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.
- No prerequisites are required for this course.
Below is one offering of NPMA 1850 for the Fall 2022 term.
Tue Sep 06 - Sat Nov 26 (12 weeks)
- 12 weeks
- CRN 34876
Class meeting times
|Sep 06 - Nov 26||N/A||N/A||Online|
Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.
- Internet delivery format.
Please note that the lecture component for this course is asynchronous, not requiring you to meet each and every week at a specific time, however, there will be specific timelines for assignments and exams. It is important you have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content. Course content, type and quality of assignments, and general standards for this online course are the same as classroom courses. To be successful in this online course, plan to spend 7-10 hours per week on your studies, or more if it’s a condensed course, starting Week 1. Important course information will be sent to your myBCIT account prior to your course start date.
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
Law and Governance (NPMA 1850) is offered as a part of the following programs:
School of Business + Media
- Nonprofit Management
Associate Certificate Part-time
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