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Recommended resources for research related to entrepreneurship, startups and commercialization: from science and technology literature to market research and patents.

Non-profit and Charity Research

What is the difference between a non-profit and a registered charity?

"The priority within a for-profit business is to scale your business and create significant revenues for your social cause. On the other hand, a not-for-profit framework best suits a business that intends to use all profits exclusively for promoting its stated social objectives.

A registered charity assumes that all profits go towards your social mission and all profit-making activities meet the definition of a “related business”, as determined by the Canada Revenue Agency. “Related business” includes activity related to the charity as well as unrelated activity so long as the majority of employees involved are volunteers." From - Choosing a Legal Structure for a Social Purpose Business

Registering Your Non-profit Business

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Find a Charity

Charity and Non-Profit Financials

Reading Financial Statements