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…

Viewpoint: Social Policy in Difficult Times: A Time for Discrimination

Viewpoint expresses the particular views of contributors and does not necessarily reflect the opinions ofThe Philanthropist Readers are invited to respond to articles in this section. If appropriate, their views will be published. Unlike the popular doomsayers who have presented us with such inspiring titles as The Sinking Ark, The Coming Dark Ages and How to…