Review Essay

How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change,  By Joe Clark, Toronto, ON: Random House Canada, 2013 ISBN 9780307359070 Gambatte: Generations of Perseverance and Politics, A Memoir, By David Tsubouchi, Toronto, ON: ECW Press, 2013 ISBN 101770411313 Given the ongoing debates over the appropriateness of charities engaging in political activities, two recent books shed light on the…

Point / Counterpoint: Collective Impact

Resolved: That Collective Impact is simply a re-branded and codified model of longstanding collaborative approaches that is too rigid to encourage genuine innovation and social change. Summary: Paul Born, President of Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement, and Don Bourgeois, Barrister & Solicitor and former editor of The Philanthropist, face off on the question of whether…

Point / Counterpoint: Resolved: The Demands For Accountability By Charities Have Reached Extreme And Unrealistic Levels

Point: Bob Wyatt Just before Christmas, another self-proclaimed watchdog declared that too many charities are spending too much money on administration instead of on their missions. This led to the usual media furor and comments on media websites alleging that all charities are scams, and “I’m not going to give my money to any of them.”…

Point / Counterpoint: Resolved: That The Voluntary Sector Doesn’t Get A Fair Deal From The Media

Point : Bob Wyatt I am frankly well beyond frustrated by the media coverage of Canada’s voluntary sector. Or perhaps it might be more appropriate to call it non-coverage. Oh, sure, there are the “fluff ” stories—so-called human interest stories, usually featuring children or small animals. And there are, of course, the so-called scandal stories—somebody…

Letter From The Editor

This issue of The Philanthropist focuses on “diaspora,” which became a popular term in the 1980s. Broadly defined, diaspora is the relocation of people away from their countries of origin, whether through choice or need, and for centuries Canada has seen an influx of immigrants from all corners of the globe. To orient us with…

Letter From The Editor

Welcome to the fourth 2010 issue of The Philanthropist. This issue discusses public policy and how various parts of the charitable and not-for-profit sector participate in public policy making—and how it should be done. It is an area in which the sector has generally failed to have substantial and sustained influence. Before I focus on…

Letter From The Editor

These days if you attend any nonprofit gathering, it doesn’t take long before the phrases “social innovation” and “social finance” pop up. However, as you listen to the conversations, you begin to wonder whether everyone is talking about the same thing. Are social innovation and social finance something new or just the latest fads? In this…

Point / Counterpoint: Charitable Gaming: Is It Worth The Gamble?

Point : Don Bourgeois Charitable gaming is an important fundraising tool for charities. Since 1969, when charitable gaming was legalized in Canada, billions of dollars have been raised to support charitable activities in communities by registered charities, charitable organizations, and not-for-profit organizations with a charitable mandate, such as services clubs. Gaming as a fundraising tool…