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Charities & Foundations

Work smarter to secure support.

Be the charity of choice

Charities and foundations play a vital role in Canada by fostering a sense of community, raising awareness of critical issues that impact us all, and inviting donors to make a meaningful impact. All registered charities—private, public, and charitable foundations—must operate through a well-established business plan, board, and governance structure. With competition for funding increasing, demonstrating that your operations are evolving with the latest business trends tells donors that their funding will be thoughtfully and transparently managed, measured, and appropriately dispersed. Falling behind is not an option.

BDO provides expert guidance on all the elements that help charities and foundations remain relevant—including talent acquisition, improving workflows, database integrity, data analytics in fundraising programs, tax rules, digital transformation, cybersecurity, and more. We can help you demonstrate how forward-thinking and efficient your charity really is, helping to secure a priority position with your donors.

Featured insights and offerings for charities and foundations

Resources to support your organization

Understand and identify the fraud risks in your not-for-profit

Fraud is a heightened threat for NPOs. This guide for board members outlines the gaps, and provides smart stops, solutions, and suggestion. 

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Digital transformation for not-for-profits: a Q&A with the Toronto Region Board of Trade

As NPOs continue to operate in a digitally advanced world, leaders must turn their attention to increasing efficiency. BDO’s Kelly Hagen, Partner and National Not-For-Profit & Education Leader, has an insightful conversation with Brenda Gardiner, EVP of Operations & CFO, Toronto Region Board of Trade.

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Business stages for charities and foundations

Adapt and respond more quickly and effectively to the changing economic, legal, consumer, and market landscape.

Adapt, prepare & respond

Modernize the way you run and manage your business to be relevant in today’s digital world.

Evolve, automate & transform

Guidance and advice that service charities and foundations

Building trust with your stakeholders requires meeting regulatory requirements, adhering to accounting standards, and being transparent with your financial reporting. Our Audit & Assurance teams use their deep industry knowledge and access to the latest data to help you keep up with the ever-changing regulatory landscape, including ESG reporting, complete complex audits, and meet tight deadlines.

Accurate and efficient accounting and bookkeeping are built into the foundation of any successful business. BDO's strategic alliances with best-in-class cloud accounting platforms including Xero, Intuit QuickBooks Online, and Microsoft Dynamics 365—combined with the knowledge and experience of our advisors—allow us to deliver customized, reliable, and data-driven cloud accounting services you can trust.

Financial statements tell the financial story of your business and give investors and lenders crucial information about how it's doing. That's why it's imperative that you have the insight you need for your financial reporting and tax filings. Our accounting advisors use best-in-class tools and data to offer a streamlined approach and help your business navigate this often-complex landscape.

BDO's CFO & Controllership Services help organizations of all sizes find the right senior-level financial support at the right time. Whether you need to fill a short-term talent gap, or you need ongoing strategic support for financial planning and analysis, our professionals provide a consistent, collaborative approach, ensuring that services match the unique needs of each client.

With a risk landscape that is constantly changing—from staying ahead of regulations to emerging crisis situations to financial risk—our advisors are committed to understanding your business, tailoring risk mitigation and management strategies when they matter the most.

Businesses across all industries are adopting advanced and emerging technologies at a much faster rate than ever before. Solutions driven by data and AI are powerful assets to help you stay competitive in current markets; but they aren't without vulnerabilities. Our comprehensive, end-to-end cybersecurity services can help you mitigate the risks and strengthen your defences against cyber crime and attacks.

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