Resources and Challenges of Charitable Human Service Organizations in New Brunswick

INTRODUCTION Charitable organizations have a long history in Canada, as in the United States, of caring for disadvantaged populations. During the post-World War II period of the construction of the Canadian welfare state (1945–1975), the contribution of these organizations to the general welfare of the population continued but was overshadowed by state interventionism, which meant…

Unleashing the Power of Social Enterprise

This article is adapted from a speech delivered on November 8, 2007, by the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. Over the last 150 years, there has been a never-ending debate between those who espouse the free market on the one hand and socialism on the…

eyeGo to the Arts: A Simple Plan Brings the Next Generation to the Arts

Editor’s Introduction This article is the second in a series of short articles that describe projects or programs in Waterloo Region. The previous article, D.B. Scott’s “Demand and Supply: The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund Lets the Arts Community Define What’s Important and Valuable.” was published in Vol. 20, No. 4. Waterloo Region is a…

Charities and the Rule Against Perpetuities

Introduction Charitable status is a legally privileged status. The law in numerous ways, ranging from the trivial1 to the noteworthy,2 confers legal advantages upon charities. These legal advantages are often misunderstood. This is true in terms of the technical dimensions to the various advantages. It is also true at the more fundamental level of understanding…

Viewpoint: Good Remedy: Not for Every Ill

Introduction In 1991, John Carver’s Boards That Make A Difference: A New Design for Leadership of Nonprofit and Public Organizations was published in the United States. Not since then has a book on nonprofit governance generated so much interest as Richard Chait, William Ryan, and Barbara Taylor’s Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit…