Vancouver Society of Immigrant and Visible Minority Woman v. M.N.R.

1 [Rarely does the Supreme Court of Canada take up the perennial question: What does “charity” mean?2  Even rarer is the case where it does so with the benefit of extensive legal and scholarly debate. The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Vancouver Society of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women v. M.N.R. is an important decision…

Vancouver Immigrant Women: The First Judicial Interpretation

When all is said and done, the views of lawyers, academics and other bystanders about the “meaning” of a Supreme Court decision become secondary to the understanding of members of the judiciary. The Supreme Court often speaks in apparent parables but it is up to the reader or listener to interpret what those words actually…

A Personal View of the Vancouver Society Decision

At a time when most Canadians have become familiar with many modes of education, ranging from the Internet and CD-ROMS to workshops and discussion groups, it was peculiar that, for the purposes of the Pemsel2  test of charity, the phrase “advancement of education” has been considered by the Federal Court of Appeal, in a number of…

Building Relationships in the Networked Age: Some Implications of the Internet for Nonprofit Organizations

Successful fundraising has always been about building healthy relationships, whether with single donors, volunteers, the media or funding agencies. The Internet is emerging as an essential tool for building these relationships and charitable and nonprofit organizations must learn to take advantage of such tools or risk losing out to those groups who do forge communities…

Legal Developments

No “Legal Developments” section appeared in either of the last two issues of The Philanthropist, so there is plenty to talk about on this occasion. As everybody in the charity community probably knows, in February 1999 the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its judgment in Vancouver Society of Immigrant and Visible Minority Woman v….

The Founding of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy

[As The Philanthropist enters its 28th year of publication, it may be of interest to readers to know something of the history of those people and organizations which have played major roles in the journal’s survival as a unique organ of information for Canadian philanthropies and their legal and financial advisors. Among these is the…

From the Editor

Our first contribution is written by Doug Jamieson who addresses the challenges faced by nonprofit organizations in building relationships in a “networked” age. Doug Jamieson is an experienced traveller in cyberspace. He started online in 1981 with a 300-baud modem and an acoustic coupler, dialing into online databases and information sources and using these as…

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