State of emergence: Why we need artists right now

What would it mean to ambitiously mobilize artists to do their most essential work well and fully, with the aim of creating a more sustainable, just, and caring society? Contributor Shannon Litzenberger calls for direct support for individual artists, as world-makers with the potential to catalyze transformative change.



50 years, 50 moments (part 3)

On the occasion of The Philanthropist Journal’s 50th year of publishing, we look back at 50 notable moments, movements, and trends that have affected the non-profit and charitable sector in Canada. Part 3 focuses on the long road to improving sector–government relations.

Diversity and Inclusion

Why philanthropy needs a new story

The story of philanthropy is not static; it evolves with every new challenge faced. Recently, the calls for reform have been loud and clear – to unlock the billions locked up in endowments, remove “direction and control,” and shift to more reciprocal relationships.

Arts and Culture

Book Reviews

In defence of philanthropy

In her strongly argued new book, author Beth Breeze takes on three main critiques of the urge to give and offers her own prescription for how philanthropy can be improved.

Series on Rethinking Philanthropy

Sector News Digest

  • Angela Long

    This week: Ontario’s inaugural Non-Profit Sector Appreciation Week, Black History Month: February and forever Organizations condemn “freedom convoy”, underfunding LGBTQ2S+ organizations and more. Ontario’s inaugural

  • Angela Long

    This month: the historic Indigenous child welfare settlement; Omicron pressure on non-profits; poverty and disability; and a new crop of environmental youth leaders. Indigenous child

  • Angela Long

    Choosing hope: Acts of reconciliation “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul,” wrote Emily Dickinson. But for the Mi’kmaq of Atlantic

  • Angela Long

    1.5 degrees of separation Against the backdrop of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, the Fondation du Grand Montréal, the Trottier Family Foundation, and the

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Personalities & Interviews

A coalition of the willing: Canada’s health charities fill the gaps in a system in crisis

Health charities play a key role in changing the status quo in our healthcare system. The pandemic has shown us “on the widest scale possible” why these charities need to collaborate and work together. We talked to the CEO of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada, Connie Côté, and the leaders of several of the 24 national health charities that form its membership, about their work and what lies ahead.

The Philanthropist Journal interview: Susan Phillips and Bob Wyatt

Susan Phillips, a professor in Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, and Bob Wyatt, executive director of The Muttart Foundation, are the editors of the comprehensive Intersections and Innovations: Change for Canada’s Voluntary and Nonprofit Sector, a free online resource published by Muttart.

More articles From the Archives

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. This assumption, however, ignores the complex web of relationships that characterized the delivery of social services in Ontario and in many English-speaking regions across Canada.