A Brief History of The Philanthropist

The following brief history of The Philanthropist was produced at the re­quest of several subscribers and contributors who were interested in the background of the journal. It is published in the hope that it will be of interest to all readers and supporters. In the late 1960s a small group of lawyers established themselves as…

“But we meant well!” The Liability of Good Samaritans and Charities and Their Volunteers

PHILANTHROPIST/PHILANTHROPE AWARD FOR PROFICIENCY IN LEGAL WRITING AND ANALYSIS Honourable Mention 1988 NEVILLE AUSTIN Student-at-Law, Toronto One night in October a volunteer team with the Mountain Rescue of California saved the life of a man stranded on California’s Box Springs Mountain. Two years later, the volunteers were hit with a lawsuit from the family of…

Viewpoint: The Case Against Self-Serving Philanthropy

Readers are invited to respond to articles in this section. If appropriate, their views will be published This article was adapted from a speech to the Philanthropoids, Friends of The Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, November 29, 1988. Psychoanalysts know that you can tell a lot about what’s on people’s minds by paying attention to their…

Creating a Corporate Volunteer Community

This article was developed from the 1988 Distinguished Visiting Lecture, York University Voluntary Sector Management Program, Toronto. When I was just a few years old, my father, who was the principal of an elementary school, brought home a book that had been given to him as a sample by a textbook salesman. It quickly became…

Control of Official Receipts in a Multi-Branch Environment

Introduction Many registered charities carry on activities in a decentralized fashion. These include religious bodies with numerous churches or parishes and organizations with auxiliaries, local chapters and branches (collectively referred to as branches). In these decentralized organizations, the branches may operate with varying degrees of independence from the central body or council. In some situations…

The Regulation of Fund-Raising for Charities

This article was developed from a submission to the Federal/Provincial Territorial Task Force on Gaming and Charitable Solicitation. Over the past decade we have experienced a number of attempts to regulate fund raising to protect charities and donors from abuse by unethical and dishonest fund raisers and their companies. In spite of well-intentioned efforts by provincial…

Commercial Nonprofit Enterprises in the United States: The Phenomenon of Unfair Competition

Introduction In the United States, nonprofit organizations enjoy special privileges granted by government which deliberately lower their costs of operation. When governmental funding of nonprofits began to decline in the late 1970s, many nonprofits sought alternative sources of revenue and began to enter commercial markets in competition with for-profit firms. Because of their special privileges,…

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