What is a Not for Profit Organization:

​In Canada, as in many other similar countries, there is two types of businesses the first is For Profit business. This is a business that is very common that works to make profits for it owner(s) and/or shareholders. There are many forms of For profit business from sole proprietors to publicly traded corporations like Google, Microsoft, GM, and GE. The second type of business is a Not for Profit ​business. This is an organization that works for a purpose or cause rather than for profit. There are several kinds of not-for-profit organizations such as: Professional or community organizations, Sport or athletic, Social clubs, Service clubs (for example Kiwanis or Lions),
and various Charities. Some examples of Not for Profits are publically owned (not private) Universities and Colleges (University of Toronto, McMaster University, York University, Sheridan College, and so on), as well as Hospitals and healthcare centres (Toronto General Hospital, Toronto SickKids Hospital, Credit Valley Hospital, and so on),  World Wildlife Federation, MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Drivers,  and many more. 


Benefits of Becoming a Not for Profit Organization:

Most people that have a cause, such as fighting for victims of workplace accidents. They try to make a difference, but the problem is they are unfamiliar with properly organizing to make a difference.

Creates credibility for your cause:

The first thing when you register as a Not For Profit is that people, the general public see that you are register and this gives your cause more credibility.

The opposition to your cause start to have more respect for your cause as it shows how committed and serious you are.

​Creates a Funding Stream for your cause:

Once you are registered as a Not for Profit organization, you can legitimately apply for Government and non government grants, which is monies you do not pay back. With the money from the grants you will be able to get the much needed resources to further your cause. Hire staff, create a professional website, hire lawyers to make legal court challenges.


How to Become a Not for Profit Organization:

First you need to determine if you should be Provincial/Sate or Federal Not for Profit


Creating a Virtual Office:

The one problem with registering and creating a Not for Profit Organization is having a physical Mailing address, well as telephone, fax, e-mail, and website. The reason to have all this is that it creates credibility and it makes it affordable for Not for Profits by not having a real physical location.

​Physical Address:

You can rent a Post office Box at a reasonable rates. This way it separates the people who are setting up and the actual organization. It legitimizes your cause by having a legitimate physical mailing address. You can obtain a post office box at any local post office or UPS store.

Telephone:

There is actually a service that offers a virtual phone number which is forwarded to a voice mail service or another number. There is a monthly fee for this service. That offers extensions automatic answering attendant and more the price ranges from $13 per month to $80- per month depending on the services needed.

https://www.evoice.com/

Fax Number/Service:

Another service available is a virtual fax service where you are provided a fax number and whenever people send you a fax you receive it as an e-mail attachment. You can also send faxes as well by e-mail.

http://www.efax.ca

Website & E-mail:

As well as being on social media such as Facebook, it is important to have  a stable website with e-mail addresses. The first thing you need to do is pick a name, and a .ca or .com or whatever. for example fightwcb.ca There are many companies that offer website DNS hosting as well as website hosting, with e-mail hosting as well.


You now have a physical mailing address, phone number, fax and website with e-mail. This will now allow you to apply to register and become a legitimate not for profit business to further you cause at a very affordable cost, as opposed to a physical location.


How to Become a Federal Not for Profit - Canada:

http://corporationscanada.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cd-dgc.nsf/eng/h_cs03925.html


How to become a Provincial Not for Profit - Ontario Profit:

If you would like more information about the requirements for setting up and operating a provincial not-for-profit corporation in Ontario, refer to the not-for-profit incorporator's handbook.
Not-for-profit incorporator's handbook

https://www.ontario.ca/page/incorporate-not-profit

http://www.cbo-eco.ca/en/index.cfm/starting/getting-started/not-for-profit-guide/


How to Become a Not for Profit in the United States:

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/benefits-non-profit-organizations-4162.html


How to Become a Not for Profit Charitable Organization:

This allows your Not for Profit organization to issue tax receipt for donations made to the organization. It is a major revenue stream for Not for Profits as it encourages businesses and people to donate money as they get a tax receipt which they can claim on their tax returns. This has to be done through the Tax reporting agency for example in Canada it is Revenue Canada and in the United States it is the IRS. 


How and Where to Get Funding for a Not for Profit Organizations:

These are various government and non government programs that offer funding to non for profit organizations. The best you can do is register your organization as a Not for profit. It will require a lot of work, but this is where the funding come sin to help you. It also legitimizes the cause. another way to raise funds for your organization is to become a tax recognize charity. Again it is a lot of work, but the rewards pay off in the end.


Government of Ontario Grants Program:

This is a centralized website for all provincial grants for not for profit organizations and other organizations. To apply for any grants in Ontario this is where to apply now.

http://www.grants.gov.on.ca/GrantsPortal/en/OntarioGrants/GrantsHome/index.htm

 

Government of Canada Labour Subsidy Program:

The application deadline is February 3, 2017, but I am posting this anyways so people know about the program for future reference.

​The Government of Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

Not-for-profit employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/youth-summer-job.html


Book and Periodical Grants Website

This is where you may get grants for publishing books or peridcal newsletters.

The Book and Periodical Council (BPC) is the umbrella organization for Canadian associations that are or whose members are primarily involved with the writing, editing, translating, publishing, producing, distributing, lending, marketing, reading and selling of written words. The BPC acts as a forum for its members to network, identify common goals and coordinate action to benefit the Canadian writing and publishing industry.

http://www.thebpc.ca/the-resource-file/grants/


Imagine Canada

This is a charitable organization in Canada helping other charitable organizations. Including a funding grant program for not for profits.

http://www.imaginecanada.ca/


Go Fund Me

This is a website design to help people raise money for many different reasons including not for profits.

Note they have different websites for different countries.

https://ca.gofundme.com

https://www.gofundme.com


Google Grants for Advertising

Google offers grants to advertise on Googles different sites to bring awareness of your cause or campaign. You can get up to $10,000 US in funding from them for advertising.

https://www.google.ca/intl/en/grants/


Canadian Women's Grant Program

This website is dedicated for the improvement of women's lives. They offer numerous types of grants to help women.

http://www.canadianwomen.org


Global Giving

GlobalGiving connects nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world. We help registered organizations access the funding, tools, training, and support they need to become more effective.

https://www.globalgiving.org


Charity Village

They provide a large list of organizations that can help Not for Profits, including funding programs.

https://charityvillage.com/directories/funders/canadian-foundations.aspx


Community Forward Fund Corp.

The Community Forward Fund Assistance Corp. makes loans or arranges financing for Canadian nonprofits and charities. We invite you to learn more about us, whether you are a potential impact investor or a charity or nonprofit interested in finding out how your organization could benefit from a loan.

http://www.communityforwardfund.ca/for-charities-nonprofits/


Techsoup Canada

Shows you how to obtain funding for your Not for profit organization.

They also provide an extensive list as well.

http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/en/learning_center/articles/grant_seeking


Funding Portal

Here learn how to find over 1,100 funding programs in Canada for Not for Profits.

https://fundingportal.com

The information here is presently only available for Canada, right now, but I will be adding more countries as time progresses.

Fight WCB

Advocates How To

Learn How to Fight your Workers Compensation Board

This page has been setup to provide information on how to start, organize, and become an advocacy group and/or a support group. 

Where these groups are legitimate registered as business which are Nonprofit businesses/organizations.   


When groups are registered and become Nonprofit Organizations, they can more effectively aid injured workers at:

  • the national level, 
  • the provincial,
  • state level, or
  • even at the local level.


The information here will include information about:

  • registering with Government offices, 
  • obtaining "Not for Profit" status, 
  • Tax exception status,
  • funding assistance, and
  • much more.


​Please be patient as I collect and put up the information it may take some time.


If you have any information about organizing, managing, obtaining funding, or other information for Non profit groups please free to send it to me using the contact page.


This information will be broken down into different sections:


What is a Not for Profit Organization

​Benefits of Becoming a Not for Profit Organization

​How to Become a Not for Profit Organization

How to become a Not for Profit Charitable Organization 

​How and Where to Get Funding for a Not for Profit Organizations​​