Canada 150 Profiles: Ada Tsang

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: Ada Tsang Current role in the sector: Co-Founder and Vice-President of Talent and Strategy at Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Nonprofit; Project and…

Canada 150 Profiles: Ikem Peter Opara

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: Ikem Peter Opara Current role in the sector: Strategy Lead, Connected People at Ontario Trillium Foundation Years working and/or volunteering in…

Interview with Chief Dr. Robert Joseph and Karen Joseph

This article is the third in a series on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy. This short video documentary, produced by The Philanthropist in collaboration with The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, marks The Philanthropist’s very first recorded article. The video presents a conversation-style interview with Reconciliation Canada’s Ambassador Chief Dr. Robert Joseph and…

Evaluating Collective Impact: Five Simple Rules

Summary: Since the 1960s, the field of evaluation has struggled to develop concepts and methods that are useful for the complex work of community change. The ambitious nature of the latest iteration of community change approaches, Collective Impact, amplifies this challenge. This article describes five simple rules that have emerged out of 50 years of trial…

Book Review

Human Resource Management In The Nonprofit Sector: Passion, Purpose And Professionalism Edited by Ronald J. Burke & Cary L. Cooper Northamption, MA: Edward Elgar; 2012 ISBN 978-0-85793-729-2 Nonprofit organizations, as the mission-driven agents of change, are moving from the margins to the centre of our social fabric, especially as government spending on social programs, as a…

Climbing The Ladder: The Role Of Youth In Setting Sectoral Strategy

Show Roger Hart’s Ladder of Young People’s Participation (1997) to a room full of engaged young people and you will likely be greeted with vigorous head nods. “How many of you have experienced the bottom three rungs of the ladder—manipulation, decoration, or tokenism?” I tentatively asked a youth audience several years ago during a civic…

The NPO Dilemma: HR And Organizational Challenges In Nonprofit Organizations

Running a nonprofit organization (NPO) is challenging. As an executive, your responsibilities include strategy, program delivery, fundraising, and day-to-day operations. Not to mention board relationships, managing your numbers, keeping the lights on, and the “care and feeding” of the folks who arrive at work every day. NPOs require skilled staff in order to address strategic…