What’s The Law: Eliminating The Disbursement Quota: Gold Or Fool’s Gold?

Introduction The federal budget in March 20101 announced the elimination of a significant part of the disbursement quota for charitable organizations and changes to related provisions. The reform of the disbursement quota came after a substantial effort by associations representing charities, such as Imagine Canada and the Canadian Bar Association, to reform the disbursement quota. Charitable…

Letter From The Editor

Welcome to the Spring 2010 issue of The Philanthropist. Our February issue focused on some of the big challenges facing the Canadian nonprofit sector. We heard from you that you like the approach and look of the “new” Philanthropist, and that these are indeed the big questions facing the sector. In this issue, we explore…

Letter From The Editor

Welcome to 2010 and the first issue of The (new) Philanthropist. We hope that The Philanthropist / Le Philanthrope will contribute to the strengthening of the nonprofit sector by creating space for reflection, conversation, and debate. In this first issue we present an impressive group of contributors who explore different aspects of the challenges and opportunities…

Editorial

Welcome to the second issue of The Philanthropist online. The first, in May 2009, has been well received, with good suggestions for further improvements. The Philanthropist is intended to serve the voluntary/nonpro)t/charitable sector in Canada; to do so, we need to hear from you. The editorial in the May issue highlighted changes for The Philanthropist–…

Editorial

Welcome to the new, online version of The Philanthropist. When The Philanthropist was established in the early 1970s, its goals were not dissimilar to those of today—to be a forum for ideas and discussion within and for the charitable and not-for-profit sector. However, a few things have changed over the almost four decades since the…

For the Record: Three Views on Bill C-21: Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act

Editor’s Introduction The three briefs in this For the Record comment on Bill C-21, the proposed Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act introduced by the former Liberal Government. The Bill died with the election of the Conservatives to government in early 2006. The three briefs come at the Bill from different perspectives—two more critical of it than…

Bookshelf

The Nonprofit Sector and the Government in a New Century Edited by Kathy L. Brock and Keith G. Banting Part of the Public Policy and Third Sector Series, published by The School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001, pp. 256, paper, Cdn. $27.95; cloth, $55.00. Improving Connections Between Governments and Nonprofit and…

Bookshelf

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…