The charities and not-for-profit (NFP) sector is one of the largest contributors to the Canadian economy and encompasses a wide range of organizations and activities. Members of the NFP sector need to manage many of the same business and legal issues that companies in the private sector face. NFPs must also cope with the additional overlay of an increasingly complex regulatory environment. Consequently, organizations in the NFP sector face multi-faceted legal issues that require innovative, practical and effective solutions from legal advisers who understand the sector and its unique opportunities and challenges.

We understand the NFP sector, both as legal advisors and as volunteers. Allen McDonald Swartz LLP encourages its team members to pursue worthwhile causes and the partners are active volunteers in the NFP sector, which greatly enhances our expertise. For more information about our commitment to the NFP sector, visit the Giving Back section of our website.

We regularly provide advice to a wide variety of charitable and NFP organizations, including governmental and quasi-governmental entities, cultural institutions, healthcare organizations, educational organizations and trade associations. We have experience counselling on a wide range of legal matters affecting the sector, including incorporation, organization and charitable registration, regulatory compliance, governance, conflict of interest, director and officer liability issues, procurement issues, fundraising, contractual matters, and anti-spam compliance. Clients appreciate that our approach allows us to represent them efficiently and cost-effectively in business dealings, risk management, and regulatory matters.