StatsCan board diversity survey results

A new national study, which found that the governing bodies of Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector remain overwhelmingly white, is sparking calls for a renewed effort to make the sector look more like the people it serves. In the first study of its kind, Statistics Canada surveyed 8,835 individuals, 6,170 of whom were board members. The crowdsourced survey, announced…

Reforming Income Tax Act’s “direction and control”

Senator Ratna Omidvar earlier this month introduced legislation in the Senate that proposes amendments to the Income Tax Act to allow charities to partner with non-charities and give Indigenous and racialized organizations greater freedom and power to operate. Omidvar’s Bill S-222, the Effective and Accountable Charities Act, would end the “direction and control” provision in…

As Budgets Shrink and Social Needs Increase, the Charitable Sector Looks to Solve the Longstanding “Canadian Problem” of Direction and Control

Dave Blundell was trying to fund a maternity clinic in rural Eziama, in southeast Nigeria, to prevent mothers dying in childbirth and children being sent to orphanages. A casual project meeting with local officials was abruptly halted with instructions for Blundell and his team to return the next day. When he did, he found a…

Alors que les budgets fondent et que les besoins sociaux augmentent, le secteur de la bienfaisance cherche à régler le persistant « problème canadien » de direction et contrôle

Dave Blundell essayait de financer une clinique de maternité de la région rurale d’Eziama, dans le sud-est du Nigéria, afin d’empêcher que les mères meurent en mettant leur enfant au monde et que des enfants soient envoyés dans des orphelinats. Une rencontre décontractée avec des agents locaux, en vue de discuter du projet, a été…

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

The COVID-19 Crisis Presents an Opportunity for Canada’s Charitable Sector to Disrupt the Status Quo: Sector Leaders

As Canada’s charities continue to respond to a severe pandemic-related financial beating, they are also confronting serious questions about their business models, their lack of crisis preparation, and their need for an effective collective voice. Sector leaders, as well as those delivering front line services, see the need for big changes ahead, especially in the…

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

D’après des leaders du secteur caritatif canadien, la crise de la COVID-19 offre au secteur une chance de mettre fin au statu quo

Alors que les organismes de bienfaisance canadiens continuent de faire face à de graves problèmes financiers liés à la pandémie, ils sont aussi confrontés à de sérieuses questions au sujet de leurs modèles d’affaires, de leur manque de préparation à la crise, et de leur besoin de s’unir pour lancer des messages efficaces. Des leaders…

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

Relaxed Funding Approaches Provide Crucial Lifeline to Charities Grappling with the COVID-19 Pandemic

The charitable sector is responding rapidly to the expanding impact of the pandemic, in terms of outreach, operations, and advocacy. In the coming weeks, The Philanthropist will provide up-to-date coverage, as well as our usual reporting and commentary on other news of relevance to foundations, charities, and non-profits. Read more of our COVID-19 coverage.    From the depths of…

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

Les organismes de bienfaisance s’unissent pour demander le soutien et la collaboration, alors que la crise de la COVID-19 augmente les besoins et suscite de nouveaux risques opérationnels

Note du rédacteur : Le secteur caritatif répond rapidement à l’impact croissant de la pandémie, pour ce qui est de la sensibilisation, des opérations et de la défense des intérêts. Au cours des prochaines semaines, The Philanthropist suivra l’actualité en plus de publier nos rapports et commentaires habituels concernant d’autres nouvelles d’intérêt pour les fondations, les…

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

Charities Unite to Request Support and Collaboration as COVID-19 Crisis Leads to Increased Need and New Operational Risks

Editor’s note: The charitable sector is responding rapidly to the expanding impact of the pandemic, in terms of outreach, operations, and advocacy. In the coming weeks, The Philanthropist will provide up-to-date coverage, as well as our usual reporting and commentary on other news of relevance to foundations, charities, and non-profits.     Canada’s charitable sector has always stepped up in times of crisis, but the coronavirus pandemic…