Before you decide to register a charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), you should consider other possible ways of achieving your goals. Being a registered charity involves many challenges, obligations, and related costs, so it is wise to look at all the alternatives and select the one that will best help you meet your goals.
If your goal is to carry on a charitable program or activity, consider alternatives to establishing a charitable organization. If your goal is to ensure that a significant donation of funds is used for a specific purpose, both now and in the future, consider alternatives to establishing a foundation.
- working with an existing charity
- operating as a nonprofit
- operating as a business
- making a restricted donation to an existing charity
- creating a donor-advised fund
- donating to another foundation which you trust
This material is general in nature, and does not give legal, tax or accounting advice. You should get professional advice before deciding to proceed.