Charities in Business, Business in Charities, Charities and Business—Mapping and Understanding the Complex Nonprofit/Business Interface

For the analytical purposes of this paper, nonprofits and charities are presented as roughly synonymous, except where indicated.  Introduction A new pro-business zeitgeist has made for-profit initiatives more acceptable in the nonprofit world. (Dees, 1998, p. 3) One of the most important dynamics in the charitable sector in Canada at the present time is its…

Selected New Developments in the Liability of Directors and Officers of Charitable and Nonprofit Corporations

(1) Developments in Respect of the “Director-Trustee Dilemma” One of the issues that has plagued the area of charitable corporations law in Ontario is whether, and to what extent, the directors of such corporations are “trustees” of corporate assets. In a number of Ontario cases (discussed herein) courts have held that, at least for certain…

Advocacy and Third Way Politics: Canada and the United Kingdom

This article is based on a presentation by the author to the Third National Forum for the Public Policy and Third Sector Initiative, Advocacy, Engagement and Consultations: The Voluntary and Government Sectors, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, October 25–28, 2002. Introduction Any attempt to compare political or social systems in Canada and…

Original Purpose—Completing the Triad of Accountability

This article has been edited and revised from a presentation to the November 2002 ARNOVA conference.  Introduction Accountability for an organization involves not only stewardship and governance but also trusteeship (defined as loyalty to original purpose). So argues David Smith in his 1995 book, Entrusted: The Moral Responsibilities of Trusteeship. Smith wrote the book in order…

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Civic Literacy: How Informed Citizens Make Democracy Work By Henry Milner Published by University Press of New England, 2002, 293 pp. US $45. cloth; US $19.95 paper. REVIEWED BY A. PAUL PROSS Professor Emeritus, School of Public Administration, Dalhousie University This book is an enquiry into the factors that contribute to informed voter choice during…