150 Profiles: Clare Northcott

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: Clare Northcott Current role in the sector: Business Program Manager for Family Plus Life Solutions Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector:  Twenty-seven….

Letter From The Guest Editor

We have been talking about accountability of charitable and nonprofit organizations for as long as I have been working in this sector, which is going on some 22 years now. The issue has hardly gone away. If anything, it looms larger and presents more urgency, as there seems to be a growing perception among the public,…

New Investment Powers for Charities

Application of Trust Law to Charities Introduction Trust law dealing with investment powers and duties may be applicable to charities in any of three ways: ( 1) the charity may be organized as a charitable trust; (2) the charity, even though organized as a corporation, may hold some funds subject to a trust separate from…

Improving Board Performance

Introduction This article presents a nonacademic review of what it takes to create effective boards for nonprofit organizations. It identifies the main factors affecting the board’s operation which shape its impact on the organization. For each set of factors, the typical problems that can arise are noted and various approaches to handling them discussed. The…

Governance and Control for Not-For-Profit Organizations

Today, it is almost a truism to say that not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) need strong governance and control. Gone are the days when various levels of government could be relied on to fund a substantial part of the operating budget, when corporate and personal donations were often a matter of straightforward philanthropy and when the “customers”…

From the Editor

This issue takes us back to basics: death and taxes, food and sex. The basics are not always simple, of course, or we could not offer any analyses of these old topics. Professor Phillips leads off with food, notably Ontario’s Donation of Food Act. He criticizes the Act for shifting the risk of negligent harm…

Cause-Related Marketing: Ethical Practice or Exploitive Procedure?

Introduction The growth of cause-related marketing (CRM) has been phenomenal; however, the question remains whether or not this technique is “strategic” philanthropy or only exploitive business self-interest. Consideration of whether CRM is ethical, or can be ethical, has important implications for how this tool is used by marketers and not-for-profit organizations and for the establishment…