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Book Review: The Corporate Social Mind: How Companies Lead Social Change from the Inside Out

The Corporate Social Mind: How Companies Lead Social Change from the Inside Out, by Derrick Feldmann and Michael Alberg-Seberich, Fast Company Press, Austin, Texas, 2020; 232 pp: ISBN: 978-1734324808 Are the most successful corporations those that focus primarily on the financial value they create for shareholders? Or can they be even more successful if they…

Throne Speech a mixed bag for the charitable sector

The federal Liberals have pledged to create one million jobs through “direct investments in the social sector and infrastructure,” including affordable housing, and also promised to launch an action plan for women in the economy that includes a national childcare system. The plan, delivered yesterday by Governor-General Julie Payette in a speech from the throne,…

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Sector News Digest – September 22, 2020

This week: WE fallout, charities and trust issues, new or increased funding from CanadaHelps and Chagnon, and a big win against SLAPP suits. WE fallout On September 9, founders Craig and Marc Kielburger announced that WE Charity would cease operations in Canada and that they would step down from the global organization they started in 1995….

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

Helping Others or Helping Yourself? The COVID-19 Pandemic and WE Charity Scandal Have Forced a Long Overdue Discussion About Volunteering in Canada

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged in March, Bayan Khatib knew she had to act quickly. The executive director of the Syrian Canadian Foundation was in charge of a program that taught English to newcomers to set them on the path to integration, and another that funded and mentored refugee women who want to become entrepreneurs….

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Sector News Digest – September 8, 2020

This week: UNICEF laments state of Canadian youth, McConnell Foundation pauses granting, new Canadians hold promise for giving and volunteering, and one in five Ontario charities may fold. Canada’s youth face hardship UNICEF on September 3 released Report Card 16, an annual report measuring the state of children and youth under age 18 in wealthy…

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

Is Social Innovation a Useful Tool in a Crisis? Lessons From COVID-19

This is the final installment in our series about social innovation. The series is published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist and McConnell Foundation. As we were striving to understand how the United Way-Centraide (UWC) movement has leveraged social innovation methods and tools to achieve more impact, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus quickly became the most significant global…

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De l’utilité de l’innovation sociale en temps de crise – Les leçons de la COVID-19

Alors que nous travaillions à comprendre comment le mouvement Centraide-United Way Canada (CUWC) avait amplifié son impact grâce à des méthodes et à des outils d’innovation sociale, la flambée du nouveau coronavirus a rapidement provoqué la plus importante pandémie depuis plus d’un siècle. Au Canada, les contrecoups sanitaires et financiers de la crise ont souligné…

Beyond Solidarity Statements: Brave Workplaces as a Pre-Requisite for Addressing Systemic Discrimination

This seems to be a year of reckoning on systemic discrimination for Canadian society, including in non-profit and charitable workplaces. Over the summer, I watched as many organizations responded to mass protests in Canada against systemic anti-Black racism through solidarity statements, equity and inclusion trainings, and hiring racialized and equity and inclusion staff. I also…

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Sector News Digest: August 25, 2020

This week: Freeland’s to-do list, recovery ideas from Alberta’s non-profits, pandemic fallout for Indigenous artists, and making summer fundraisers work despite social distancing  Charity reform and the new finance minister Senator Ratna Omidvar, who co-chaired the Red Chamber’s committee on charitable reform, is calling on the new Liberal finance minister to move quickly on long-sought…