Pulse-check with sector leaders on mental health

The massive upheaval caused by COVID-19 has put pressure on all levels of the non-profit workforce, leading to rising levels of burnout, compassion fatigue, stress, and anxiety. We talked to leaders across the sector about their mental health, their outlook on leadership, and how they’re supporting their teams through this period.



A brewing showdown over disbursement quotas

During the pandemic, as charities have grappled with the double burden of increased demand for services and reduced capacity to fundraise, some have asked why Canada’s foundations – public and private – aren’t drawing more from their investment accounts to support the causes they funded in the before-times.

The future of work

Ready or not, the future of work is already here. For those who make the world of work their business, there’s reason for both optimism and concern.

Diversity and Inclusion

Next-gen leaders

In this interview with Leslie Woo (CivicAction) and Adwoa K. Buahene (TRIEC), the two CEOs ask what “build back better” means – and for whom?

Arts and Culture

First Person

The Philanthropist Interview: Janice Stein

Janice Stein was the founding director of the Munk School at the University of Toronto (1998 to 2014). She is currently the university’s Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.

Series on PhiLab

PhiLab: What research can tell us about philanthropy

Earlier this year, with the goal of building stronger connections between the academic community at PhiLab – the Canadian research network on philanthropy based in Montreal – and the charitable and non-profit sector, we commissioned journalist Diane Bérard to conduct interviews with a range of PhiLab researchers.

Sector News Digest

  • Catherine Phillips

    Mary Simon named Governor General; using radio to share residential school stories; new ONN survey; fresh StatsCan data on the sector’s performance; a case for funding community infrastructure; and a US court ruling on donor privacy.

  • Angela Long

    This week: Sector responses to residential school discoveries in Kamloops, anti-Muslim terror in London, and anti-Asian hate crimes in Vancouver; progress on S-222; new findings

  • Rachel Chen

    This week: A decolonization report, suspected CRA anti-Muslim bias, digital development, university donor dumpster fires, and a Digital Publishing Awards nomination! “Restitution from the perspective

  • Angela Long

    This week: Budget 2021, the feds respond to the Senate’s sector report; Volunteer Week; gender policy and the recovery; and hunting for vaccines online. Budget

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Personalities & Interviews

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.