150 Profiles: Bruce MacDonald

As we mark the 150th anniversary of confederation, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the non-profit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector.   Name: Bruce MacDonald Current role in the sector: President and CEO, Imagine Canada Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector: Working since 1983, but…

Letter From The Guest Editor: Collective Impact

Since its introduction in the Winter 2011 edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the theory of “Collective Impact” presented by FSG consultants John Kania and Mark Kramer (2011) has attracted considerable attention in the United States, Canada, and around the world. According to Regina Starr Ridley, Publishing Director, “ ‘Collective Impact’ is SSIR’s most…

Point / Counterpoint: Collective Impact

Resolved: That Collective Impact is simply a re-branded and codified model of longstanding collaborative approaches that is too rigid to encourage genuine innovation and social change. Summary: Paul Born, President of Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement, and Don Bourgeois, Barrister & Solicitor and former editor of The Philanthropist, face off on the question of whether…

Book Review

Human Resource Management In The Nonprofit Sector: Passion, Purpose And Professionalism Edited by Ronald J. Burke & Cary L. Cooper Northamption, MA: Edward Elgar; 2012 ISBN 978-0-85793-729-2 Nonprofit organizations, as the mission-driven agents of change, are moving from the margins to the centre of our social fabric, especially as government spending on social programs, as a…

Indigenous Youth Voices And The Role Of Philanthropy

Introduction Indigenous peoples in Canada belong to diverse and distinct Nations and are an increasingly young population. Although Indigenous communities differ in language, culture, and geographical location, they often share similar political and social histories that have had many negative intergenerational effects on the current generation. Unless the situation changes for the better for Indigenous…

Turning Shame Into Pride: Reshaping Stigma By Raising Voices

Introduction This article discusses the stigma faced by young people growing up in state care. It presents an exploration of the concept of stigma and considers the potential economic, social, and political consequences of growing up with a public stigma. It then describes techniques that support the engagement of young care-leavers by providing a platform…

Social Networking And Other Technologies: Capturing The Attention And Maintaining The Social Significance Of An Issue For Young People

Introduction This article is about ways in which digital natives converse day-to-day and explains the value in knowing how they converse. “Digital native” is a term that is used to describe young people in First World countries who were born into an era during which the Internet truly became popular: the digital era. The focus…