Government Has a Role in Strengthening Canada’s Charities and Non-Profits: Senators Mercer, Omidvar

Canada’s charitable and non-profit sector is the second largest in the world. More than 24 million Canadians — about two-thirds of the population — donated to a charity or non-profit organization in 2013. But, as generous as Canadians are, there are still underlying challenges in the charitable and non-profit sector, which is in danger of…

Le gouvernement a un rôle à jouer dans le renforcement des organismes de bienfaisance et sans but lucratif du Canada: sénateurs Mercer et Omidvar

Le secteur de la bienfaisance et sans but lucratif du Canada est le deuxième en importance dans le monde. Plus de 24 millions de Canadiens, soit environ les deux tiers de la population, ont effectué un don à un organisme de bienfaisance ou sans but lucratif en 2013. Mais, aussi généreux que soient les Canadiens, il y…

150 Profiles: Senator Ratna Omidvar

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: The Honourable Ratna Omidvar, C.M., O.Ont. Current role in the sector: Independent Senator for Ontario, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) at the Ted…

Viewpoint: Sustainability—Illusion or Reality?

“Viewpoint” offers an opportunity for discussion of topics and opinions of particular interest to the philanthropic sector. This article was developed from a presentation to the 2001 Annual Conference of the Trillium Foundation. Achieving sustainability is the “Holy Grail” for many grantmakers. Some funders choose to focus on the power of public policy as the…

Making Your Fund-Raising Strategy Accessible

Look around folks! Most of Canada’s major cities are not longer predominantly Anglo-Saxon and never will be again. Toronto is one of the most dramatic examples. The diversity of cultures and races has turned Toronto into one of the most vibrant and exciting cities on the continent. These dramatic changes offer both a challenge and…