Innovation on the Rise: Achieving Systemic Change

This article is the fourth in a series on social innovation. The challenge with understanding systemic change is that it is like describing a lake in which you are currently swimming. In Part I of this reflection on Robert Couchman’s 1992 article in The Philanthropist, titled The Politics of Resistance to Change in Innovative Programming, we…

Viewpoint: United Way, Where Are You Leading Us?

The United Way of Greater Toronto raised over $51 million in its 1995 campaign:1 a new level of achievement. Other Canadian fund-raising campaigns may exceed the total raised but nothing approaches the United Way campaign as a successful annual event. In addition, the United Way of Greater Toronto launched a capital endowment campaign in May…

Charitable Fund-Raising Regulation: Subject to Charter Scrutiny?

Introduction On Monday, November 29, 1993, Child Find Alberta launched a $1 million lawsuit against its professional, independently contracted fund raiser, alleging misappropriation of funds. 1 The fund raiser had conducted a door-to-door Christmas-card sales campaign for Child Find Alberta to raise money to search for missing or abducted children. The money raised was placed…

Endowment Funds and the Community Foundation

Introduction Endowments are a funding mechanism whose time has come. The stimuli to create endowments are coming from both sides of the funding equation. Charitable service agencies, whose traditional funding sources (government, corporations or private individuals) are in decline, are turning to endowments to reduce the stress and anxiety of annual appeals. Donors are increasingly…

Privatization and the Delivery of Personal Social Services: Is the Voluntary Board of Directors Up To the Task?

Presented to the Sixth Conference on Social Welfare Policy, St. John’s, Newfoundland, June 27-30, 1993. Introduction Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine, within the framework of privatization by government, some of the traditional functions expected to be undertaken by boards of directors of voluntary social welfare organizations. This study focuses on the…

From the Editor

We open a new volume of The Philanthropist on a different footing: quarterly if possible, but not necessarily quarterly. In the early years under founding editor Bertha Wilson and her successor Mary Louise Dickson it was the journal’s policy to publish “sporadically”, whenever a sufficient number of quality articles had been submitted. · In the…