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…

Counterpoint: A Response To “United Way, Where Are You Leading Us?”

Viewpoint and Counterpoint provide a forum for informed debate of issues of wide interest to the philanthropic sector. The opinions expressed are those of the authors. [The following letter was received by John M. Hodgson, Q.C., author of “United Way, Where Are You Leading Us?” and is reprinted with Anne Goldens permission.] Dear Mr. Hodgson:…

Viewpoint: Dolphins, Tuna and Mudsharks: Reflections on the “Bre-X Budget” for Charities

Viewpoint and Counterpoint provide a forum for informed debate of issues of wide interest to the philanthropic sector. The opinions expressed are those of the authors. The Bre-X saga has dramatically demonstrated to Canadians the short-term rewards and ultimate tragedy of allowing unsubstantiated claims of unmined treasure to escalate into destructive fantasy because there has…

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…

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