150 Profiles: Vic Murray

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: Vic Murray Current role in the sector: Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. Years working and/or volunteering…

An Approach to a Balanced Scorecard for United Way Organizations

I. Introduction United Way organizations (UWOs), through which nonprofit agencies that deliver human services combine their annual fundraising for operating purposes and establish a mechanism for allocating these funds, is a widely-used institutional design in the charitable sector in Canada. In 1998, 125 UWOs in Canada raised $284 million and distributed those funds to 4100…

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Reinventing Your Board By John Carver and Miriam Mayhew Carver Published by Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1997, 232 pp., $40.95 REVIEWED BY VICTOR MURRAY Faculty of Administrative Studies, University of Victoria The phenomenon know as John Carver’s “Policy Governance Model” for the management of nonprofit boards seems to be continuing unabated. By November 1998, the…

Improving Board Performance

Introduction This article presents a nonacademic review of what it takes to create effective boards for nonprofit organizations. It identifies the main factors affecting the board’s operation which shape its impact on the organization. For each set of factors, the typical problems that can arise are noted and various approaches to handling them discussed. The…

Privatization and the Delivery of Personal Social Services: Is the Voluntary Board of Directors Up To the Task?

Presented to the Sixth Conference on Social Welfare Policy, St. John’s, Newfoundland, June 27-30, 1993. Introduction Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine, within the framework of privatization by government, some of the traditional functions expected to be undertaken by boards of directors of voluntary social welfare organizations. This study focuses on the…

Making Corporate Donations Decisions

Introduction This paper has three objectives: (1) to review what we know about the nature and extent of corporate charitable giving in Canada today, and (2) to discuss the adequacy of existing explanations for these patterns of giving, in order (3) to develop an agenda for future research. This review will deal primarily with publicly…

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Corporate Philanthropy, Published by the Council on Foundations, 1982, Washington, D.C., 160 pp. REVIEWED BY CHRISTINE LEE* Recent social and political developments in the United States resulted in the government ofthat country reducing its financial support to the arts, community and health care services and to education. At the same time, President Reagan issued a challenge…