CHARITY GOVERNANCE AND COMPLIANCE

Running a Charity is like any other business – full of paperwork! You’re doing this because you love The Work not the legal paperwork. But, with great programming comes great responsibility – to make sure deals get done well.

Protect your organization

Our Charity Governance services includes contract drafting and review, property purchase and sale, leasing, policies and procedures, intellectual property protection, and labor and employment law.

Property

We advise and represent Charities and Not-for-Profits in relation to all legal aspects of their property-related dealings, including:

  • Purchases
  • Sales
  • Transfers
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Preparing, reviewing and negotiating easements over land
  • Property taxes and exemptions
  • Due Deligence
  • Disputes

Workplace and people issues

Advice for all employment laws and advise and develop appropriate contracts and policies for all types of working arrangements, including:

  • Employements
  • Indepentdant Contracts
  • Volunteers
  • Dispute Resolutions
  • Risk and Safety
  • Mistconduct Inverstigation
  • Human Resource Consulting
  • HR issues related to mergers/acquisitions/divestments

Governance

We provide strategic and practical advice to Directors of Charities and Not-for-Profits on:

  • Compliance and risk management, including governance structures
  • Modernizing Membership Structures
  • Governance Duties
  • Revising Bylaws
  • Appointment and termination of directors
  • Board Policies
  • Due Deligence
  • Privacy Issues
  • Failures and breaches of duties by directors or officers

GIFTS, CHARITABLE FUNDRAISING & PROMOTIONS

Advising on all legal and tax aspects associated with raising funds as a charity and Not-for-Profit, including:

  • Advising on gift deductibility
  • Reviewing Promitional Material
  • Advising charities, philanthropists and corporate foundations on sponsorships
  • Reviewing Receipts
  • intellectual property licensing for promotional purposes
  • Advertising and marketing law, including advice regarding branding and marketing strategies.

CHARTIABLE TRUSTS

Providing services related to the effective creation, organization and administration of trusts, including:

  • Advising in relation to bequests to charities
  • Amendments to Trust deeds
  • Advising in relation to charitable trust purposes
  • Cy pres and other trust variation schemes
  • And advising in relation to charitable trust proceedings in court.

DISPUTES & REGULATORY REVIEWS

DISPUTES & REGULATORY REVIEWS Includes following:

  • Contract Disputes
  • Membership and governance
  • Regulatory, negligence and liability issues
  • Contract and service disputes
  • Regulatory and administrative disputes
  • And negligence (defense of actual or threatened proceedings)

BRAND, INFORMATION & REPUTATION PROTECTION

Advising On:

  • Intellectual property use and protection
  • Privacy laws
  • Copyrights
  • Trademarks
  • Confidentiality
  • General commercial law including terms and conditions
  • Contract review and preparation

Tax

We advise on tax laws relating to charities, not-for-profits and philanthropy, including:

  • Whether your organization is eligible to become tax exempt
  • HST
  • Property tax exemptions for charities
  • Tax deductibility of donations
  • Compliance Reviews
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