Richard Bridge: Charity LawyerExperienced and affordable legal guidance for Canadian charities and non-profits
I am a lawyer based in Nova Scotia. I was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1991 and the Nova Scotia Bar in 2006, after my family and I relocated from Vancouver Island. I am a sole practitioner focusing on four fields:
- Charity and Non-profit Law
- Public sector organizations and issues
- First Nations issues
- Teaching and Training
My clients are a wide range of charitable organizations, foundations, non-profit organizations, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, First Nations organizations and communities and public bodies across Canada.
Charity and Non-profit Law
I provide legal, strategic and policy advice and services to a wide range of charities and non-profit organizations. My legal services include incorporation, securing charitable tax status, regulatory compliance issues, entrepreneurship, planned giving, general legal services (contracts, insurance, employment issues, tax issues, government relations, etc.) and issues of organizational structure, governance and strategic planning (mergers, partnerships, business activities, fundraising, etc.). In 2005 I completed a project in Shanghai, China that examined civil society infrastructure needs in China.
Public Sector Organizations and Issues
I have extensive experience in the public sector. My most senior role was with BC Assessment Authority, where I served as Executive Director of Corporate Planning and Corporate Secretary. Through my work with BC Assessment, I gained substantial experience with British Columbia’s excellent property assessment, taxation and registration infrastructure, and participated in law reform projects in this field in St. Petersburg, Russia and Pudong, China.
I am working closely with First Nations organizations and communities to improve the connect with the broader philanthropic world. This includes helping secure “qualified donee” status, create new charitable infrastructure and increase opportunities for co-operation.
Teaching and Training
I have designed and taught University and College courses and a wide range of public workshops and training sessions on all aspects of charity and non-profit law and governance in every province in Canada. Please see the Workshops section for more detail. I can prepare custom training sessions to meet your organization’s needs.