The Small Nonprofit Podcast: Legal mistakes your small charity is making and how to fix them with Mark Blumberg

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Does the T3010 confuse (or maybe even scare) you? Legal problems are something that all organizations face and the rules around them aren’t always clear. So how can we make sure we’re not only compliant, but doing it right the first time? Today we’re talking with Mark Blumberg, a thought-leader in the legal space, about what legal mistakes can look like, how to avoid them, and other best practices around the legal aspect of your organization.

In this episode, you’ll learn about:

  • The difference between the two types of nonprofit organizations in Canada
  • How to issue tax receipts and the rules around it
  • Hiring your children - is that legally okay?
  • Protecting your organization with the Front Page Test
  • Breaking down the T3010 and filing returns
  • The legal rules of fundraising

With over 20 years of experience working with small nonprofits in Canada and abroad, Mark carefully goes through the do’s and don’ts of common charity challenges.

Listen to the full episode now on our Small Nonprofit Podcast landing page!

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Resources from this Episode

Want more information? Be sure to check out Mark’s top resources on his blog or on his website and sign up for his FREE monthly newsletter for the latest information on Canadian charity law and compliance. Have a question that didn’t get answered in the episode? Feel free to email Mark directly at or send off a tweet to @canadiancharity.

Watch Mark's recorded webinars for CharityVillage: Top Charity Compliance Issues for Canadian Registered Charities and Charitable Receipting Dos and Don'ts.

If your charitable tax receipting needs extra work, try the Receipting Charitable Gifts eLearning course from CharityVillage.

As mentioned in the episode, you can call the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) directly at 1-800-267-2384 for general questions about your nonprofit.

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Cindy Wagman spent 15 years as an in-house fundraiser at organizations large and small before founding The Good Partnership – a boutique fundraising firm focused on small nonprofits. She has worked in social justice, health, arts, and education organizations. She has overseen and executed everything from annual campaigns to multi-million dollar gifts. She became a Certified Fundraising Executive in 2009 and received her MBA from Rotman at the University of Toronto in 2013.

With more than ten years of experience in development, staff and stakeholder management, strategic thinking, partnerships, board governance, and program development, Aine McGlynn is a diversely talented, self-starter committed to finding creative solutions in unexpected places. Aine holds a PhD from U of T and has a history of academic publishing, along with her decade of nonprofit sector experience. She is a practitioner-scholar focused on how to help nonprofits build their capacity to be successful at fundraising.

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