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Should I start a Non-Profit

Provides a comprehensive list of considerations and action steps to help you decide if starting a new non-profit is the best way to achieve your goal. Click here to download the PDF

Your Guide to Applying to be a Registered Charity

Provides an outline of the steps to prepare your application to be a registered charity along with links to resources and guidelines from the Canada Revenue Agency. Click here to download the PDF

Your Guide to Starting a Non-Profit

Provides an overview of the structure of a non-profit entity, considerations to operating a non-profit and the steps to becoming incorporated. Click here to download the PDF

Your Guide to Winding-up a Charity

Review the key issues which directors should consider when making the decision to close the doors and shut down a charity. Click here to download the PDF

Guideline on Human Rights and COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements (August 2021)

 

Factsheet: COVID-19 and the Human Rights code

 



Cyber Security: What do you need to know?

Learn more about how you can best protect your organization against cyber crime through CyberSecure Canada. The Government of Canada's cybersecurity certificate is designed specifically for non-profits wanting to take proactive steps to protect themselves.

The facilitator, Nigel Russell is a Policy Analyst and CyberSecure Canada Advisor headquartered in Calgary.

Special guest speaker, Hernán Popper - POPP3R Cybersecurity - asks relevant questions about your organization and it's vulnerability to cyber crime and offers his expertise.

This webinar will be of interest to all organizations who want to learn more about Canada's cybersecurity landscape, the top threats affecting non-profit organizations, CyberSecure Canada, and the immediate steps you can take to protect your organization. You will develop the skills and knowledge needed to begin working towards CyberSecure Canada's Certification and access the program's free Online E-Learning Modules covering the absolute essentials in non-profit cybersecurity.

Useful links to other websites:

• CyberSecure Canada Online E-Learning Modules
• CyberSecure Canada Customizable Templates
• CyberSecure Canada Online Self-Assessment
• CyberSecure Canada Website
• Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity Website
• RCMP Anti Fraud Centre Website

(60 mins, Recorded January 19, 2022)



Understanding Key Financial Statements for Non-Profits

Assiniboine Credit Union Lunch & Learn Series with Volunteer Manitoba - Session 1

This session reviews 2 primary financial statements (Balance Sheet and Income/Expense Statement) used to assess the financial health of non-profit organizations. Key ratios used to monitor the financial stability of the organization are discussed to provide non-profit Management and Boards insights on what lenders/investors look for.

At the end of the recording, participants will understand:

  • Key components of the Balance Sheet & Revenue/Expense Statement
  • How Management and Board can use statements to monitor financial health and stability
  • How Lenders assess risk reviewing non-profit financial statements

Facilitator:

As Director, Community Financial Centre at Assiniboine Credit Union (ACU), Nigel Mohammed leads a team of specialists with expertise in providing creative financing solutions to support not for profits, social enterprises, cooperatives and small businesses.

This unique Centre is the only one of its kind in Manitoba as an example of how "community banking" can contribute to building stronger local economies and more inclusive civil societies.

Nigel's career spans over 30years in banking and within the non-profit sector in Canada and across the eastern Caribbean, the last 20years contributing to the evolution ACU's social finance and values based banking focus.

Nigel has the International Credit Union Development Educator (I-CUDE) designation along with Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and continues to share his experience serving on community Boards.



Specific Loan programs/partnerships available to access credit
(CSBF Loan, Jubilee Fund)

Assiniboine Credit Union Lunch & Learn Series with Volunteer Manitoba - Session 2

This session builds on Session 1 (Understanding Key Financial Statements for Non-Profits) by discussing the different sources of capital available to non-profits including types of debt instruments, government loan guarantee program and community partnerships.

At the end of the session, participants will understand:

  • Features and benefits of different types of Capital
  • Eligibility and criteria under the CSBF government loan guarantee program
  • Eligibility and criteria under the Jubilee Fund guarantee

Facilitator:

As Director, Community Financial Centre at Assiniboine Credit Union (ACU), Nigel Mohammed leads a team of specialists with expertise in providing creative financing solutions to support not for profits, social enterprises, cooperatives and small businesses.

Special Guest Speaker:

Peter Cantelon, Executive Director of the Jubilee Fund, Manitoba's only charitable, ethical investment fund to offer financial help for local non-profits and social enterprises working to reduce the impact of poverty.

Links shared in this Session:

https://theconversation.com/amp/how-covid-19-could-transform-non-profit-organizations-153254

www.50.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/45-28-0001/2021001/article/00042-eng.htm

https://digitalmanitobainitiative.com



Banking in a Post-COVID Era

Assiniboine Credit Union Lunch & Learn Series with Volunteer Manitoba - Session 3

This session provides an overview of how technology continues to influence banking and opportunities for non-profits to achieve greater efficiencies and capacities within its operations. At the end of the recording, participants will understand how the following services can reduce administrative costs, attract/retain employees, enhance employee productivity, and reduce paper usage within their organization:

  • On-line banking
  • Corporate cards
  • Electronic Funds Transfer
  • Payroll Services
  • Group Benefits Plan

Facilitator:

As Director, Community Financial Centre at Assiniboine Credit Union (ACU), Nigel Mohammed leads a team of specialists with expertise in providing creative financing solutions to support not for profits, social enterprises, cooperatives and small businesses.

Special Guest Speaker:

Anneke Pantin, Management Specialist, Business Financial Centre, Assiniboine Credit Union

 



Additional Resources

Corporations Canada's Online By-law Builder

Allows you to create by-laws for your corporation under the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (NFP Act). It allows you to customize the by-laws to better meet your corporation's needs.

 


Manitoba Corporations Act

Manitoba legislation governing all corporations, including non-profits, registered in Manitoba.

 


Volunteer Canada Non-Profit Insurance Program

Insurance programs for non-profit and charitable organizations including Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance.