Réflexions sur 20 ans de travail à Fondations philanthropiques Canada

J’ai travaillé pendant près de 20 ans au Canada dans le domaine de la philanthropie organisée. En l’espace de deux décennies, nous avons mis sur pied Fondations philanthropiques Canada (FPC), une plateforme qui dessert maintenant plus de 130 membres. Notre objectif est d’inciter les bailleurs de fonds à travailler de façon efficace, notamment en générant un…

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Book Review: Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better

Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better, by Rob Reich. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, 2018, ISBN 9780691184395 Just Giving, by Stanford University professor Rob Reich, is a fascinating book for students of political philosophy and for thoughtful foundation leaders. It takes on fundamentally important questions: what…

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Book Review: New Power: How Power Works in our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make It Work for You

New Power: How Power Works in our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make It Work for You, by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms. Toronto, Ontario, 2018, ISBN 978-0345816443   New Power, by co-authors Australian Jeremy Heimans and British/American Henry Timms, is a timely and optimistic book about the possibilities for social and economic transformation…

The tipping point for impact investing

This article coincides with the release of a new impact investing guidebook designed to help Canadian foundations begin investing their capital for greater impact. We are at a tipping point for impact investing by foundations in Canada. A growing number are using this approach to support organizations and projects that share their mission. They are…

150 Profiles: Hilary Pearson

As we mark the 150th anniversary of confederation, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the non-profit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector. Name: Hilary Pearson Current role in the sector: President, Philanthropic Foundations Canada Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector:  Over 20 years. What was your…

The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action

This article is the second in a series on Indigneous Communities and Philanthropy. SUMMARY: On June 1, 2015, a group of Canadian philanthropic organizations and individual funders presented a collective Declaration of Action to the closing session of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Ottawa. Signatories pledge, among other things, to work towards reconciliation and…

Collective Impact: Venturing On An Unfamiliar Road

Summary: In 2010 Hilary Pearson wrote in The Philanthropist about the emerging trend of creating Funder Collaboratives to address the challenges of the 2008/2009 economic downturn. In this update, Pearson looks at the emergence of Collective Impact from a funder’s perspective, exploring whether this new approach can help address perennial questions of effectiveness and impact and…