Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations

We understand the need, challenges and importance of charities and not-for-profit organizations. Therefore, our creative problem-solving and strategic thinking attracts our clients to our charities and not-for-profit organizations. We work with many different types of not-for-profit organizations, including charitable organizations, foreign entities, religious organizations, community groups, service clubs, trade organizations, governmental and quasi-governmental entities, and recreational clubs by sharing our pool of experience and knowledge for those engaged in joint ventures and many special interest groups.

Our Experience

Prowse Chowne LLP is involved in community organizations and charities as advisors and directors, being active volunteers and greatly enhancing collective expertise. Our solicitors working in this practice area are experienced in all facets of the law affecting charities and not-for-profit organizations. We can structure your organization and provide expert advice on ongoing operations and management issues, tax-related issues including special requirements for the disbursement of donated funds, GST-related issues, and members’ and directors’ duties and responsibilities along with ways to avoid liability.

Our Engagements

Based on clients’ broad interests and activities, our professionals share our expertise in health care, international development, environmental protection, social services, education and religion. In all areas of intellectual property, taxation, corporate and commercial litigation, real estate, employment and public matters, we provide a gamut of services to charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Our clients range from the largest charities in Canada to smaller organizations that include colleges, universities, schools, churches and other religious groups, hospitals, environmental groups, trade and professional associations.

We help resolve any tax issues that may arise, based on our in-depth understanding of Canadian and provincial tax legislation. We also help charities and not-for-profit organizations to meet the challenges of increased oversight by federal and provincial regulators, increased compliance requirements and increased public scrutiny. Our lawyers are also encouraged to participate and give back to communities. Many volunteers work with our lawyers from governmental committees to improve the sustainability and viability of the sector. Such experiences also provide us with an opportunity to interpret the issues our clients face and effectively resolve them.

Our Professionals