Top seven things to know before setting up a non-profit

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Non-profits automatically have a special status that allows donors to get a tax receipt.
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Amendments were made to the Societies Act in 2021. Some of these changes are not yet in effect; this page reflects all amendments that are currently in force.

When friends or colleagues hatch a great idea for a non-profit organization, the last thing they want to think about are things like legal compliance. But the fussy details are important. Choosing the right structure for the organization, getting everyone aligned on its purpose, and setting out expectations for how members will contribute are essential steps to ensure your group’s long-term success.

What you should know

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in May 2022
  • Time to read: 7 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

David Kandestin, People's Law School

David Kandestin

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