|Provides services in: ALBERTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, MANITOBA, NEW BRUNSWICK, NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR, NOVA SCOTIA, ONTARIO, PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS, SASKATCHEWAN, International
Blumberg Segal LLP provides legal services and advice to Canadian non-profits and charities.
We assist with many matters including:
-incorporating, organizing and obtaining registered Canadian charitable status;
-ongoing administrative, regulatory, legal and ethical issues for non-profits and charities including ones involving the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA);
-corporate advice including with the Canada Corporations Act and the Ontario Corporations Act;
-we assist U.S. or foreign charities interested in operating and fundraising in Canada
-we assist Canadian non-profits and charities conducting foreign activities.
We have helped non-profits and charities with issues relating to appropriate objects, trust agreements, creating and changing by-laws, disbursement quotas, planned giving and fundraising, managing volunteers, bequest and legacy provisions, amalgamations and reorganizations and mergers, setting up donor advised funds, board governance issues, and operational issues. We can assist with arranging and operating members and directors meetings. We are sometimes retained to conduct legal audits or review of client's operations.
We have particular expertise and advise Canadian charities that conduct foreign activities and help foreign charities that wish to operate in Canada. We regularly prepare agency, joint venture, joint ministry and other structured arrangements that direct and control Canadian charity's operations outside of Canada. Blumbergs maintains www.globalphilanthropy.ca a website which provides legal, ethical and practical information to Canadian non-profits and charities that are conducting, or interested in conducting, foreign activities including international development, humanitarian assistance, and education. As well, GlobalPhilanthropy.ca provides insights to foreign charities interested in fundraising in Canada, especially those involved with international development and humanitarian assistance activities outside of Canada.
We also advise non-profits and charities with respect to everyday business issues such as employment agreements, leases, protection of intellectual property rights such as trade marks and copyright, insurance, risk management and avoidance of litigation. We help charities understand complexities in fundraising and planned giving.
The charitable sector has become highly competitive. Donors, regulators, the media, and others have increasingly high standards for charities and their operations. We increasingly assist charities of all sizes with informal legal audits to identify for the charity and their board of directors potential legal and governance concerns. We understand that legal issues are only one of many matters that a charity, its executive director and board has to deal with. We then work with the charity to prioritize action items and deal with the concerns in a way that provides the least disruption to the operation of a charity and its mission. In this way a non-profit or charity can proactively resolve issues so that donor, regulator, and media attention will remain focused on the good work of the charity and not distracted by issues that should have been resolved.