British Columbia Institute of


NPMA 1850 - Law and Governance

Non-profit Management Part-time Studies Course

School of Business

Course Details

This course provides an overview of the key legislation, common law and administrative policies that apply to Canadian not-for-profit organizations (NFPOs), including registered charities and societies. You will examine and apply the principles and practices relevant to incorporation of British Columbia societies and federal NFPOs, charitable registration, organizational maintenance, and good governance. This course will help you understand crucial governance processes and structures that form the foundations of effective organizations.





Fall 2016

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2016 term.

CRN 34876

Mon Sep 12 - Sat Dec 03 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 12 - Dec 03 Online


Oliver Hamilton

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Students must submit e-mail address when registering. To be successful in our online courses, plan to spend 7-10 hours per course each week on your studies, starting Week 1. Our courses are paced and highly interactive with participation requirements weekly. Frequent contributions to asynchronous (not real time) online discussions is required to achieve a passing final grade. ***Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information. ***
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student willbe able to:

  • Define the principles of good governance and legal and regulatory compliance of charities.
  • Explain the importance of accountability to donors, volunteers, regulators.
  • Identify building blocks for good governance from fields of law and business (social enterprise).
  • Identify the different legal forms of organizations which are included in the 'third sector' (not-for-profit) in terms of reporting obligations, tax status, and managerial decision-making.
  • Define the elements of a comprehensive good governance system.
  • Identify trends and implications in the best practices of good governance with respect to: legislation and regulations; investors; judicial decisions; and information technology.
  • Identify ten helpful sources for current information with respect to good governance practices.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

NPMA 1850 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business

  1. Marketing Management
    Part-time   Diploma
  2. Nonprofit Management
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Associate Certificate

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Fall 2016

Books for Fall 2016 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

BCIT Distance & Online Learning Bookstore

If you are taking this course through either Distance Education or Online Learning, please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Distance & Online Learning Bookstore.

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Duties & Responsibilities Of Directors Of Not For Profit Org
Author Kelly
Copyright 2014
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-92781-607-3
Price $38.50


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