There are many options for those who want to have an impact in this world and establishing a registered charity is one of them


Establishing a non-profit with or without charitable status is a difficult decision with significant responsibilities.

The topics covered in this presentation include:

  • Options for Structuring an initiative for public good such as a Social Enterprise, Non-profit or Charity
  • How to achieve ‘good’ both inside and outside the charitable sector
  • Should we join an existing charitable organization? [short and detailed version)
  • Should We Obtain Registered Charity Status or Just be Non-Profit?
  • Issues to consider and why each situation is different?
  • Problems with alternative arrangements such as “fiscal sponsorship”, “trusteeship” or shared platforms
  • Incorporation and Organization of Non-Profit Corporation
  • Should we establish a Federal or provincial non-profit?
  • The importance of objects and organizing the non-profit corporation including directors and members
  • How to Apply for Registered Charity Status in Canada
  • The costs and timelines for establishing for-profits, non-profits and registered charities
  • The benefits of having more than one structure (i.e. charity, non-profit and for-profit) in some cases