150 Profiles: Princess Alexander

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: Princess Alexander Current role in the sector: President of Alexander Learmond consultancy, Vice-Chair, Entrepreneurship and Strategy Program Advisory Council, Ted Rogers School of Management,…

Book Review

Five Good Ideas—Practical Strategies For Non-profit Success Edited by Alan Broadbent & Ratna Omidvar Toronto: Coach House Press; 2011 isbn: 978-1-55245-246-2 At first glance of the cover of Five Good Ideas—Practical Strategies for Non- Profit Success, readers may conclude that the focus of the book is limited to five important areas for consideration in the…

National Summit Report

This article provides a summary of the report (Gauthier, Hamilton, Mackenzie, & Faul, 2012) of the National Summit for the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector held in Ottawa November 28-30, 2011. The product of multiple authors and contributors, the report discusses five key Summit outcomes and identifies the path forward for each of the four Priorities…

Letter From The Guest Editor

Imagine Canada, which was founded in 2005, is a national bilingual charitable organization that supports and strengthens charities and nonprofits so they can, in turn, support the Canadians and communities they serve. Over the last two years, as part of an initiative entitled “A National Engagement Strategy,” we have had the privilege of facilitating a…

Determining Grantmaking Policies and Priorities: A Continuing Process

Introduction In 1975 when I was appointed executive director of The Saint Paul Founda­tion, I found myself, at 35, privileged to direct a community foundation that was also 35 years old and had just inherited $32,000,000 through two bequests consisting of99.9 per cent unrestricted funds. Prior to 1975, the Foundation had acquired something more than…

From the Editor

What are our priorities as a society? Shall we eliminate universality in the provi­sion of social services because we “can’t afford it” while at the same time permitting tax breaks for capital gains and investments in yachts and recrea­tional vehicles? As we noted in our last issue, changing tax policy through a change in govern­ment…