Rethinking Volunteerism—should It Be A Priority?

Peter O’Donnell, president of Healthy Futures Group, recently asked, “Do today’s nonprofits really want volunteers/an engaged community?” (O’Donnell, 2011, para. 1). For a number of years, I have been asking the same question, but not so succinctly or so directly. Like O’Donnell, I believe it to be a truly important question. He goes on to…

Viewpoint: Pro Bono Publico—For the Public Good

“Viewpoint” and “Counterpoint” provide forums for informed discussion of issues of wide interest to the voluntary sector. The opinions expressed are those of the authors. This article was developed from a presentation to “Fit to be Tithed”, a conference held under the auspices of the Continuing Education Committee of the Law Society of Upper Canada…

Affordable Legal Advice For Nonprofit Organizations

The Law Society of Upper Canada, which governs Ontario’s 24,000 lawyers, has established a pilot project which it hopes will lead to widespread provision of affordable legal advice to nonprofit organizations across the province. Location of the project has not been decided as a number of County District Law Associations (who will help to run…