Legal Workshops

IntegralOrg's series of legal workshops are free 1-hour virtual discussions by legal specialists on a range of legal issues relevant to nonprofits and charities. They are designed for nonprofit management, board members, staff, and volunteers.

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Charitable Funding Changes to Pay Attention to in 2023
Thursday, February 23, 1-2pm with Yvonne Chenier

Did you know that all registered charities in Canada can now make “qualifying disbursements” to a “grantee organization” and that there have been changes to the “disbursement quota” amounts?

Recent changes to the Income Tax Act will impact funding for many nonprofit organizations in 2023. While the much anticipated Bill S-216 was not passed, a registered charity may now grant funds in the form of “qualifying disbursements” to grantee organizations that are “non-qualified donees” (an organization that is not a registered charity). This is as long as accountability requirements are met and the grant is made in furtherance of a charitable purpose of the charity.

Also, the disbursement quota has recently increased from 3.5% to 5% for all registered charities. The disbursement quota is the minimum amount that a registered charity must spend on their charitable activities on an annual basis.

This change may mean new opportunities for additional funding if, for example, your organization relies on funding from other organizations.

In this webinar, you will hear the latest on the following:

  • Definitions of key terms outlined by Canada's Income Tax Act: disbursement quota, qualifying disbursement, and non-qualified donee & more
  • What types of organizations do these amendments affect?
  • How do I determine what type of impact the amendments will have?
  • Guidance on how ensure compliance with these new regulations and make the most of potential opportunities for funding.

Yvonne Chenier will be joined by guest experts Kate Pedlow, LLBand Stella Penner, FCA, FCGA, CA.


Watch past events!

Employment Standards: From Policy to Practice
Thursday, October 13, 2022

This webinar goes beyond the fundamentals of employment standards and addresses some of the common pitfalls that can result in costly problems for charities and nonprofit organizations. Melissa Rico, an employment standards specialist and Partner at Carbert Waite LLP, and Kate Ashton, a Chartered Professional in Human Resources with Salopek & Associates, are featured guest speakers alongside moderator Yvonne Chenier.

This webinar covers: common mistakes and resource draining practices in charities and nonprofits dealing with employment law; key considerations for organizations with employees or volunteers who work with vulnerable people; key HR management strategies in addressing working retention; and best practices and common pitfalls in the application of employment standards. Video link


Understanding Director's Liability: What Board Members Need to Know
Thursday, November 17, 2022

What is your liability as a nonprofit board director (member)?  

If you serve on a nonprofit board, you have both responsibilities and liabilities. This interactive session for nonprofit board members and leaders covers:  Sources of risk for directors; the obligation to manage risk to the organization and personal risk; and risk avoidance, mitigation, and management. David Sevalrud, partner at Carscallen LLP, presents, alongside moderator Yvonne Chenier of IntegralOrg. Video link.


For free introductory webinars on topics of interest to nonprofit organizations, check out IntegralOrg's INTEGRALIntros series.

Do you want to level up your knowledge? You may be interested in IntegralOrg's additional training in governancefinancelegal compliance, or risk management.

Disclaimer: IntegralOrg does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any of the information provided in these webinars. All content and information is provided on an “as is” basis and IntegralOrg hereby expressly disclaims all liability for any action or omission taken as a result of relying on such content or information, or for any loss or damage suffered as a result of this action or omission. Neither IntegralOrg nor any of its employees or agents shall be liable for any damages, either direct, indirect, special, consequential, punitive or other damages (including but not limited to financial losses, loss of data, loss of profits, loss of business and business interruption) arising out of the use of the content and information provided herein.


Recent changes to the disubursement quota for registered charities. Yvonne Chenier, January 12, 2023