Charities & Not-for-Profit Law
Recent legislative changes have increased the complexity of not-for-profit and charity law in Canada. The Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Group at Ross & McBride LLP has unrivaled experience in assisting clients in navigating these changes.
At Ross & McBride LLP we help organizations operate more effectively, with greater transparency and accountability to their stakeholders.
We advise and represent not-for-profit and charitable organizations in such matters as:
- Charitable registration under the Income Tax Act
- Legal advocacy
- Maintaining charitable status and dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
- Transition under the new federal and provincial corporate legislation
- Updating by-laws and review of governance and operational matters
- Assistance with organizing and holding meetings for members and other stakeholders
- Advising on political activities within CRA rules
- Facilitating foreign operations by Canadian not-for-profits and charities
- Employment matters
- Major agreements with donors and funders
- Legal and ethical issues with fundraising, fundraising contracts, gifts, and planned giving
- Partnerships, affiliations, and mergers
- Protection of intellectual property – copyright and trade-marks
- Educational programs for boards, staff, and volunteers on legal and ethical issues
Our lawyers are involved with the not-for-profit and charitable sector not only as advisors, but as volunteers. This volunteer experience allows us to better understand the needs of our clients.