Threshold Of Transformation [poem]

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? What would you do if anything you set your mind to would come true? What would you do if you never had a single doubt whatsoever regarding any endeavour, if all your beliefs and aspirations were not caught in a box locked by grief from…

Accountable Reporting For Nonprofit Organizations

Introduction One only needs to look as far as their local newspaper to observe the increasingly vocal call for the accountability of nonprofit organizations. Whether the issue at hand is administration costs or the need for transparency, stakeholders, including the general public, are taking more interest in organizations that receive “public funds” (whether they be…

The Importance Of Taking Risks In Philanthropy

There’s a general recognition that large-scale philanthropy has underperformed. This suggests we need more risk taking, more entrepreneurial approaches and more vision. – Mitchel Kapor (Brodbeck, 2011, para. 4) Philanthropy provides us with the opportunity to seek out innovative solutions to complex societal problems. Exploring new ideas, testing new approaches, and engaging in a cycle…

Book Review

High Ideals And Noble Intentions –voluntary Sector-government Relations In Canada by Peter R. Elson Toronto: University of Toronto Press; 2011 isbn: 978-1-4426-1098-9 Don McRae The major question raised by Peter Elson’s book is why the relationship between the voluntary sector and the federal government has taken the shape that it has. This is an important…

Book Review

Modernising Charity Law: Recent Developments And Future Directions Edited by Myles McGregor-Lowndes & Kerry O’Halloran Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, u.k. & Northampton, ma, usa isbn 978-1-84980-250-5 Adam Aptowitzer Those of us who work in the area of charit y law in Canada understand that the foundation of our work is the 1601 preamble to the Statute…

What’s The Law: The New Not-for-Profit Corporations Acts

The increased focus on governance in the corporate world has resulted in new regulations in the nonprofit sector. One of the major changes is occurring in the area of corporate law. Federally, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act1 (CNCA) was proclaimed in force on October 17, 2011, and will replace Part II of the Canada Corporations…

Risk Issues And Social Enterprise In Canada

Foreword SiG@MaRS, the Social Innovation Generation program at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, provides services to social entrepreneurs who come to MaRS to get help with their social enterprise or social purpose business. Regardless of the stage of development, the issue of incorporation comes up: “Should I incorporate as for-profit, not-for-profit, or a charity?”…

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