Welcome to The Philanthropist’s new look and digital platform

Since its inception in 1972, The Philanthropist has been a forum for thinking about the charitable and non-profit sector in Canada. The journal has provided practical and thoughtful information by and for charitable and non-profit practitioners, board members, volunteers, and all those with an interest in the sector. The journal’s purpose was clearly set out…

Video: Frances Lankin

Frances Lankin’s reflections in this video, “reflections from the retiring executive director of the Toronto United Way,” Frances Lankin discusses the need to pull voices from different communities together to collectively work toward sustainable change. She addresses some of the major challenges facing communities: poverty and engaging youth. Lankin feels that the required changes need…

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Causeway re-imagines money causeway is a collaborative project on social finance anchored with Social Innovation Generation (SiG) National. Causeway invites people to re-imagine money with a goal to fast-track Canada’s adoption of social finance and focus on sustainable social and economic change. SiG is a national collaboration between MaRS, the University of Waterloo, J.W. McConnell…

Video: Clay Shirky on Ushahidi

Clay Shirky on Ushahidi from tracking wildlife in kenya to the moderation of elections in Mexico, from snow cleanup in Washington state to risk prevention around forest fires in Italy, Ushahidi is a website that offers a social networking platform for “democratizing information, increasing transparency, and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories.”…

The Philanthropist—Annotated Bibliography

Levis, Fern (deceased) (1972). The Protection of Charities in Ontario. The Philanthropist/Le Philanthrope, 1(1), 11-21. Keywords: Public Trustee of Ontario; Charities Accounting Act; The Mortmain and Charitable Uses Act; Charitable Gifts Act; The Corporations Act Abstract: In Ontario, the machinery for the protection of charity is available, although rather rusty in parts. A higher degree of…

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…

New Editorial Board Member

The Philanthropist is pleased to announce that Peter Broder, Corporate Counsel and Director, Regulatory Affairs at Imagine Canada, has joined the Editorial Board. Peter edited Industry Canada’s Primer for Directors of Not-for-Profit Corporations (2002) and has written extensively on policy and regulatory issues related to charities and nonprofit organizations. He holds an LL.B. from the…

Quick Referrence: What Charities Should Know About Proposed Amendments to the Income Tax Act—Gifts to Foreign Entities, Large Gifts and “Split Receipts”

In December 2002, the Department of Finance proposed changes to the Income Tax Act. Some of these proposed changes will affect registered charities, as is pointed out in the preceding article, “Comments on Certain Proposed Tax Rules Applicable to Charities: Gifts to Foreign Entities, Large Gifts and ‘Split Receipts’,” by John Loukidelis. The main changes…

Consultation Paper on Total-Return Investing by Trustees

COMMITTEE ON THE MODERNIZATION OF THE TRUSTEE ACT, Law Institute, University of British Columbia, Vancouvera 1. Investment Strategy and the Distinction Between Capital and Income The purpose of all investment is to acquire gain. It is no different in the case of a trust. Trustees invest the trust property in order to bring about an increase…