4. Legal Volunteer for Bylaws and CRA Policy

Organization Details
Organization Name: Humanitarian Solidarity for Development and Empowerment
Address: 14
Penticton Bay
Winnipeg MB  R2J 1S9
Organizational Description: We are a nonprofit organisation that works to reduce poverty and increase well-being through solidarity and sustainable development to empower individuals or communities.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Volunteer Opportunity ID: 5224
Description of Duties:

Legal Volunteer for Bylaws and CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) compliance for a nonprofit organization, your duties may include:

1. Reviewing and Drafting Bylaws: Assist in reviewing and updating the organization's bylaws to ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations. This may involve drafting new bylaws or amendments to existing ones.

2. Researching Legal Requirements: Conduct research on legal requirements related to nonprofit governance, including CRA regulations for charitable organizations. Stay updated on changes in laws and regulations that may impact the organization's operations.

3. Providing Legal Advice: Offer guidance and legal advice to the organization's leadership and board members on matters related to bylaws, governance structures, and compliance with CRA regulations.

4. Preparing Legal Documents: Prepare legal documents such as resolutions, minutes of meetings, and official correspondence related to bylaws, governance, and compliance matters.

5. Ensuring Compliance with CRA Regulations: Ensure that the organization complies with CRA regulations for charitable status, including maintaining accurate records, filing required reports and returns, and adhering to fundraising guidelines.

6. *Training and Education*: Provide training and educational sessions for board members, staff, and volunteers on legal and governance matters, including their roles and responsibilities under the organization's bylaws and CRA regulations.

7. Risk Management: Identify legal risks and potential compliance issues facing the organization and develop strategies to mitigate risks and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

8. Collaboration with External Legal Counsel: Coordinate with external legal counsel as needed for complex legal matters, filings with government agencies, or representation in legal proceedings.

9. Monitoring Legal Developments: Stay informed about legal developments, precedents, and best practices in nonprofit governance and CRA compliance, and make recommendations for updates or changes to organizational policies and procedures.

10. Maintaining Confidentiality: Handle sensitive legal information with discretion and maintain confidentiality in all legal matters involving the organization.

11. Supporting Board Governance: Assist the board of directors in fulfilling its governance responsibilities, including facilitating board meetings, preparing agendas, and ensuring compliance with bylaws and legal requirements.

Skills Required:

Skills and knowledge Required

1. Legal Knowledge: A strong understanding of legal principles, particularly related to nonprofit organizations, bylaws, governance structures, and compliance requirements set forth by the CRA.

2. Familiarity with NGOs Bylaws: Experience in drafting, reviewing, and amending organizational bylaws to ensure they align with the organization's mission and comply with legal regulations.

3. Compliance Expertise: Knowledge of CRA regulations and requirements for nonprofit organizations, including charitable registration, tax-exempt status, and reporting obligations.

4. Analytical Skills: The ability to analyze legal documents, identify potential issues or areas of improvement, and propose solutions to ensure compliance with regulations.

5. Communication Skills: Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential for effectively communicating legal concepts to stakeholders, drafting legal documents, and collaborating with team members.

6. Attention to Detail: Being detail-oriented is crucial when working on legal matters to ensure accuracy and compliance with laws and regulations.

7. Problem-Solving Skills: The ability to identify legal challenges, research solutions, and develop strategies to address them effectively.

8. Teamwork: Collaborating with other volunteers, board members, and staff to ensure legal compliance and uphold the organization's mission and values.

9. Ethical Conduct: Upholding high ethical standards and maintaining confidentiality when handling sensitive legal matters for the organization.

10. Time Management: Being able to prioritize tasks, manage workload efficiently, and meet deadlines for legal projects and compliance requirements.

Skills Gained/Related Careers:

Legal Volunteering can provide valuable skills and experience in various legal and nonprofit-related careers.

These skills include legal research and analysis, legal writing and drafting, understanding nonprofit governance, compliance management, communication skills, attention to detail, problem-solving, collaboration and teamwork, time management, and commitment to mission. The role involves analyzing legal issues related to nonprofit governance, drafting legal documents, understanding nonprofit governance structures, and ensuring compliance with CRA regulations.

Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment:
Remote Volunteering
Flexible Hours
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
- St. Boniface
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: General Populace
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
How to Apply: Email: adminhsde@hsde.ca
Closing Date: May 15, 2024
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