Taking Stock: How Canadian Child and Youth Agencies are Responding to Economic Challenges

Introduction Canada was one of the last countries to experience the world economic crisis of 2008-2009 and one of the most stable economies emerging from it. However, the nonprofit sector, like the private and public sectors, was not immune to the rapid impact of the economic downturn. Traditional sources of stable funding for the sector…

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…

Voluntary Social Service Organizations Working On The Determinants Of Health: Cause For Concern?

Introduction Most of what influences our health comes from outside the formal health care treatment system (Raphael, 2009; Wilkinson & Marmot, 2003). There is also general recognition that the well-being of communities depends on numerous actors– especially nonprofit organizations—operating in many environments (Health Council of Canada, 2010). Unfortunately, there are significant health inequities that persist…

Changes In Motivations And Barriers Around Giving: The Increasing Importance Of Concerns About Charity Efficiency

Introduction Identifying changes in donor motivations and barriers is important for many reasons, including helping fundraisers adapt requests for support to changing circumstances and providing charity leaders and other stakeholders with insight into emerging sector issues. In this column, I draw on data from the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering, and Participating (CSGVP) to give…

You Can’t Get There From Here

Introduction Canada’s charities and voluntary organizations number an estimated 161,000 groups1 (Hall, de Wit, Lasby, McIver, Evers, Johnston, McAuley, Scott, Cucumel, Jolin, Nicol, Berdahl, Roach, Davies, Rowe, Frankel, Brock, & Murray, 2005) in 2003 and the contribution of core nonprofit institutions was valued at $35.6 billion or 2.5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2007…

What The Numbers Say: Transparency Among Canadian Charities

Introduction Research commissioned by The Muttart Foundation indicates that Canadians have high expectations regarding the transparency of charities. For example, in three surveys conducted between 2004 and 2008, between 95% and 99% of Canadians said it was either very important or somewhat important for charities to provide information on their impact, programs and services, how…

Book Review

Modernising Charity Law: Recent Developments And Future Directions Edited by Myles McGregor-Lowndes & Kerry O’Halloran Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, u.k. & Northampton, ma, usa isbn 978-1-84980-250-5 Adam Aptowitzer Those of us who work in the area of charit y law in Canada understand that the foundation of our work is the 1601 preamble to the Statute…