Foreign Activities by Canadian Registered Charities: Challenges and Options for Reform

The following paper is the culmination of  The Philanthropist’s series “Canadian Charities Working Internationally,” which began in March 2015.  In it, Toronto charity lawyer Andrew Valentine outlines the challenges with the current “direction and control” rules that apply to Canadian charities working abroad. He also presents proposals to reform the system, ranging from simple administrative…

Funding Terrorism And Charities

Summary:  The previous two issues of The Philanthropist, 23 (4) and 24 (1), featured an article prepared by Blake Bromley for the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182 in support of his personal testimony in Ottawa on October 26, 2007. The following is the final installment: the text of…

Advocacy And Lobbying For Policy Change In Zimbabwe: Women’s Lobbying For A Gender-sensitive Constitution

Summary this article describes a lobbying campaign by women in zimbabwe to ensure gender sensitivity in a new constitution—a campaign being conducted in very difficult circumstances. The description of this campaign is a further illustration of how rights set out in international agreements can be applied in domestic public policy processes. While the ultimate goal…

Social Media: Facebook for Nonprofits

Our plan was to begin a series of columns on the use of technology by civil society organizations with a glossary of terms and tools with a balanced consideration of the benefits and challenges inherent in each. Like many plans, ours has been overtaken by events. Pundits, journalists, bloggers, and even politicians had become aware…

Viewpoint: A Response to “Helping Canadians Help Canadians: Improving Governance in the Voluntary Sector”

Viewpoint and Counterpoint provide a forum for informed debate of issues of wide interest in the philanthropic sector. The opinions expressed are those of the authors.  [This Discussion Paper resulted from a study of accountability by an independent panel commissioned by the Voluntary Sector Roundtable. It was released for consultation at the annual symposium of…

Charity and the Canadian Income Tax: An Erratic History

I feel strongly that when the history of these great days comes to be written that one of the brightest statements that we shall be able to make will be concerning that great achievement the voluntary support towards this great cause.1 Introduction From time to time, when it has suited its purposes, the Government of…