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November 16, 2021 Article

Spotlight on the New Ontario Business Registry Portal

The Ontario government has recently launched an online Ontario Business Registry (“OBR”) portal for businesses and not-for-profits registered, incorporated, or licensed to carry on business in Ontario. There are over 90 different online services available through
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August 4, 2021 Article

Understand Deferred Revenue and Contributions: a NFP Board Member’s How-to Guide

Deferred revenue (or unearned revenue) and deferred contributions (and/or restricted contributions) are likely among the most difficult concepts to understand in your financial statements, yet these amounts often significantly impact your results from operations.
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August 3, 2021 Article

Understand Accounts Payables and Accrued Liabilities: a NFP Board Member’s How-to Guide

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities generally are more problematic to capture completely in internal statements due to the number of estimates involved, or the delays in receiving information. Nevertheless they are as important as accounts receivable, if not more
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August 2, 2021 Article

Understand Receivables: a NFP Board Member’s How-to Guide

All board members, including those involved with non-profit organizations, are held to a minimum standard of care and diligence when it comes to the finances of an organization. This is why, at a minimum, it is important for a non-accountant to understand what
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August 1, 2021 Article

Understand Financial Statements: a NFP Board Member’s How-to Guide

Board members are often bored during the financial discussion or financial statement presentation at a meeting. If they are lucky, they have someone with a financial background as a treasurer or chair of the finance committee. This article addresses how the financial
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Duties of Charity and Non profit board members during pandemic
May 6, 2020 Article

Duties of Charity & Not-For-Profit Board Members During the Pandemic

While we all grapple with the challenges of the pandemic at home and at work, boards members of charity and not-for-profits have the added responsibility of fulfilling their duties as directors. Key issues for charity and not-for-profit board members to consider are:
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