Canada 150 Profiles: Patrick Johnston

As part of our celebration of Canada’s 150th, 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: Patrick Johnston Profession (current role in the sector): Philanthropic consultant and volunteer board director  Years working and/or volunteering in the…

Words to Action: the 2017 MBA Games show reconciliation at work

Over the last several weeks, The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The Circle) has been working alongside Canada’s philanthropic community on a national campaign to encourage individuals and organizations to learn, acknowledge, and understand more about truth and reconciliation. The Circle understands reconciliation as an “actioning” word, a verb that calls us…

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…

Infrequently Asked Questions: Campus Clubs in the Non-Profit Sector

SUMMARY: Graduate student Benjamin Miller believes that non-profit organizations (NPOs) and Canada’s non-profit sector as a whole could benefit from recognizing campus clubs as unique members of the non-profit sector, and by engaging, supporting, and learning from them. Working with campus clubs may help to unlock important areas of common interest among students, post-secondary institutions,…

Decades of Change: A Short History of International Development Organizations in Canada

This article is the sixth in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. SUMMARY: Juniper Glass traces the history of international development organizations in Canada from the earliest religious missions to the present day. The article examines the major advancement and challenges in each decade together with insights from thought leaders in the field. RÉSUMÉ :…

Challenges to Implementing Social Finance Policy in Canada

SUMMARY : Aggressive spending-reduction policies at the federal level beg for new types of financing such as social finance and social impact bonds to fund socially beneficial projects. But the implementation of social finance tools, in particular social impact bonds, could significantly change or even increase accountability requirements by, for example, bringing third-party private sector…

The Problems with Direction and Control

This article is the second in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. ABSTRACT: Canadian charities working internationally are subject to regulations that are intended to boost accountability and ensure that charitable dollars flow to genuinely charitable activity. Recently the Canada Revenue Agency has stepped up audits of these same charities. Increased accountability demands are…