• Standard D1 Explained

    Why is it important to have written HR policies? HR policies detail your organization’s expectations of its staff and ensure that employees are treated ethically and in compliance will all applicable legislation. HR policies also help to formalize your organization’s unique work culture, implement...

  • Standard C4 Explained

    Definition: Planned Gift1A planned gift is any major gift, made in lifetime or at death, as part of a donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning. Why must organizations encourage donors to seek independent advice before conferring a Planned Gift or a gift that could significantly affect a...

  • Standard B6 Explained

    Definition: Statutory Remittances1Legally required payments to government (e.g., tax, EI, CPP). What kinds of statutory remittances could my organization be required to pay? Statutory remittances could include tax deductions from staff salaries, employment insurance premiums, and Canada Pension...

  • Standard A10 Explained

    Definition: Stakeholders1A stakeholder is a person, group or organization that has a direct or indirect stake in the organization because he/she/it can affect or be affected by the objectives, actions and policies of the organization. Who are my organization’s stakeholders and why do we need to...

  • Charitable activity - examples

    In the following hypothetical examples, the charity is called Healthy Retirement and was formed to promote the health of seniors in Canada. It has received a lot of media attention on its recently released, well-reasoned position on the hazards for seniors of using marked crosswalks. It concludes...

  • Standard D2 Explained

    Why do HR management policies need to be made accessible to all employees? In order for HR management policies to be implemented effectively, they must be thoroughly understood by all staff. Ideally, the behaviours and actions outlined in your HR management policies become part of your organization...

  • Standard C5 Explained

    What is a gift-in-kind? A gift-in-kind is a gift of any property excluding cash. Gifts-in-kind could include gifts of real property (land or buildings), personal use property (an item used in a personal rather than a business context, for example clothing), intangible property (investments), or...

  • Standard B7 Explained

    What are fundraising activities? The CRA defines fundraising as “any activity that includes a solicitation of present or future donations of cash or gifts in kind, whether the solicitation is explicit or implied.”1 Why do nonprofit and charitable organizations need to ensure that their fundraising...

  • Standard A11 Explained

    What are codes of ethics / conduct and why are they important? Codes of ethics or codes of conduct present the ethical principles that guide behaviour and decision-making within an organization. The purpose of the policy is to provide staff, volunteers and other interested persons with guidelines...

  • Donations received as a result of an obligation or inducement

    Charities cannot issue tax receipts for donations when: the donor was required to make the donation (for example, as the result of a court order) or the donor was induced in any way to make a donation that he or she otherwise would not have made. In these cases, the donation is not...

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