The revival of Canada’s local news and information landscape requires an ecosystem approach, and philanthropy can play a critical role through strategic funding.
While there is increasing attention to DEI in the charitable and non-profit sector, there are unexplored opportunities for creating positive change, from everyday operations to supply chain practices – a phenomenon dubbed “supplier diversity.”
The climate crisis, polarization, wellness – for staff and leaders, digital acceleration, the affordability crisis, trust and collaboration. In a time of “polycrisis,” we asked sector leaders what shifts and challenges they’re focused on.
Groups that aim to restrict transgender, sex worker, and reproductive rights, among others, are “professionalizing” and wielding increasing influence over humanitarian and social justice spaces.
“The schools were government-designed but church-operated,” notes one of the developers of a project called Bring Back the Buffalo. “It’s part of the church history, and today churches and their people are learning and trying to respond appropriately.”
Suncor Energy Foundation, which celebrated 25 years in 2023 – the hottest year on record – doesn’t shy away from difficult conversations about where its money comes from.
Philanthropy is the target of much criticism, and good critique is part of a conversation. Sector leaders talk about what to do in response to the criticism that philanthropy has failed to provide support “where it’s needed most.”
I’m reluctant to offer a view without evidence, but I’m going ahead because any curious reader can readily find many examples on their own of
What happens when we neglect to disseminate timely, factual information in the languages newcomers speak and in the digital spaces they use?
The Liber Ero Fellowship program gives highly trained conservation and biodiversity scientists, not yet bogged down by teaching, the tools and resources to make a difference at the beginning of their careers.
What happens when we are intentional about being a good host? Host Holly McLellan talks with guests Joleen Mitton, Justin Wiebe, and Josh Paterson about their experiences and reflections from The Circle’s 2023 All My Relations gathering.
Contributors Inda Intiar and Njoki Mbũrũ offer tangible examples of how storytelling is enabling and catalyzing systems transformation within the philanthropic ecosystem – and some important lessons about the importance of relationships, slowing down, and self-awareness learned along the way.
Series on Work in Progress
In the face of unprecedented demand for services, financial vulnerabilities, and a human resources crisis, the sector is at a crossroads. In this introduction to our Work in Progress series, which will examine the key issues relevant to the future of non-profit work and workers, contributor Yvonne Rodney outlines some of the fixes that are needed now.
When long-serving leaders leave their roles, what can we learn from them that will help our sector traverse the challenging times ahead?
With remote and hybrid work the new norm post-pandemic, non-profits are tailoring strategies to ensure that employees feel heard, seen, and valued – and have discovered that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach.
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The sector’s data problem needs a unified approach, but organizations are struggling to get on the same page. From developing new data-sharing tools to convincing funders that data is crucial to their charitable missions, here’s how non-profits and charities are coordinating a data renaissance.
A group of foundation leaders is making the case that healthy news ecosystems are critical to the well-being of our communities, planet, democracy – and funders’ missions.
In part two of a series looking at the role of The Philanthropist Journal within the broader charitable and non-profit sector, contributor Tim Harper shifts focus from the past to the future, from the sector’s “elders” to its “reformers.”
ONN’s Cathy Taylor and consultant Kris Cummings tackle the question of whether the network model is a good approach during times of crisis. The stories of three networks offer some practical experiences and yield some consistent, yet nuanced, lessons.
The original version of this story, published in 2007, is one of The Philanthropist Journal’s most popular pieces of all time. In this updated version, Peter Elson and Peyton Carmichael expand on that detailed (and not so short) history.
Charitable status is a legally privileged status. The law in numerous ways, ranging from the trivial to the noteworthy, confers legal advantages upon charities. These legal advantages are often misunderstood.
What do Indigenous Peoples mean when they talk about Indigenous philanthropy? Miles Morrisseau put this question and others to Indigenous people who are leaders in the philanthropic sector.
This article was developed from a paper presented at Investigating in the Whole Community: Strategies for a Caring Society, a conference organized by the Trillium
Yvonne Rodney is a Toronto author, career consultant, speaker, and non-profit worker with extensive experience in career development. She is the author of Moving On: A Quick Guide for Non-Profit Workers and Military to Civilian Employment: A Career Practitioner’s Guide.
Christina Palassio is a non-profit communications professional and freelance writer. When she tweets, she does so at @mcpalassio.
Angela Long is a freelance writer currently working on a book about rural journalism in Canada.
Miles Morrisseau is a Métis writer, journalist, and multimedia producer from the Métis homeland in Manitoba.
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