Leading a Social Innovation Process

This article is the second in a five-part series on Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo. SUMMARY: Nancy Mattes served as Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo’s director for nearly five years. In this article, she shares her experience about working in a complex change environment to build the “backbone organization” that would support the initiative. It challenged her assumptions about…

How Social Prosperity Came to Wood Buffalo, Alberta

This article is the first in a series on Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo. SUMMARY: With this article, The Philanthropist begins a five-part series on Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo, an innovative partnership involving business, the charitable sector, and an entire community in Alberta. In this article, Diane Shannon, executive director of United Way of Fort McMurray, sets…

BOOK REVIEWS: Globetrotting or Global Citizenship? and Rethinking Canadian Aid

This article is the ninth in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. Globetrotting or Global Citizenship? Perils and Potential of International Experiential Learning Edited by Rebecca Tiessen and Robert Huish University of Toronto Press ISBN: 9781442626119 Reviewed by: Bernadette Johnson A common way for Canadians to first experience countries of the global South is…

A Chilly Time for Charities: Audits, Politics and Preventing Poverty

This article is the eighth in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. SUMMARY: In this opinion piece, Philanthropist editor Gordon Floyd takes a look at the recent flurry of charity audits by CRA’s Charities Directorate and notes that many have been of charities, such as environmental groups, whose views are at odds with those…

Interview with Chief Dr. Robert Joseph and Karen Joseph

This article is the third in a series on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy. This short video documentary, produced by The Philanthropist in collaboration with The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, marks The Philanthropist’s very first recorded article. The video presents a conversation-style interview with Reconciliation Canada’s Ambassador Chief Dr. Robert Joseph and…

The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action

This article is the second in a series on Indigneous Communities and Philanthropy. SUMMARY: On June 1, 2015, a group of Canadian philanthropic organizations and individual funders presented a collective Declaration of Action to the closing session of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Ottawa. Signatories pledge, among other things, to work towards reconciliation and…

100 Words for Philanthropy: Traditions of Caring & Sharing in Canada

This is the first in a series of articles on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy.   In his 5th Century, BCE, play “Prometheus Bound,” the Greek playwright Aeschylus tells the tale of Prometheus, son of Zeus, taking pity when he encounters a group of sickly creatures. Prometheus provides them with two special gifts: fire and blind…