous Families in Canada are Navigating Family Continuity and Community on Wednesday, May 12 at 12 PM EDT.


Fundraising Strategy for Small Nonprofits

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 12PM EDT

You keep hearing that you need a fundraising strategy, but what does that even mean? At its core, a strategy helps you bring clarity to your fundraising and focus your energies so you can get more traction with what you’re doing.

In this 1-hour webinar, you’ll learn how to find the right fundraising strategy that will work for your organization:

– why your fundraising strategy should be unique to your organization
– what information do you need to build an aligned fundraising strategy
– how to turn that strategy into action
– action to take right away

This webinar will be presented by Cindy Wagman. Cindy Wagman is the President and Founder of The Good Partnership, a values-driven, social-justice informed consultancy that is working to unlock the potential of small Canadian charities through fundraising support. Cindy became a Certified Fundraising Executive in 2009 and received her MBA from the Rotman School at the University of Toronto in 2013. Cindy has presented for AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals), CanadaHelps, CharityVillage, the Centre for Social Innovation, and the city of York Region, and has taught fundraising at Humber College. She is the host of The Small Nonprofit podcast, Canada’s #1 podcast for charities.

Register for the webinar presentation: Fundraising Strategy for Small Nonprofits on Tuesday, June 8 at 12 PM EDT.


If you are interested in online courses dealing with charity law and charity compliance in Canada you might find some of these paid online courses helpful.



  • Webinar on CRA’s CHAMP system for registered charities
  • Fundamentals of Employment Law for Charities and Non-Profits
  • So now you are a registered charity. What is next?
  • Should we set up a Canadian Charity and if so how?
  • Currency Exchange Cost Cutting Strategies for International Development Work
  • Philanthropy and First Nations with Richard Bridge 
  • ONCA is Coming in 2020: Should We Doing Anything Now?
  • Introduction to Risk Management for charities and non-profits
  • Dangers of Restricted Gifts
  • Growing up and becoming Canadian – Ontario (OCA) to Federal (CNCA) continuance and select CRA issues with continuance
  • Business and social enterprise for charities
  • Foreign Activities 101: Introduction to Canadian charities carrying out foreign activities
  • Should we set up a Canadian Charity and if so how?
  • Top 10 Charity Law Issues for Canadian Registered Charities
  • Federal Non-Profit Corporations and the CNCA continuance – October 17 is around the corner!
  • Charitable Receipting – The Do’s and Don’ts with Mark Blumberg
  • Groundbreaking Report: Time, Treasure and Talent: Canadian Women and Philanthropy
  • Fundraising Accountability and Transparency
  • Surviving and Thriving as a CNCA Corporation
  • Operating in Difficult Areas
  • First Nations and Philanthropy
  • Top Employment Law Mistakes Made by Charities and Non-Profits
  • Lessons in Not-for-Profit Corporate Law: Tales from the Courts
  • Donor Advised funds
  • Political Activities
  • Online Giving in Canada: Where are we now, where are we going, what are the risks?
  • The Importance of an Employment Agreement for Canadian Charities and Non-Profits
  • Compassion Fatigue Education and Self-Care for International Development Workers
  • Business activities and Canadian registered charities
  • 7 Deadly Sins of Sponsorship
  • The Rules of Lobbying in Canada for Canadian charities and non-profits
  • Webinar to discuss the CRA’s new consultation on political activities with Mark Blumberg
  • Everybody Wins! Best Practices in Charity Board Recruitment
  • Keeping your corporate records up to date
  • Termination and Dismissal in Ontario
  • Top Charity Law Issues for Canadian Registered Charities
  • Strategies for professional athletes interested in philanthropy in Canada
  • Minimizing Risk in your Onboarding of Volunteers and Staff
  • How to Read and Understand Financial Statements and Reports for Your Small to Mid-Size Charity or Not-for-profit Organization