Multiple Corporate Structures for Canadian For-Profits, Non-Profits and Charities to Enhance Flexibility + Impact

Understand how having more than one entity can increase effectiveness and impact and how those entities work together

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This course will discuss the tremendous benefits and complexities of using multiple corporations together to achieve societal impact. Registered charities have advantages but also have many restrictions. Often having a charity work with a non-profit and even a for-profit together can be the most effective method of achieving the desired impact.

This course will discuss:

  • Types of organizations such as for-profits, non-profits and registered charities;
  • Pros and cons of different types of organizations;
  • Why multiple structures can assist in achieving objectives;
  • Simple combinations of organizations and complicated operations
  • Key considerations when considering multiple corporate vehicles
  • Purposes/legal objects
  • Activities and restrictions relating to different types of corporate vehicles
  • Funding sources that are available to different vehicles
  • Examples of multiple structures;
  • Challenges with multiple corporate structures; and
  • Rewards with multiple corporate structures.

  • This course is for those involved with a charity, non-profit or for-profit who want to understand the strategic importance of having another entity working alongside their existing entity or for those considering starting a more complicated structure to societal impact. It will be of interest to directors, staff, volunteers and professional advisors such as lawyers, accountants, and investment advisors.

    Your Instructor

    Mark Blumberg
    Mark Blumberg

    Mark Blumberg is a lawyer at the law firm Blumbergs Professional Corporation (Blumbergs) in Toronto and works almost exclusively advising non-profits and registered charities on their work in Canada and abroad. Mark has written numerous articles, is a frequent speaker on legal issues involving charity and not-for-profit law. He is the editor of a blog,, and created the largest portal of data on the Canadian charity sector, Mark also edits, which provides information on due diligence when selecting charities.

    Mark is particularly interested in the regulation of non-profits and charities in Canada, philanthropy, transparency requirements for the voluntary sector, providing accessible information on regulatory issues, and the use of data to make more informed decisions on the charity sector.

    Mark is quoted regularly in print media and frequently appears on radio and television on topics relating to philanthropy and the regulation of charities in Canada. Mark has also appeared on a number of occasions in front of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance on topics such as charity regulation, transparency, accountability and tax incentives for philanthropy. Mark has testified at the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector, the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance and the House Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.

    Mark has also made presentations to the Charities Directorate Annual All Staff Meeting as well the Annual Divisional Staff Meeting of the Determinations Section of Charities Directorate. Mark presented to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) when the FATF conducted an evaluation of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism in Canada in 2015.

    Mark sat for 4 years on the Charities Directorate Technical Issues Working Group, which is a bi-annual meeting between the Charities Directorate, the Department of Finance and the charity sector to discuss technical and policy issues pertaining to registered charities and the Income Tax Act (Canada). Mark is a member of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association. Mark spent 6 years on the Advisory Committee for the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) at Carleton University. Mark is on the Board of the Canadian Charity Law Association.

    Mark has co-authored 20 Questions Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations Should Ask About Mergers (Published by CPA Canada) and co-wrote a chapter on International Trends in Government-Nonprofit Relations: Constancy, Change, and Contradictions in Non-profits and Government: Collaboration and Conflict in Non-profits and government: collaboration and conflict (Edited by Elizabeth T Boris and C Eugene Steuerle)

    Mark frequently lectures to various industry and professional groups on charity compliance issues including the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA Canada), as well as CPA Ontario, BC and Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Association of Gift Planners, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Ontario Hospital Association, Ontario Non-profit Network, and many other organizations.

    Mark has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, an LLB from the University of British Columbia and an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School in Tax Law.

    Course Curriculum

      Multiple Corporate Structures - Intro, Overview, Questions, Options for Structuring an Organization
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      Benefits and Complexities of Using Multiple Corporations Together
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      Extra Material - Incorporation, Organization, Charity Application
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    When does the course start and finish?
    The course starts now and you will have access to it for at least one year! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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