Pathological Narcissism And Philanthropy: An Examination Of The Foundational Assumptions Of Philanthropy

Abstract: Philanthropy is a social construct that has individual and collective meanings demonstrated through such activities as making donations to philanthropic/ charitable organizations or directly to individuals in need. Philanthropy is common ground for both the personal beliefs and behaviours of the individual and for social structures such as incorporated charities and nonprofit organizations. Philanthropy is…

Learning, Development, And Money: Lessons From Bangladesh

Abstract: The Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) has, in its 37 year history, become one of the largest, most diverse and most effective NGOs in the world. Its micro-lending in Bangladesh topped a billion dollars last year, but that is only a small part of a story that includes 36,000 primary schools, nation-wide health programs,…

Viewpoint: Ontario’s Donation of Food Act

In June 1994 the Ontario legislature passed An Act Respecting the Donation of Food 1 • Little or no publicity accompanied the passage of this short Act, which substantially alters the common law governing the liability of food banks and donors to food banks for the products distributed by the banks. Section (1)(1) relieves both…

Charitable Leverage: Banking and Finance Centres

“Canada’s financial system is part of an increasingly integrated world-wide network of financial markets and intermediaries”. 1 Turbulent times, new technology, and rapid changes in regulations are increasing the pressure to keep up with the latest techniques and to invent more. Are Canadian financiers identifying and exploiting current changes? Are they adapting to the new…

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The Golden Donors: A New Anatomy of the Great Foundations By Waldemar A. Nielsen Published by E.P. Dutton, New York, 1989 ($12.95) REVIEWED BY DAVID E. SPIRO Member, The Ontario Bar This book is a detailed and thorough study of the largest U.S. foundations. A total of 36 foundations is discussed, each with at least…

Viewpoint: Rethinking Charity: What Do We Owe Each Other?

The way in which we decide what qualifies as a charitable purpose deserves to be considered in the context of broader public policy rather than be confined, as it often is, to merely technical debates about the application of ancient definitions of charitable purpose to new situations. The numerous tax subsidies available to charities would…

Community Foundations – An Idea Whose Time Has Come

In 1914, a lawyer banker by the name of Frederick Harris Goff was responsible for creating a new kind of trust, the Cleveland Foundation. He envisaged that it would provide an efficient means for a person of good will who achieves success in a community to leave something behind for the community’s benefit… and this…