Social Media: Facebook for Nonprofits

Our plan was to begin a series of columns on the use of technology by civil society organizations with a glossary of terms and tools with a balanced consideration of the benefits and challenges inherent in each. Like many plans, ours has been overtaken by events. Pundits, journalists, bloggers, and even politicians had become aware…

What’s The Law: A Sketch Of The Income Tax Treatment Of Endowments

“Endowments” are held by many Canadian charities. However, the source of these endowed funds and the nature of the legal conditions applicable to these endowments vary widely. More and more often charities that hold endowments are seeking input on how they can or should spend their endowments. The answer to whether they can only spend income…

What The Numbers Say: Change Is In The Air: The Economic Realities Of Canada’s Nonprofit Sector

The nonprofit sector—Canada’s growing economic giant. Well, you won’t read that headline anywhere. Most Canadians are unaware of the role that the country’s nonprofit sector plays in our economy. However, data from Statistics Canada continues to show what a key player the nonprofit sector really is. It also shatters old stereotypes about nonprofit organizations relying…

Letter From The Editor

Welcome to 2010 and the first issue of The (new) Philanthropist. We hope that The Philanthropist / Le Philanthrope will contribute to the strengthening of the nonprofit sector by creating space for reflection, conversation, and debate. In this first issue we present an impressive group of contributors who explore different aspects of the challenges and opportunities…

Six Enjeux Concernant L’économie Sociale Au Québec Et Au Canada

Yves Vaillancourt Introduction À la suite d’une demande de son comité éditorial, j’ai accepté d’écrire de temps en temps des articles en français dans la revue bilingue The Philantropist / Le Philanthrope. Pour le premier article, j’ai tenu compte d’une suggestion à l’effet que je livre une vision d’ensemble des principales questions auxquelles se trouve…

Canada: Civic Society Under Neglect

Mandeep Tiwana and Clare Doube remind us in their article “Civil Society Under Attack,” featured in this issue of The Philanthropist / Le Philathrope, that civil society is openly repressed and under attack in many parts of the world, which should make us feel very fortunate as Canadians. Our governments may suddenly withdraw funding from…

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