Non-Profit Information and Resources

Becoming a Non-Profit

Here are some great links to help you learn more about becoming a non-profit organization.

Non-Profit FAQs

Question
There are two kinds of non-profit organizations; charitable or membership. What's the difference?

Answer

Charitable Non-profit
  • May or may not have members.
  • Carries on its activities primarily for the benefit of the public.
  • Is usually funded by donations, grants or other public money.
  • Requires at least one director (board member).
Membership Non-profit
  • Has members.
  • Carries on activities primarily for the benefit of its members.
  • Financed by its members through membership fees, etc. It does not usually solicit donations from the public or receive government grants.
  • Requires at least three directors (board members).

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Question
Does registering our non-profit as a charitable coporation make our organization a registered charity and able to give tax receipts?

Answer
NO.  In order to give tax receipts, your organization must also become a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency. This 4-step process requires a different sent of paperwork. You can, however, be a charitable non-profit corporation and not be a registered charity. The South West District is!

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Confused? Have more questions? We can help. Give us a call and we'll walk you through some of the details so you can make the right choice.