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The Law of Charitable and Not-for-Profit Organizations, 3rd ed. By Donald J. Bourgeois Published by Butterworths, 2002, 595 pp. $139. REVIEWED BY JOHN D. GREGORY of the Ontario Bar and Editor emeritus of The Philanthropist Human beings are social creatures. Some of our earliest collective action was devoted to survival, to making a way in…

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Evaluating Performance Improvement in the Non-Profit Sector: Challenges and Opportunities By Vic Murray and Kim Balfour Published by Altruvest Charitable Services, 1799 Argentia Road, Mississauga, ON L5N 3A2, 905-696-5139, <information@altruvest.com> REVIEWED BY COLIN GRAHAM Vice-President, Finance and Administration, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto Rudyard Kipling’s prudent British private who confessed, “But I’d shut my eyes…

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Reinventing Your Board By John Carver and Miriam Mayhew Carver Published by Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1997, 232 pp., $40.95 REVIEWED BY VICTOR MURRAY Faculty of Administrative Studies, University of Victoria The phenomenon know as John Carver’s “Policy Governance Model” for the management of nonprofit boards seems to be continuing unabated. By November 1998, the…

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Foundation Management in Canada: An Introduction for Trustees By Milton K. Wong, Leopold Amighetti, Jane Butterfield and Patti Ryan Published by M.K. Wong & Associates Limited, Vancouver, B.C. REVIEWED BY COLIN GRAHAM Vice President, Finance and Administration, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto Investment management is becoming increasingly complex and competitive. Foundations are not simply financiers…

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The Charity and Not-For-Profit Sourcebook By Arthur B. Drache Published by Carswell, Toronto, 1995 REVIEWED BY JAMES PHILLIPS Faculty of Law, University of Toronto At first glance The Charity and Not-For-Profit Sourcebook appears to be a new and very useful service to lawyers and others working in these areas; an addition to the growing number…

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Charitable Contributions in the OECD-A Tax Study By Sheila Arvin McLean, Rona Kluger and Robert Henrey In collaboration with the member firms of Coopers & Lybrand (International) Published by INTERPHIL, 701 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314-2045, U.S.A., 1990, pp. 173, US $35 REVIEWED BY COLIN GRAHAM Ernst & Young Modern charity law, with its…

The Ontario Council on University Affairs: A Buffer Agency

The Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities frequently has cause to consider the views of the Ontario Council on University Affairs (OCUA). OCUA strives to fulfil two roles: to serve the Minister as a continuing source of independent advice on the Ontario university system (in a sense “thinking for the Minister”) and to serve as…

INTERPHIL, the International Standing Conference on Philanthropy

INTERPHIL, the International Standing Conference on Philanthropy, is an international umbrella organization for the voluntary sector. It was founded in 1969 in Evian, France and currently has its headquarters in the United Kingdom. There are two Canadian directors, Donald Rickerd, president of the Donner Canadian Foundation, who is the present chairman, and Colin Graham, a…

Financial Reporting for Non-Profit Organizations: 1986 Update

CICA Handbook The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ research study Financial Reporting for Non-Profit Organizations was published in 1980 and discussed in The Philanthropist, Vol. 3, Summer 1981 (“Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations-as it is now and may be in the future-The Director’s Con­cerns”). The research study was positively received and widely accepted. The CICA has…