Charitable Fund-Raising Regulation: Subject to Charter Scrutiny?

Introduction On Monday, November 29, 1993, Child Find Alberta launched a $1 million lawsuit against its professional, independently contracted fund raiser, alleging misappropriation of funds. 1 The fund raiser had conducted a door-to-door Christmas-card sales campaign for Child Find Alberta to raise money to search for missing or abducted children. The money raised was placed…

Legal Developments

Ethical Investing In (1993), 11 Philanthrop. No. 4, I reported on Harris and Others v. The Church Commissioners, an English case dealing with “ethical investing” by charitable trustees. Those interested in that subject should read the Manitoba Law Reform Commission’s Report No. 79 of 1993, Ethical Investments By Trustees. Ethical investing generally means refusing to…

From the Editor

The present, past and future of charities all get some attention in this issue. The present state of Canadian charities includes a mix of organizations of national scope and of much smaller operations. The nation-wide charity inevitably faces the language question: can we operate effectively in both national languages? As Jean-Claude Carisse points out, the…