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…

150 Profiles: John Wong

As we mark the 150th anniversary of confederation, 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: John Wong Current role in the sector: Fund development and non-profit management consultant. Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector:  13 years…

Social Impact Bonds: Reflecting on Emerging Global Practice

A UK-based non-profit pioneered the social impact bond (SIB), a tool used by some governments to fund preventive social programs, in 2010. Like other forms of social finance, SIBs have proliferated rapidly in recent years, reflecting significant enthusiasm amongst governments and the voluntary sector. While many introduced SIBs with fanfare, they have also drawn intense…

A data partner for the sector

Ottawa has become a source of optimism and opportunity for the nonprofit sector. It’s worth re-reading that sentence and thinking about how different the situation was a few months ago. In the wake of controversial charity audits and questionable funding announcements, the relationship between the sector and the federal government was tense and lacking in…

Challenges to Implementing Social Finance Policy in Canada

SUMMARY : Aggressive spending-reduction policies at the federal level beg for new types of financing such as social finance and social impact bonds to fund socially beneficial projects. But the implementation of social finance tools, in particular social impact bonds, could significantly change or even increase accountability requirements by, for example, bringing third-party private sector…

Apprendre À Danser Le Tango Sur Un Fil De Fer: Agir Selon Une Approche D’Impact Collectif

Sommaire: Au cours des vingt dernières années, Lyse Brunet a été au cœur d’initiatives majeures axées sur une approche d’impact collectif en tant que vice-présidente de Centraide du Grand Montréal et première directrice générale d’Avenir d’enfants, un fonds de 400 millions de dollars créé conjointement entre le Gouvernement du Québec et la Fondation Lucie et André…