150 Profiles: Manvir Bhangu

As we mark the 150th anniversary of confederation, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the non-profit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector. Name: Manvir Bhangu Current role in the sector: Founder of Laadliyan, Celebrating Daughters and Newcomer Youth Settlement Worker at Malton Neighbourhood Services Years working…

What’s The Law: Avoiding Mission Drift: A Due Diligence Approach

A charity is a very organic entity. After a charity has been established, it is not uncommon to find that its focus, mission, objectives, and programs have gradually evolved. “Mission drift” often refers to the gradual diversion of a charity’s activities from its stated purposes. It does not refer to a deliberate and strategic change…

What’s The Law: The New Not-for-Profit Corporations Acts

The increased focus on governance in the corporate world has resulted in new regulations in the nonprofit sector. One of the major changes is occurring in the area of corporate law. Federally, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act1 (CNCA) was proclaimed in force on October 17, 2011, and will replace Part II of the Canada Corporations…

Natural Justice, Members, and the Not-For-Profit Organization: “Fair Play in Action”

“Natural Justice is but fairness writ large and juridically. It has been described as “fair play in action”.1 Introduction In recent years, a number of cases have emerged that have considered the application of natural justice rules to the decisions of not-for-profit organizations. The emergence of these cases is not surprising considering the ever increasing…

Serving As Secretary

Introduction This article has been prepared as an aide memoire for those accepting the position of Secretary to an organization incorporated as a “not-for-profit” or registered charity. The emphasis is on the practical, hands-on nature of the job and, in consequence, the data underlying the principles and actions recommended here have not been tabulated: to…

Towards a Reformed Non-Profit Corporations Statute!

1. Introduction Alberta Bill 54 of 1987, the Volunteer Incorporations Act. will regulate the incorporation and operation of Alberta non-profit corporatiOns. It was introduced in the Alberta Legislature in June 1987, given first reading, and allowed to stand over for comment. The Legislature is expected to enact a revised version when legislative time can be…