Good Forms: The New Shapes of Not-for-Profit Organizations

Paul Jurbala


A growing number of social enterprises are opting for innovative structures rather than incorporating as traditional not-for-profits. Why? The proclamation of the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act in October 2011 has focused the attention of sector leaders on governance as they continue to face mounting regulatory pressures and ongoing funding challenges. Can different structures help organizations cope? This article examines some creative organizational forms and the risks and benefits associated with them. It is suggested that the diversification of forms represents a practical response to regulatory pressures, as well as an index of the vitality of grassroots social innovation in Canada.

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