Why the Absence of Global Charity Headquarters in Canada?

This article is the fifth in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. Canadians like to think of themselves as both internationally minded people and as coming from a tradition of humanitarian action. However, few stop to ask why global charities are never headquartered in Canada. There is no major international charity with affiliated entities…

Innoweave And Collective Impact: Collaboration Is Just The Beginning

Summary: Innoweave, an award winning collaborative capacity building program designed and delivered by J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, SiG, and over 150 partners from all sectors across Canada, has added new workshops and resources to help groups of community organizations develop Collective Impact initiatives. Drawing from this experience, the authors describe why Innoweave added a Collective Impact…

Mergers And Amalgamations In The Canadian Nonprofit And Charitable Sector

Abstract: Difficult times and an increasingly competitive charitable sector are forcing some nonprofits and charities to consider organizational changes and collaborations. For some, a merger, the most integrated form of cooperation, is the most appropriate option. Unfortunately, many nonprofit mergers are handled poorly and the costs of the merger are far greater than expected; the…

Donor-Advised Funds in the U.S.: Controversy and Debate

This article is an edited version of a paper that was written for the McGill-McConnell Program: Master of Management for National Voluntary Sector Leaders. “It is no longer enough to do nice things with your philanthropy—it is time to do the important things.” – Peter Goldmark, former president, Rockefeller Foundation1  GLOSSARY Charity or public charity: One…

Selected New Developments in the Liability of Directors and Officers of Charitable and Nonprofit Corporations

(1) Developments in Respect of the “Director-Trustee Dilemma” One of the issues that has plagued the area of charitable corporations law in Ontario is whether, and to what extent, the directors of such corporations are “trustees” of corporate assets. In a number of Ontario cases (discussed herein) courts have held that, at least for certain…

Accounting for Debt Financing and Going-Concern Issues

Introduction In the past, not-for-profit organizations have generally been able to manage their affairs in a way that avoided being heavily dependent on debt financing. Times have changed. Government funding has not been keeping pace with inflation. New programs are being developed to meet the needs of the community. Facilities are aging and need to…