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:

The philanthropic sector and Atlantic Indigenous communities

Friday, April 30, 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 Friday, April 30 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.

The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (“ONCA”) is coming and what Ontario non-profit corporations do about it?

Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 12PM EDT

ONCA was originally passed in 2010 and was expected to come into force in 2013, but unfortunately, it has been delayed many times. When ONCA comes into force it will apply to all non-share capital corporations currently under the Ontario Corporations Act (“OCA”). What should your OCA corporation do? There are a number of options and we will discuss them in this webinar including not doing anything at the moment, making changes before ONCA comes in and another viable option for an Ontario non-profit corporation is to transfer to the federal jurisdiction by continuing under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”) and avoid all the uncertainty and delay around ONCA.

Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively with Canadian non-profits and registered charities on compliance issues. Mark is also the editor of at www.CanadianCharityLaw.ca – a Canadian charity law website dedicated to news about the Canadian charitable sector as well as legal and ethical issues for Canadian charities operating in Canada or abroad.

Register for the webinar presentation: The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (“ONCA”) is coming and what Ontario non-profit corporations do about it? on Thursday, July 15 at 12 PM EDT.

 

Should we set up a Canadian Charity and if so how?

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 12PM EDT

Establishing a non-profit with or without charitable status is a difficult decision with significant responsibilities. This presentation will discuss:

  • The differences between non-profit and charity
  • Issues to consider when exploring charitable registration
  • How to set-up a non-profit or charity
  • How to apply for charitable status
  • Common mistakes made in applying for charitable status
  • Why many organizations would be better off not applying for charitable status

This webinar will be presented by Maddy Sawyer. Maddy is an associate lawyer at Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto who works exclusively with charities and non-profit organizations in Canada. Maddy is also a regular contributor to www.CanadianCharityLaw.ca  – a Canadian charity law website dedicated to news about the Canadian charitable sector as well as legal and ethical issues for Canadian charities operating in Canada or abroad.

Register for the webinar presentation: Should we set up a Canadian Charity and if so how? on Tuesday, August 17 at 12 PM EDT.

 

Gift Acceptance: To Accept or Not To Accept – That is Not the Only Question

Thursday, September 16 2021 at 12PM EDT

Charitable donations come in many shapes and sizes, and many charities think they must accept anything and everything that is offered to them. However, there are many considerations that charities should think about when it comes to donation, including whether or not they should accept certain gifts, in order to protect the charity’s operations and reputation.

This presentation will cover:

  • What is a “Gift”;
  • Appraisals and Gifts in Kind;
  • Gift Restrictions;
  • Gift Agreements; and
  • Gift Acceptance Policies.

This webinar will be presented by Adam Greco. Adam is an associate lawyer at Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto who works exclusively with charities and non-profit organizations in Canada. His work is focused on employment issues, gift acceptance policies, gift agreements and other charity law issues.

Register for the webinar presentation: Gift Acceptance: To Accept or Not To Accept – That is Not the Only Question on Thursday, September 16 at 12 PM EDT.

 

Charitable Receipting – The Do’s and Don’ts

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12PM EDT

Canadian charities issue approximately $18 billion in receipts each year.  According to CRA most charities do not receipt correctly.

Topics covered in this presentation include:

  • When are charities are allowed to issue official donation receipts (“tax receipts”)?
  • Top receipting mistakes
  • Review of information required on official charitable tax receipts
  • What is a gift?
  • Is the donation a gift?
  • Is there is an obligation to issue receipts?
  • Who is the donor?
  • What is the eligible amount of gift and how to determine fair market value?
  • What is split receipting and how does it affect galas, golf and other fundraisers?
  • How to correct or replace official donation receipts?
  • Use of computer generated and e-mail receipts?
  • Problems, abuses and consequences of improper receipts
  • CRA’s sample official donation receipts

Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively with Canadian non-profits and registered charities on compliance issues. Mark is also the editor of at www.CanadianCharityLaw.ca – a Canadian charity law website dedicated to news about the Canadian charitable sector as well as legal and ethical issues for Canadian charities operating in Canada or abroad.

Register for the webinar presentation: Charitable Receipting – The Do’s and Don’ts on Tuesday, October 19 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.

 


​PAST WEBINARS

  • 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