Seven Years On and Seven Years Out: Revisiting “Patterns, Principles and Practices in Social Innovation”

This article is the second in a series on social innovation. “This is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be foreseen. It’s also a nightmarish time. Full engagement requires the ability to perceive both.” – Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities Introduction In 2010, The Philanthropist published several…

Canada 150 Profiles: Lynn Bevan

As part of our celebration of Canada’s 150th, 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: Lynn Bevan Current role in the sector: Lawyer. Donor. Volunteer. Advisor.  Alternate Discrimination and Harassment Counsel for the Law Society of Upper…

Canada 150 Profiles: Keenan Wellar

As part of our celebration of Canada’s 150th, 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: Keenan Wellar Current role in the sector: Co-Leader and Director of Communications at LiveWorkPlay.ca Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit…

Canada 150 Profiles: Patrick Johnston

As part of our celebration of Canada’s 150th, 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: Patrick Johnston Profession (current role in the sector): Philanthropic consultant and volunteer board director  Years working and/or volunteering in the…

The Canadian Income Tax Act and the Concepts of Charitable Purposes and Activities

Recent high profile debate over regulation of registered charities’ political activities is only part of broader sector concern about onerous Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requirements with respect to other aspects of registered charities’ operations, such as reporting obligations, and constraints over foreign activities or on operating through intermediaries.  Additionally, what is required and reviewed under…

Charities Have a Moral Obligation to Help Develop Public Policy

SUMMARY: The election of the Trudeau Liberals follows several years of tension between the federal government and a sizeable group of Canadian charities, and flags an opportunity for the charitable, non-profit sector. Max Bell Foundation’s Senior Fellow Roger Gibbins has been examining the roles charities play in delivery of social programs and policy initiatives of…