New Series: Canadian Charities Working Internationally

A regulatory system, and the laws that underpin it, is ideally enabling but by necessity limiting. It’s true in business, and it should be equally true with charities. What is, however, the right balance between support and limits? When working across borders, Canadian charities strive to provide public benefit, but to do so they need…

Revisiting the Philanthropic Contract

This paper was developed from a speech I gave in New Zealand in 2006 to a group of people associated with the Community Trusts that exist throughout that country. I was asked to speak about Maytree’s approach to grant making and to give my view on trends in philanthropy from my experience in Canada, the…

Welcome to The Philanthropist’s new look and digital platform

Since its inception in 1972, The Philanthropist has been a forum for thinking about the charitable and non-profit sector in Canada. The journal has provided practical and thoughtful information by and for charitable and non-profit practitioners, board members, volunteers, and all those with an interest in the sector. The journal’s purpose was clearly set out…

Introduction to Volume 26, Issue 2

By learning and sharing knowledge, we collectively strengthen our communities, our societies and the world. A commitment to learning is fundamental to Canadian innovation. At its core, innovation is about crafting new ideas to improve our lives. – His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada The National Alliance for Children and…

An Action Framework For Children And Youth In Canada

The National Alliance for Children and Youth (NACY) brings together diverse nonprofit organizations in a collaborative network dedicated to enhancing the well-being of children and youth in Canada by providing national leadership and knowledge, mobilizing, and linking practice and research to policy development. Summary The National Alliance for Children and Youth (NACY), in conjunction with its…

Taking Stock: How Canadian Child and Youth Agencies are Responding to Economic Challenges

Introduction Canada was one of the last countries to experience the world economic crisis of 2008-2009 and one of the most stable economies emerging from it. However, the nonprofit sector, like the private and public sectors, was not immune to the rapid impact of the economic downturn. Traditional sources of stable funding for the sector…

Moving Forward: Challenges Faced By Child- and Youth-Serving Agencies in Canada

Twenty-two key informant interviews1 were conducted during the “Taking Stock” project, with a view to gaining a wide and diverse perspective about what was happening in the child- and youth-serving sector in Canada. As with the survey, this phase of the project did not attempt to gather a random or statistically representative sample of the sector,…