Canada 150 Profiles: Shereen Munshi

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: Shereen Munshi Current role in the sector: Communications Coordinator at The Circle on Philanthropy & Aboriginal Peoples in Canada Years working and/or…

Canada 150 Profiles: Keenan Wellar

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: Keenan Wellar Current role in the sector: Co-Leader and Director of Communications at LiveWorkPlay.ca Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit…

Philanthropy in the Arctic: Good Intentions or Good Works?

This article is the fourth in a series on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy. There may be no better phrase to describe the past century of southern intervention in the Canadian Arctic than the maxim “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” As philanthropic, charitable, and non-governmental organizations seek to address development challenges in the…

A Chilly Time for Charities: Audits, Politics and Preventing Poverty

This article is the eighth in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. SUMMARY: In this opinion piece, Philanthropist editor Gordon Floyd takes a look at the recent flurry of charity audits by CRA’s Charities Directorate and notes that many have been of charities, such as environmental groups, whose views are at odds with those…

The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action

This article is the second in a series on Indigneous Communities and Philanthropy. SUMMARY: On June 1, 2015, a group of Canadian philanthropic organizations and individual funders presented a collective Declaration of Action to the closing session of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Ottawa. Signatories pledge, among other things, to work towards reconciliation and…

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…

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…