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Partnering with government

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
December 19, 2011

From coast to coast, provincial and federal decision-makers are recognizing, some in word and some in deed, the importance of supporting nonprofits and charities to help better communities countrywide. The following is a snapshot of a few of the current and pending government-nonprofit sector initiatives from across the country.

The challenges facing rural nonprofits

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
December 5, 2011

Lack of funding is a common theme for every organization in the sector, especially in the arts. But, the issue can be much more significant in rural communities. Find out the challenges facing rural nonprofits, as well as how they are effectively meeting these challenges to remain sustainable.

Governance Q&A: Who gets the loyalty points?

Written By: Jane Garthson
December 5, 2011

Many organizations require staff to charge expenses to their personal credit cards, reimbursing them at a later date. But if the employee collects loyalty points on their cards, is it ethical for the employee to keep them rather than donate them back to the organization?

Charity Intelligence: Transparent on transparency?

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
November 21, 2011

In an economic climate that's already impacting the flow of donor dollars to the nonprofit sector, Canadian charities, foundations and nonprofits are crying foul over the recent launch and national media coverage of a charity appraisal search engine by a self-appointed watchdog organization that casts a shadow over them all.

Re-Act: How will the CNCA affect you?

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
November 14, 2011

The Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA) finally received Royal Assent on June 23, 2009 and came into force on October 17, 2011. Though still early for any far-reaching conclusions in terms of impact and implications, some changes are worth a preliminary mention.

Due diligence in foreign charity aid

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
November 14, 2011

Back in 2010, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) released new charity guidance entitled Canadian Registered Charities Carrying out Activities Outside Canada. As the title implies, it has to do with how organizations can legally allocate funding for charitable work outside of Canada, as organizations are prohibited from simply funnelling donor dollars from the Great White North to a foreign-operated charity or NGO, even if that organization shares the same mission and vision as the Canadian one.

Knowing what’s right and failing to do it

Written By: Jack Shand
November 7, 2011

Volunteers and staff have all experienced a wayward member who is considered the loose cannon in the organization, known for wreaking havoc on boards and committees. By not addressing the issues caused by this person, you may be putting your organization at risk.

Governance Q&A: Should nonprofits serve alcohol?

Written By: Anne Buchanan
November 7, 2011

A reader wonders whether an organization should foot the bill for alcohol served at staff retreats and events.

Beyond the premiums: Understanding nonprofit insurance

Written By: Derek Grieve
October 31, 2011

All nonprofits have administrative tasks that need to be taken care of, and one that is absolutely a necessity is insurance. There are four major factors that influence your insurance premium. Here they are in no particular order.

Governance Q&A: Should boards recommend candidates for election?

Written By: Jane Garthson
October 3, 2011

A reader wonders whether it is ethical for a nonprofit organization's board of directors to recommend candidates to fill vacancies.

Not a standard revolution

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
October 3, 2011

Imagine Canada's reaction to the recently proposed Bill C-470 that would seek to cap charitable salaries.

Internships and the law: What you need to know

Written By: Shaun Smith
September 12, 2011

Does your nonprofit use interns? If so, here's a question your human-resources managers need to be asking: Is your internship program potentially exposing your organization to legal action?

Governance Q&A: Can staff be forced into shared service agreements?

Written By: Jane Garthson
September 6, 2011

Can my nonprofit make me serve another organization without my consent?

Asking the right question

Written By: Roberto Alvarez
August 15, 2011

This article shows why problems would be more easily solved if managers only asked the right questions.

When it's time for founders to exit

Written By: Jack Shand
August 2, 2011

This article helps the founding members of an organization recognize when it's time to move on.

Governance Q&A: When membership is not defined

Written By: Jane Garthson
August 2, 2011

Our bylaws do not define a "member" and we have no membership fee. Is it ethical to just let all adult attendees at the upcoming annual general meeting vote? Or all volunteers and staff?

Governance Q&A: Paying for board service?

Written By: Jane Garthson
July 4, 2011

Some of the directors of my nonprofit want to be paid a per diem for board and board committee work. Is this ethical?

The Canada Revenue Agency gets physical

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
June 21, 2011

When the federal government announced its budget on June 6, one of the measures within it made Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Associations (RCAAAs) sit up and take notice.

Governance Q&A: Should family members serve on the same board?

Written By: Jane Garthson
June 7, 2011

My organization just elected a married couple to its board. Is this ethical?

The Manitoba Initiative

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
May 17, 2011

In early April, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger grabbed the attention of sector organizations by announcing his province was set to provide "stable funding and less red tape" for nonprofits. He's beginning by launching a two-year pilot project designed to evaluate and establish the best methods to provide one-stop government funding.

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