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 Urgency to Make a Personal Commitment

This article is the tenth in a series on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy, guest edited by The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. SUMMARY: Mary Simon, OC, QC, is a former President of Canada’s national Inuit organization, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and she was an Honorary Witness at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings….

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…

New Series: Canadian Charities Working Internationally

This article is the first in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. A regulatory system, and the laws that underpin it, is ideally enabling but by necessity limiting. It’s true in business, and it should be equally true with charities. What is, however, the right balance between support and limits? When working across borders,…

Introduction to Volume 26, Issue 2

By learning and sharing knowledge, we collectively strengthen our communities, our societies and the world. A commitment to learning is fundamental to Canadian innovation. At its core, innovation is about crafting new ideas to improve our lives. – His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada The National Alliance for Children and…

Book Review

Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together In Chaotic Times, by Paul Born, San Francisco, California: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.; 2014 isbn 978-1-62656-097-0 Summary: Deepening Community is Paul Born’s fourth book and his most personal reflection to date on people, relationships, and what constitutes community in today’s “chaotic” society. Born, the co-founder and President of Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement,…