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Charities and Not-for-profit Fundraising Handbook, 2nd Edition

Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 0-433-44787-7
Pages 236
Language English only
Price $90.00
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Written by Donald J. Bourgeois.
Published by Butterworths, 2006.


Charitable and non-profit endeavours must deal with a host of important legal issues and obligations in the course of successful fundraising. Charities and Not-for-profit Fundraising Handbook provides authoritative legal guidance on all aspects of fundraising issues in Canada. Fundraising in Canada is governed by a number of important legal obligations that are contained in a variety of statutes. This book examines those obligations in depth, explaining them clearly and setting out the procedures necessary to ensure compliance. Significant statutes covered include: Charities Accounting Act; Charitable Gifts Act; Charitable Fund-Raising Act; Charities Endorsement Act; Competition Act; Income Tax Act.

Also covered are topics such as:
  • What qualifies as bona fide charitable and not-for-profit endeavour and maintaining charitable and not-for-profit status
  • Ethical and legal standards to which directors and officers are held during the course of fundraising
  • Accounting standards that organizations must comply with and the procedures that should be followed to ensure effective management practices
  • The benefits of charitable registration and the registration process
  • Legal and practical guidelines for lotteries, bingo, raffles etc.
  • Risk management and insurance for special events
  • Unique features and benefits of using a web site to assist in raising funds
  • Special legal and accounting considerations with respect to planned giving
Plus, this comprehensive text analyzes the Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act, which applies strict rules to the selling, bartering or rental of donor, membership or fundraising lists.

New to the second edition:
  • Expansion and updating of Chapter 1 on the context of Fundraising providing better understanding of the competition and expectations that exist in the Charitable and Not-for-Profit world
  • Expansion and updating of the definition of “Charitable and Not-for-Profit” purposes in a fundraising content offering a clearer, more up-to-date understanding of what charities can and cannot do
  • New Chapter discusses keeping your charitable registration through compliance with the Canada Revenue Agency
  • Substantial expansion of the discussion of the roles of Officers and Directors particularly with regards to:
    • Strategies for fundraising including a discussion on the practical “rules” of fundraising and the pyramid of giving (a conceptual framework for donor development)
    • Ethical accountability including a discussion of the Accord between the Government of Canada and the Voluntary Sector and the Code of Good Practice on Funding
    • Compliance with the law with regards to fundraising activities including updated legislation, the Telecommunications Act, new Anti-Terrorism legislation pertaining to charities, and charity legislation in Saskatchewan and P.E.I.
Author Donald J. Bourgeois is one of Canada’s leading authorities on charitable and not-for-profit law. He is counsel to Carters Professional Corporation, a boutique law firm specializing in charitable and not-for-profit matters.

Charities and Not-for-profit Fundraising Handbook, 2nd Edition is endorsed by Imagine Canada.

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