Why the Absence of Global Charity Headquarters in Canada?

This article is the fifth in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. Canadians like to think of themselves as both internationally minded people and as coming from a tradition of humanitarian action. However, few stop to ask why global charities are never headquartered in Canada. There is no major international charity with affiliated entities…

Do Canada’s internationally focused charities operate in an enabling environment?

This article is the fourth in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. SUMMARY: Julia Sanchez, president and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, outlines the three basic elements of an enabling environment for international charities: dialogue to include organizations in designing and implementing development processes; funding to allow them to play diverse…

The Problems with Direction and Control

This article is the second in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. ABSTRACT: Canadian charities working internationally are subject to regulations that are intended to boost accountability and ensure that charitable dollars flow to genuinely charitable activity. Recently the Canada Revenue Agency has stepped up audits of these same charities. Increased accountability demands are…

New Series: Canadian Charities Working Internationally

This article is the first in a series on 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,…

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…