Civil Society Under Attack

Although politicians and powerful players pay lip service to civil society, the reality on the ground is different. Ask the human rights defender sentenced to ten years in jail in Uzbekistan or the Bosnian anti-corruption group forced to suspend its activities. It is doubtful these individuals would think their work was being properly valued or…

Insurance Issues for Charities

Introduction and Overview Insurance may be “essential” for charities but it is not always available or affordable. Further, charities may not always understand what their real risks are and how those risks can be managed and mitigated through a combination of risk transfer mechanisms such as insurance, indemnities, adherence to best practices, and seeking appropriate…

Charities and Compliance with Anti-Terrorism Legislation: A Due Diligence Response

1. Introduction As discussed in the first part of this article, “Charities and Compliance with Anti-Terrorism Legislation: The Shadow of the Law,” published in volume 19, number 1 of The Philanthropist, a “new day” has arrived for charities in Canada. The new reality that charities face involves understanding several aspects of Canada’s anti-terrorism legislation, including…

Selected Issues Regarding the Liability of Directors and Officers of Charitable and Nonprofit Corporations1

Introduction The state of the law in Ontario2 respecting the liability of directors and officers of charitable and nonprofit corporations3 is unsettled and unsatisfactory. On the one hand, the Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) has taken a public position that would, for all intents and purposes, assimilate the role of directors and officers of charitable4…

You May Be Doing More Planned Giving Than You Think

Like the man who was surprised to find he’d been “speaking prose all his life without knowing it”, many development officers are surprised to find they’ve been practising planned giving under several other names. Most charities have received a bequest, a life insurance policy, a parcel of real estate, or a large capital gift. Those…