Canada 150 Profiles: Alyssa Lai

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: Alyssa Lai Profession (current role in the sector): Digital Marketing Coordinator, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation Years working and/or volunteering in…

Viewpoint: Public Engagement With Ethnic Canadians

Today, engaging ethnic Canadians is seen as a key strategy for major corporations, learning institutions, politicians, all levels of governments, and nonprofit community organizations. With the continuous rise in the number of Chinese and South Asian immigrants to the country, it is no longer enough to engage only the traditional Canadian populace. Involving ethnic populations…

What’s The Law: Registration Of Ethnocultural Charities

Organizations that provide settlement services for immigrants and ongoing support for immigrant communities play a vital role in Canadian society. These organizations provide benefits—including assistance with housing, language training, employment preparation, and social services for new immigrants, as well as ongoing programs designed to support disadvantaged communities and eliminate discrimination—that are now recognized as accruing…

Viewpoint: Sustainability—Illusion or Reality?

“Viewpoint” offers an opportunity for discussion of topics and opinions of particular interest to the philanthropic sector. This article was developed from a presentation to the 2001 Annual Conference of the Trillium Foundation. Achieving sustainability is the “Holy Grail” for many grantmakers. Some funders choose to focus on the power of public policy as the…

Staying Relevant in the Face of Demographic Change

This article was developed from a presentation to the Annual General meeting of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy on December 6, 1999 in Toronto. I am no expert in fundraising or ethnic marketing or any such specialized subject. This article is based on my experiences since arriving in Canada about 16 years ago. It draws on…

A Personal View of the Vancouver Society Decision

At a time when most Canadians have become familiar with many modes of education, ranging from the Internet and CD-ROMS to workshops and discussion groups, it was peculiar that, for the purposes of the Pemsel2  test of charity, the phrase “advancement of education” has been considered by the Federal Court of Appeal, in a number of…