The Strauss Blog

GST/HST Registration for Associations, Not-For-Profits, or Registered Charities

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) publishes two guides for not-for-profit organizations (NFP): GST/HST Information for Non-Profit Organizations and GST/HST Information for Charities. CRA’s rules about GST/HST registration are at best complex for NFP organizations who are exempt from income tax—and even more so for registered charities. The goal of this article is to highlight some […]

Opportunities for Associations to Reduce Expenses While Improving Service

This purpose of this article is to suggest tactics to obtain the best price, for the correct product, from the right supplier. Determining the best price involves much more that just finding the lowest price. Do You Always Ask Your Suppliers If They Have Special Pricing for Associations or Registered Charities? Many suppliers of goods […]

GST/HST: What Your Association or Registered Charity Needs to Know

 “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers accountants.” These words were not spoken by the butcher in Shakespeare’s Henry The Sixth Part 2, rather they are from the mouth of a new treasurer of a not-for-profit association or registered charity who mistakenly thought that taxes and not-for-profit are mutually exclusive. Unfortunately, “exempt […]

How Good Is Your Association Record Keeping?

A standardized file folder naming system, for both electronic and hard copy/paper documents, has many benefits that go beyond making it easier to find things, such as efficiency in training new staff, and reduced misfiling. Below is an overview of the system used by Strauss for association record keeping that you might find valuable as […]

Sales Tax on Association Sponsorships and Tradeshow Booths

Sponsorships The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a published a guide GST/HST Information for Non-Profit Organizations; however, its section on sponsorships does not offer clear-cut information about sales tax on sponsorships. As an association management company, we add GST/HST to all sponsorships sold by our association clients, except under very special circumstances. We urge you […]

Insurance: What Event Planners Need to Consider When Organizing an Association Event

Your organization or association needs the protection insurance offers, for all of its events, even if you believe “there is no way that we could be at fault.” There are several varieties of insurance – read on to find out which (and possibly all) are right for your event. Commercial General Liability (CGL) Insurance “A […]

Sales Tax Tips for Meeting Planners and Association Managers

Unfortunately, the amount of sales tax to charge on conferences and events is far from straightforward. It is important to collect the correct amount of sales tax, because if the amount collected is too low, the event organizer is responsible for the difference—plus, “regular” interest and “penalty” interest. Another factor to keep in mind, is […]

Event Management and Association Management Credit Card Security Best Practices

Have you ever wondered about the type of people who provide personal information in reply to emails from “lawyers” in Nigeria, or confirm credit card information in response to an email from an “alleged” bank or credit card company? Sending Credit Card and Debit Card Information by Email is Risky Unlike many merchants, most associations […]

“Each One, Reach One”: Membership Drives and More

“Try it, you’ll like it”[1] is reportedly the earliest reported word of mouth campaign slogan. Word of mouth (WOM) is an effective and the least expensive way to market association memberships and conference registrations and something your association should consider as part of your next membership planning session Traditional WOM Marketing Easy to implement WOM […]