Social Media: Developing a Social Media Strategy

What if I told you only 185,000 out of 200 million Facebook members worldwide have ever given money to a charity through Facebook? You might be disappointed at the lack of generosity. You might assume that not many Facebook members are interested in charity. Now what if I told you that not only do almost…

Social Media: Lessons From The “Front Lines”—One Engo’s Foray Into The Brave New World Of Social Media

The organization I work for, the Canadian parks and wilderness society (CPAWS), is facing the same challenges as many other NGO’s these days—our tradition—al donor base is aging and the response rate to our direct mail prospecting campaigns is declining slowly but surely. But it’s not just funding to keep our organization growing that motivates…

What’s The Law: Eliminating The Disbursement Quota: Gold Or Fool’s Gold?

Introduction The federal budget in March 20101 announced the elimination of a significant part of the disbursement quota for charitable organizations and changes to related provisions. The reform of the disbursement quota came after a substantial effort by associations representing charities, such as Imagine Canada and the Canadian Bar Association, to reform the disbursement quota. Charitable…

Profession: Philanthrope

Abstract: Who should be called a philanthropist today? Usually, this designation applies to members of the rich elite who donate important sums of money to different charitable causes. But this image is somewhat inaccurate. The paper presents some thoughts on philanthropy and on the profiles and motivations of philanthropists. Summary: Today, who should be called a philanthropist?…

Letter From The Editor

Welcome to the Spring 2010 issue of The Philanthropist. Our February issue focused on some of the big challenges facing the Canadian nonprofit sector. We heard from you that you like the approach and look of the “new” Philanthropist, and that these are indeed the big questions facing the sector. In this issue, we explore…

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