Practice Profile

Charity & Not-For-Profit

The Charity & Not-for-Profit Law Group at Cassels Brock provides a broad range of services to charities, not-for-profit organizations, donors and others. These include universities, colleges, schools, hospitals, social agencies, government organizations, religious groups, professional organizations, trade associations, political organizations, recreational groups, advocacy groups and a variety of other organizations. Our clients range in size from very small to extremely large, across Ontario and in some cases in other provinces, depending on applicable law.

In addition to providing corporate/commercial advice, the Group provides advice on tax compliance and tax planning, real estate, litigation, labour and employment law, intellectual property law and a variety of other areas of law as they relate to the charity and not-for-profit law sector.

In particular, we advise our clients on the following matters:

Our lawyers are encouraged to participate actively in charitable and other not-for-profit organizations. In many cases they act as volunteers providing legal advice, serving on boards of directors or in other capacities. This is consistent with our firm’s approach to social responsibility and contribution to our community.

The voluntary sector in Canada, including registered charities and not-for-profit organizations, is undergoing dramatic changes. These include regulatory, tax and governance issues, among others. Sound legal advice is often a critical part of tax planning and compliance processes.


Maxwell Gotlieb


Bill Burden