A full-day course on compliance issues for a Canadian operating charity and how to run a charity.


There are almost 86,000 Canadian registered charities. About 74,500 are “charitable organizations” that conduct their own activities whether by using volunteers, employees or intermediaries that are not charities. Some charitable organizations even make gifts to other charities.

This program will focus on compliance issues with an emphasis on those specifically relevant to charitable organizations that are registered charities in Canada.

It is vital that directors and staff of charitable organizations understand their legal obligations to avoid problems such as compliance agreements, penalties, revocation, and directors and officers becoming ineligible individuals.

[If you are involved in running a private or public foundation you might find this other course more helpful]

Topics will include:

  • Introduction
  • Every Charity is different
  • How is your charity designated?
  • Key documents and information
  • What constraints apply to your organization?
  • Structure and Corporate Law
  • CNCA
  • Legal Objects
  • Organizing Documents
  • Operating under the CNCA
  • OCA and ONCA
  • Trusts and Unincorporated Associations
  • Operating a Registered
  • Revenue
  • Fundraising and Restricted Gifts
  • Government Funds
  • Earned Income/Business Activities/Social Enterprise
  • Investments
  • Receipting
  • Expenditures
  • Making grants to qualified donees and due diligence
  • Grant Agreements for Gifts to Qualified Donees
  • Charitable Activities by employees and volunteers
  • Making grants to non-qualified donees in Canada and outside of Canada
  • Political Activities (Public policy dialogue and development activities (PPDDAs)
  • Administration
  • What is good governance?
  • Key issues for some organizations
  • T3010 and Transparency
  • Books and Records
  • Internal Controls
  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • Collaboration
  • Multiple Structures and Increased Flexibility
  • Separation and Independence from Entities that are not Canadian Registered Charities
  • How to deal with a CRA Charity Audit and factors used to determine who to audit
  • Resources for Charities

Fundamentals of Running a Canadian Charitable Organization/Operating Charity 2020 will be of interest to

  • staff and volunteers at charitable organizations responsible for governance, financial management and compliance issues;
  • professional advisors such as lawyers, accountants, investment advisors who advise registered charities; and
  • board members of Canadian registered charities.

For lawyers, this event may qualifies for 6 hours of Law Society of Ontario Substantive Hours but does not qualify for Professionalism Hours. For accountants, this may count as 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development.