Charities, Public Policy and Advocacy – Take # 2

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Congratulations on your recent election. Like many who work and volunteer with the tens of thousands of Canadian charities operating across the country and around the world, I was delighted to see the charity related promises contained in the Liberal party’s platform. Your government has committed to ending the “political harassment”…

Volunteering: A Catalyst For Citizen Engagement, Social Inclusion, And Resilient Communities

Introduction How can we better understand the role volunteering plays in strengthening citizen engagement, social inclusion, and building resilient communities? Reflecting on some of the transitions within the voluntary sector and trends in volunteer engagement that have emerged over the past five years will help us map out where we want voluntary action to be…

Letter From The Guest Editor

This is the second and final issue based on the theme of the voluntary sector in transition. The first issue addressed a number of the themes, not the least of which was the change in the relationship of the sector with the federal government. This issue examines a number of areas where sector organizations are…

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…