150 Profiles: Hilary Pearson

As we mark the 150th anniversary of confederation, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the non-profit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector. Name: Hilary Pearson Current role in the sector: President, Philanthropic Foundations Canada Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector:  Over 20 years. What was your…

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…

Collective Impact: Venturing On An Unfamiliar Road

Summary: In 2010 Hilary Pearson wrote in The Philanthropist about the emerging trend of creating Funder Collaboratives to address the challenges of the 2008/2009 economic downturn. In this update, Pearson looks at the emergence of Collective Impact from a funder’s perspective, exploring whether this new approach can help address perennial questions of effectiveness and impact and…

Funder Collaboratives: Trend Or Tool

When the economic d ownturn of 2008/2009 began to tighten access to resources and to constrain the grants made by funders, attention turned to collaboration as a strategic response to tough times. Working together seemed to offer a way out of the financial box for charities and funders alike. Indeed, the talk of strategic alliances…

Bookshelf

Rethinking Philanthropic Effectiveness: Lessons from an International Network of Foundation Experts Edited by Dirk Eilinghoff. Published by Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2005, 180 pp. Paper: US $30.00 Creative Philanthropy By Helmut Anhaier and Diana Leat. Published by Routledge, 2006, 232 pp. Paper: CDN $53.95 REVIEWED BY HILARY PEARSON President, Philanthropic Foundations Canada In North America, and…