BC is a hotbed of crowdfunding in Canada: a fresh way to support social enterprise launch and growth?

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA’s) 2015 conference in Vancouver. I approached this event with an eye to learning how crowdfunding might be used by groups wishing to fund their social enterprise start-ups or growth plans. […]

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Structure Shop – slideshow on legal structures for social enterprise, including BC’s C3 option

Supported by legal experts, the BC Centre for Social Enterprise, under its fee-based, non-profit project ‘The Structure Shop’, assists groups to navigate the Canadian menu of available legal structures for social enterprise, to find the best fit for their projects. […]

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Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good: Priorities for Canada

Here is the link to the G7 document Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good: Priorities for Canada (Sept 2014). This paper outlines tangible recommendations for legislative and regulatory change, to enable social enterprise in Canada. […]

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Five easy ways to jeopardize your charity

If you are associated with a charitable organization in Canada, do read on. Share this information with Board members, other appropriate volunteers, and staff. […]

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Considering the destination of profits test in Canada

The destination of profits test (or ‘destination test’ for short) is simply this: if the profits generated by a non-profit are redirected towards the organization to support it or to unleash more impacts based on its core community purposes, then the profits are tax-free. […]

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Social enterprise in Canada: structural options

Of special interest to the Centre is the range of legal structure options available to house social enterprise in Canada. The importance of measuring considerations such as motivation, control / governance, market, and capital against the menu of structural choices cannot be stressed enough. […]

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Commentary: CRA update on its Community Economic Development guidance

In 2012, CRA released new guidance called Community Economic Development Activities and Charitable Registration (CG-014), which replaced a 1999 document entitled Registered Charities: Community Economic Development Programs (RC4143). […]

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Social Enterprise Legal Structure – options and prospects for a ‘Made in Canada’ solution

In 2011, funded by the Institute for Nonprofit Studies (Mount Royal University), we partnered with the SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development to develop a research project […]

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