Seven Years On and Seven Years Out: Revisiting “Patterns, Principles and Practices in Social Innovation”

This article is the second in a series on social innovation. “This is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be foreseen. It’s also a nightmarish time. Full engagement requires the ability to perceive both.” – Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities Introduction In 2010, The Philanthropist published several…

Letter From the Editors: A Preview of the Year Ahead  

Happy new year 2017 and welcome to our 45th year of publishing. Since 1972, The Philanthropist has fostered discussion and debate on issues that matter to the non-profit sector, and provided information about the sector’s important contributions to our communities, our country, and our world. More than 530 authors have contributed to the journal since…

The Canadian Income Tax Act and the Concepts of Charitable Purposes and Activities

Recent high profile debate over regulation of registered charities’ political activities is only part of broader sector concern about onerous Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requirements with respect to other aspects of registered charities’ operations, such as reporting obligations, and constraints over foreign activities or on operating through intermediaries.  Additionally, what is required and reviewed under…

Charities, Public Policy and Advocacy – Take # 2

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Congratulations on your recent election. Like many who work and volunteer with the tens of thousands of Canadian charities operating across the country and around the world, I was delighted to see the charity related promises contained in the Liberal party’s platform. Your government has committed to ending the “political harassment”…