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Hosting an Association Meeting in Quebec? You Must Collect Québec Sales Tax!

By |2020-11-20T11:18:52-06:00November 19th, 2020|

This article will summarize what a non-profit association should know when registering for Québec Sales Tax (QST) after hosting events in Québec. Events Held in Québec If your association is hosting an event in Québec, it must collect 14.975% QST even if you are not required to collect GST/HST. Even [...]

GST/HST and QST on Registration Fees for Virtual Meetings and Trade Shows

By |2021-04-23T15:12:10-05:00August 6th, 2020|

Many associations have been forced to cancel in-person professional development meetings and/or trade shows because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as described in my colleagues' recent article Association Trade Shows Gone Virtual. The cancellation of these events both reduces the value of association membership and threatens some association’s financial sustainability. Virtual [...]

Selecting A Credit Card Processor for Your Association

By |2020-10-21T15:22:43-05:00June 28th, 2018|

Sixty to seventy-five percent of the revenue received by our association management clients is by way of credit card payment. If you can determine the total cost of credit card processing when comparing processors—which is very hard to do—you may find that the company offering the lowest processing rates [...]

“We Have Met the Enemy, and S/He is Us”: Reducing Damage from Accidental Data Losses and Preventable Theft

By |2018-04-09T10:16:02-05:00April 5th, 2018|

Associations are tempting targets for hackers. The two most valuable assets that make associations tempting targets for hackers are lists of members that often include date of birth and credit card numbers. Your association, if it collects more detailed personal information, may be an especially tempting target for hackers [...]

Increasing Association Cyber Security on a Budget of $0

By |2017-10-12T10:54:07-05:00October 12th, 2017|

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The purpose of this article is to make you aware of prioritized doable and no-cost steps to make your association’s computers and computer system “safer” from cyber-attack. Learning from the Equifax Hack One-half of adults in the United States, and 100,000 Canadians, [...]

Does Your Association Need Abuse Insurance?

By |2017-08-17T09:46:08-05:00August 17th, 2017|

If your association interacts in any way with youth, the elderly, or people living with disabilities, then you should investigate obtaining abuse and molestation insurance coverage (commonly referred to as abuse insurance). Abuse insurance could be one of the most needed types of insurance for your organization. This is [...]

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – The Honeymoon is Over July 1st

By |2017-06-15T09:37:28-05:00June 15th, 2017|

CASL’s (Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation) three-year transition period ends on July 1st, 2017. Before you celebrate our sesquicentennial, you might want to call your insurance broker, lawyer, and IT professional—plus, educate yourself and all your employees. What is CASL? On Canada Day 2014, CASL came into effect. It applies to [...]

Evaluating Your Association Management Company

By |2017-04-13T09:52:21-05:00April 13th, 2017|

Is your association management company doing what they are contracted to do in their scope of work? Are they doing it in the right way? How important are surveys? “What gets measured gets improved,” is management guru Peter Drucker’s answer. An annual survey of board members is a useful [...]

Association Cyber Risk: Reducing It, and Insuring Against It

By |2017-02-16T11:22:34-06:00February 16th, 2017|

“It’s no longer if you are going to have a cybersecurity event, it is when.” This grim prediction comes from the co-author of the Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery published by the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. What is Cyber Risk “Cyber risk means [...]

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