Non Profit Charities Legal Outreach (NPCLO) has introduced a new legal self-assessment tool, accessible online at lawfornonprofits.ca, for the non-profit sector and has launched a series of workshops addressing the areas of law dealt within the self-assessment.
The tool is designed to help identify legal flashpoints, helping organizations reduce risks associated with five areas of law: governance; privacy; leasing/contracts; employment; human rights; and CRA compliance. Users of the tool will be able to identify gaps in their organization’s legal compliance and take steps to rectify issues that are flagged through the process. In December of 2014 the Legal Pitfalls for Non Profits workshop series began with Privacy101. Next in the series will be Employment & Human Rights 101 on March 4, 2015; Contracts 101 on April 29; and Leasing 101 on June 3. Also, due to high demand, the Privacy 101 workshop will be repeated on February 17.
Each workshop is based on the curriculum of the successful Preventing Legal Pitfalls Bootcamp developed by lawyer and NPCLO legal director Martha Rans and consultant Alison Brewin. Development of the self-assessment tool and the initial pilot project was funded by the City of Vancouver and the Vancity Community Foundation Social Innovation Fund. The project is the second phase in the development of an integrated strategy to improve access by non-profits to legal information, education and advice.
The project is led by Ms. Rans, with the project team including Ms. Brewin, Rob Gloor, Ingrid Liepa and Tracey Axelsson. The non‐profit sector in BC consists of more than 27,000 non‐profits generating $11 billion dollars in revenue annually. This sector provides services and programs that touch virtually every citizen of BC. The NPCLO was founded to enable the non-profit sector to better access legal information, education, and advice. The legal self-assessment tool can currently be accessed at lawfornonprofits.ca.