By Way of Introduction… (1997 reprint)

[The following editorial from Volume 1, Number 1, of The Philanthropist, was written by Bertha Wilson, at that time with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, Toronto, an active member of the Wills and Trusts Section of the Canadian Bar Association and first editor of this journal. Editor Wilson subsequently served as a distinguished Justice of the…

The English Charity Commission Concept in the Canadian Context

This article was developed from a memorandum for a client of Drache, Burke-RobertsonĀ & Buchmayer who has given permission for its wider distribution. [In 1995 Arthur B.C. Drache, Q.C., was asked to research the role of the English Charity Commission and to give an opinion on the possibility of using a similar model within the Canadian…

Looking a Gift Horse In the Mouth

In an increasingly competitive fund-raising milieu, it is clearly tempting for development officers to accept all gifts that come their way. However, in reality, prudent management may dictate the rejection of gifts which fall outside the mandate and mission of the organization. Acceptance of such gifts could result in certain adverse long-term implications, which the…

Recent Tax Developments

1997 Federal Budget Changes The Federal Government has recently provided increased support to the charitable sector through the income tax system. In 1995, donations of ecologically sensitive land were exempted altogether from net-income limitations. The 1996 Federal Budget encouraged greater charitable giving by increasing the annual limit for donations from 20 per cent to 50…

A Brief History of The Philanthropist

The following brief history of The Philanthropist was produced at the request of several subscribers and contributors who were interested in the background of the journal. It is published in the hope that it will be of interest to all readers and supporters as the journal celebrates its 25th Anniversary. In the late 1960s a…

From the Editor

We launch this new volume with investigations of public and private policy. Public policy is examined at the speculative level by Arthur Drache, who considers whether Canada needs an equivalent to England’s Charity Commission (he thinks we do). At a more practical level, Blake Bromley castigates some of the measures in the February 1997 federal…

Bookshelf

Women Who Give Away Millions: Portraits of Canadian Philanthropists By Iris Nowell Published by Hounslow Press, Toronto, 1996, pp. 398 REVIEWED BY BETSY CLARKE Consultant in Philanthropy and Senior Associate, Bouza & Associates It is relatively new for fund-raising professionals in Canada to consider women as a separate category of major donors, i.e., people who…

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