Canada 150 Profiles: Sahar Vermezyari

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: Sahar Vermezyari Current role in the sector: Program Manager of Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy (AFP Foundation for Philanthropy–Canada) Years working…

Method Matters: How To Avoid Common Policy Traps

Good policy development lies as much in the “how” as in the “what.” This is because the process used to develop policy positions can either lead one headlong into common policy development traps or help one to sidestep these and continue safely to one’s goal—producing good policy. This article looks at what we mean by…

Book Reviews

Uncharitable: How Restraints On Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential by Dan Pallotta Medford, Mass: Tufts University Press isbn: 978-1-58465-723-1 in recent years, there has been increasing discussion ab ou t the “blurring” of the lines that separate the charitable sector from the private sector. To many people, the argument goes, the concept of “charity” is no…

“Oil And Water Or The Perfect Margarita?” Where Is The “social” In “the Social Economy?”

Abstract: “Philanthrocapitalism”—the belief that business thinking can strengthen philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector—is the latest buzzword among donors, journalists and politicians, but has its impact been overrated? Does mixing for-profit with not-for-profit values and approaches produce the “perfect margarita” of “creative capitalism” or pour “oil on water” in ways that pollute civil society and reduce…

Charities in Business, Business in Charities, Charities and Business—Mapping and Understanding the Complex Nonprofit/Business Interface

For the analytical purposes of this paper, nonprofits and charities are presented as roughly synonymous, except where indicated.  Introduction A new pro-business zeitgeist has made for-profit initiatives more acceptable in the nonprofit world. (Dees, 1998, p. 3) One of the most important dynamics in the charitable sector in Canada at the present time is its…

Reconnecting Communities: Two Scenarios for the 21st Century*

This article was developed from a presentation to the National Conference for the Community Foundations of Canada, May 24, 1996. Two Scenarios for the 21st Century 1. A Polarized Society Marginalization of citizens-youth, minorities, low-skilled workers. Less social spending, but more spending on public security. Professional and technical workers with high skill are well compensated and…