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It’s Time to Go: A Self-Guided Workbook to assist with Nonprofit Organizational Closure

January 2021The Muttart Foundation in collaboration with Carleton University

The workbook was written by four students from Carleton University as their capstone project to obtain their Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree. Carleton is the only university in the country to offer such a Master’s level program.

It’s Time to Go is a self-guided workbook. Directors and staff of a charity or other nonprofit can use the insights and checklists to ensure they fully understand what is involved in their decision and what to do if they decide to end a program or close the entire agency. The workbook combines learnings from research and lessons from Canadian nonprofit leaders who have faced this type of difficult decision.

In their introduction, Foundation president Malcolm Burrows and executive director Bob Wyatt praised the four students — Uzma Gilani, Praan Misir, Shane Norris and Ellie Sabourin – for the quality of their work.

Burrows and Wyatt wrote:

Closing a charity or nonprofit is not a simple exercise. Financial realities butt up against deeply held values. The “can do” spirit that is at the heart of charities must be balanced with the truth that “doing more with less” is, more often than not, an empty phrase that seeks to hide disaster for clients, staff and communities. If a charity or nonprofit makes the difficult decision to close, it must strive for excellence in that, as it has over the life of its existence. This workbook will help them do just that.

Around the world, leading charitable-sector organizations and researchers have predicted that tens of thousands of charities may decide to close, largely as a result of their inability to survive the results of the pandemic.

“While we hope these predictions are overstated, we fear they may not be,” says the introduction to the workbook.

Carleton University annually invites charities and others to submit projects to be considered as possible capstone projects for the MPNL program.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for the students and an important contribution to Canada’s charitable sector,” said Wyatt.

It's Time to Go

Paths Forward in Financially Troubled Times: A Restructuring and Insolvency Guidebook for Charities and Non-profit Organizations

December 11, 2020The Muttart Foundation in collaboration with Miller Thomson LLP

The Muttart Foundation, in collaboration with the law firm Miller Thomson LLP, has produced a resource to assist groups in coping with the financial hardships that are now upon them. Paths Forward in Financially Troubled Times – A Restructuring and Insolvency Guidebook for Charities and Non-profit Organizations is now available through the Foundation’s website.

The Guidebook lays out a number of avenues that groups can explore if they are financially stressed. These range from continuing operations in a different legal form or in a collaboration, to revamping finances to survive immediate threats to viability, to wrapping up the organization and its functions in a prudent and reasonable manner.

Paths Forward in Financially Troubled Times: A Restructuring and Insolvency Guidebook for Charities and Non-profit Organizations

Final Report Consultation on Transparency

January 2020Community Consulting Services Ltd. The Muttart Foundation

In autumn 2019, the Muttart Foundation convened a meeting of sector representatives, allied professionals, government regulators and international experts to discuss issues related to transparency, voluntary sector groups and their regulators. The session was one of an on-going series of meetings to promote the exchange of ideas and permit sharing of concerns of both sector groups and regulators. No undertakings or commitments from either regulators or sector participants are expected or made at these sessions, and any remarks in the report are meant only to reflect the discussions. A copy of the report is available here.

Final Report Consultation on Transparency

Final Report Consultation on Charities and Intellectual Property

August 2019Community Consulting Services Ltd. The Muttart Foundation

In spring 2019, the Muttart Foundation convened a meeting of sector representatives, allied professionals, government regulators and international experts to discuss issues related to Charities and Intellectual Property. The session was one of an on-going series of meetings to promote the exchange of ideas and permit sharing of concerns of both sector groups and regulators. No undertakings or commitments from either regulators or sector participants are expected or made at these sessions, and any remarks in the report are meant only to reflect the discussions. A copy of the report is available here.

Final Report Consultation on Charities and Intellectual Property

Final Report Consultation on Non-Profit Journalism

March 2019Community Consulting Services Ltd. The Muttart Foundation

In autumn 2018, the Muttart Foundation convened a meeting of sector representatives, government regulators, professional advisers and international experts to discuss the issue of Non-Profit Journalism. In its February 2018 Budget the federal government raised the possibility of measures to facilitate philanthropic support for initiatives in this area.  The session was one of an on-going series of meetings to foster an exchange of ideas and allow for a sharing of concerns of both sector groups and regulators. No undertakings or commitments from either regulators or sector participants are expected or made at these sessions, and any remarks in the report are meant only to reflect the discussions. A copy of the report is available here.

Final Report Consultation on Non-Profit Journalism