Non-Profit in a Box

Welcome to “Non-Profit in a Box,” the first lesson in your journey to understanding and creating effective non-profit organizations. In this lesson, we will dive into the foundational aspects of non-profit entities, exploring their history, legal frameworks, and defining characteristics.

In this lesson we will provide additional resources to enhance your learning experience. You’re encouraged to listen to a podcast on Canada’s charitable history to gain insights into the evolution of non-profit organizations in the country. It’s essential to review the various group structures as defined by Nonprofit Law Ontario to understand the legal underpinnings of non-profits. A thought-provoking presentation will challenge you to consider the complex relationship between white supremacy and the non-profit industrial complex.

Reflection is a key part of your learning process. Consider how power imbalances and systemic inequalities can be acknowledged and addressed in the creation and operation of a non-profit organization. This introspective approach will help you to critically analyze current practices and envision more equitable structures.

The lesson is supported by a selection of references, including acts from the Canadian Legal Information Institute, educational materials from Co-operatives First, legal structure insights from Cleo Connect, and updates on legislative changes from HubSpot. These resources are there to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the non-profit sector, its history, and its ongoing evolution.

By the end of this lesson, you should have a clearer picture of how non-profits function, the legalities involved in their operation, and the societal impacts they aim to have. Keep these questions and resources in mind as you move through the lesson to build a solid foundation for your non-profit venture.

Additional Resources:



Canadian Legal Information Institute. (1995). The Non-profit Corporations Act, 1995, SS 1995, c N-4.2.

Canadian Legal Information Institute. (2022). The Non-profit Corporations Act, 2022, SS 2022, c 25.

Co-operatives First. (n.d.). History of Co-ops in Saskatchewan. Retrieved from text=Many%20early%20co%2Doperatives%20in,as%20Violet%20McNaughton%2C%2 0of%20Harris.

Cleo Connect. (n.d.). Different Group Structures. Retrieved from

HubSpot. (n.d.). Key Changes to SK Non-Profit Corporations Act 2022. Retrieved from s-to-SK-Non-Profit-Corporations-Act-2022-final.pdf?utm_campaign=E-books%20Misc &utm_medium=email&_hsmi=245377821&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--4Jz49uCDoo6i_WKXKA cXRMDdLLPsNZs7fpfRyoqkGPsKSGmLvhrXQzit3xa20ECtUkaFqFM37MEm72Tc6G kByo51vsQ&utm_content=245377821&utm_source=hs_automation

Know History. (2018). The Equity Pursuit : White Supremacy & Nonprofit Industrial Complex*.

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Seel, K. (Ed.). (2018). The Management of Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations in Canada (4th ed.). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: LexisNexis Canada.