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…

Book Reviews

Contributing Citizens: Modern Charitable Fundraising And The Making Of The Welfare State, 1920–66. By Shirley Tillotson. UBC Press, Vancouver, BC isbn 978-0-7748-1473-7 In Contributing Citizens, professor Shirley Tillotson of Dalhousie University provides an insightful look at the rise of the Community Chests. The predecessors of today’s United Way agencies, the Chests were federations of welfare…

A Short History of Voluntary Sector-Government Relations in Canada

The purpose of this article is to present an overview of the history of voluntary sector-government relations in Canada. This is a rich history, which is often overlooked and chronically underappreciated. This historical overview will cover dominant themes within each of five periods in the evolution of the voluntary sector-government relations in Canada: 1) the…

Charity and Public Welfare in History: A Look at Ontario, 1830–1950

Several historical works have described 19th-century Ontario as lacking a conception of public welfare, where the poor were largely left to the benevolence of religious charities. Consider here Stephen Speisman’s claim that “prior to 1900, the very religious character of Toronto mitigated against the assumption of social welfare responsibilities by the city government.”1 This assumption,…

Privatization and the Delivery of Personal Social Services: Is the Voluntary Board of Directors Up To the Task?

Presented to the Sixth Conference on Social Welfare Policy, St. John’s, Newfoundland, June 27-30, 1993. Introduction Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine, within the framework of privatization by government, some of the traditional functions expected to be undertaken by boards of directors of voluntary social welfare organizations. This study focuses on the…

Middle Class Windfalls and the Poverty of the Welfare State

The author wishes to thank the following for helpful comments on earlier draughts: Professor Walter E. Block, College of the Holy Cross; John D. Gregory, Editor, The Philanthropist; Dr. John C. Goodman, National Center for Policy Analysis; Professor Dwight R. Lee, Washington University; Dr. Gerald L. Musgrave, Economics America Inc.; Dr. Filip Palda, The Fraser…

Issues, Priorities and Structure of the Canadian Voluntary Sector

This article was developed from a presentation to the 1990 Spring Research Forum of Independent Sector and the United States Strategic Institute in Boston. This article examines the economic and political importance of the voluntary sector in Canada and discusses the lack of co-ordination of political effort by voluntary organizations, in spite of widely shared…