Book Review

Canadian Public Policy And The Social Economy Edited by Rupert Downing Victoria, bc: University of Victoria; 2012 isbn 978-1-5505-8453-0 This volume elucidates key themes of a unique five-year national social economic research collaboration engaging 350 Canadian researchers—both academics and practitioners. One of the strengths of the collaboration, in my experience as one of the 350,…

Pemsel Case Foundation Launched To Foster Canadian Charity Law

Abstract: Canadian charity law has not developed with the clarity and certainty currently found in similar law in many other countries. A new organization, The Pemsel Case Foundation, has been constituted to undertake research about the law of registered and common law charities and qualified donees, conduct education pertaining to that research, and make amicus curiae…

Public Policy Advocacy—a Teachable Art?

Challenge and opportunity for nonprofits doing public policy advocacy It is a treat that this edition of The Philanthropist is dedicated to public policy. The creation, evolution, and adoption of public policy affect every person in this country in ways large and small. Whether we are driving our cars, choosing how to heat our homes,…

Charity and Politics in Canada—A Legal Analysis

A Pemsel Case Foundation Occasional Paper 1. Introduction Under the present income tax law of Canada, corporations, trusts, and organizations that are registered charities are exempt from taxation on their income and may issue receipts to donors that will entitle them to credits against their tax otherwise payable if they are individuals and deductions in computing…

Let’s Give Them Something To Talk About

Introducing Democracy Talks The university students sitting around the table at the Citizens’ Academy in Ottawa have never met before, but you wouldn’t know it from all the laughter. After the facilitator starts the meeting, all the students are asked to identify themselves and a social or political issue that concerns them. The students have…

Interdisciplinarity, Experience, And Environmental Philanthropy

Professional and personal evolution I have spent my career in two kinds of institutions that most people see as remote from reality: universities and foundations. More than a decade of designing and directing university environmental programs made me wonder whether anything I had learned or taught in the academic world had much to do with…

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