Did you know? Member churches may have different registrations. We will indicate on our website below their information if they are:
Non-Profit: A non-profit corporation is a legal entity separate from its members and directors formed for purposes other than generating a profit to be distributed to its members, directors or officers. While a non-profit corporation can earn a profit, the profit must be used to further the goals of the corporation rather than to pay dividends to its membership. Non-profit corporations are formed pursuant to federal or provincial law. A non-profit corporation can be a church or church association, school, charity, medical provider, activity clubs, volunteer services organization, professional association, research institute, museum, or in some cases a sports association. Non-profit corporations must apply for charitable status to benefit from tax-exempt status and to issue tax-deductible receipts to donors.
Not For Profit: Difference Between Not for Profit and Non-Profit Organizations. There are many companies which conduct business without the purpose of gaining a profit for the owners or shareholders, however, not-for-profit organizations may include a membership roster which does directly benefit from the income of the organization. They cannot issue tax receipts.
Charity: Qualified charitable organizations include those operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to animals or children, or the development of amateur sports. The organization's purposes must be exclusively and legally charitable. Therefore, all the purposes of the charity must be charitable, not just most purposes. Canadian charities can conduct charitable activities in Canada and abroad. A charity can issue tax receipts.
Business: Is the act of making one's living or making money by producing or buying and selling products. Simply put, it is "any activity or enterprise entered into for profit. It does not mean it is a company, a corporation, partnership, or has any such formal organization, but it can range from a street peddler to General Motors.
The Spiritualist Church of Canada is a non-profit organization with a registered charitable status and as such cannot assist a non-profit or business in a monetary sense. This means the SCC as a Charity cannot provide financial support or do joint fundraising events. We can only list and advertise for any organization types other than a charity. It is legal for them to become members of the Spiritualist Church of Canada and we can support them with educational programs, board training and access to our forms, policies, and by-laws.