Book Review: Emerging Issues in Western Canada’s Non-profit Funding Regimes

Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada: Evolving Relationships in a Changing Environment, edited by Peter R. Elson, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2016, ISBN 9781442637009 Social, political, and economic environments in Western Canada have been changing quickly; it is essential that non-profit sector leaders across Canada pay close attention. A new book…

Point / Counterpoint: Charitable Gaming: Is It Worth The Gamble?

Point : Don Bourgeois Charitable gaming is an important fundraising tool for charities. Since 1969, when charitable gaming was legalized in Canada, billions of dollars have been raised to support charitable activities in communities by registered charities, charitable organizations, and not-for-profit organizations with a charitable mandate, such as services clubs. Gaming as a fundraising tool…

Related Business: What’s Okay and What’s Not

This article is adapted from a paper prepared for the 2nd National Symposium on Charity Law, held in Toronto, Ontario, on April 14, 2004. The issue of business activities undertaken by registered charities has become critical in Canada, as in other countries. As government funding to nonprofits has been significantly reduced, many organizations are turning to…

Charitable Fund-Raising Regulation: Subject to Charter Scrutiny?

Introduction On Monday, November 29, 1993, Child Find Alberta launched a $1 million lawsuit against its professional, independently contracted fund raiser, alleging misappropriation of funds. 1 The fund raiser had conducted a door-to-door Christmas-card sales campaign for Child Find Alberta to raise money to search for missing or abducted children. The money raised was placed…

Legal Developments

Ethical Investing In (1993), 11 Philanthrop. No. 4, I reported on Harris and Others v. The Church Commissioners, an English case dealing with “ethical investing” by charitable trustees. Those interested in that subject should read the Manitoba Law Reform Commission’s Report No. 79 of 1993, Ethical Investments By Trustees. Ethical investing generally means refusing to…

From the Editor

We start the new volume with a survey of the duties and liabilities of directors of charities. The authors focusses on British Columbia law, but much of what he says applies across the country. The Philanthropist has covered several of his topics in depth, but we have not surveyed the field in some years. One…