The Political Purposes Doctrine in Canadian Charities Law

This article has been developed from a paper entered for The Philanthropist Award when the author was a student in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. In its original form the paper received Honourable Mention and a cash prize in the 1993-94 Competition. For further information about this Award see p. 76….

International Philanthropy in Action: Human Rights

Introduction International philanthropy usually brings to mind famine relief or using Canadian dollars and expertise to build wells and irrigation systems in Third World countries; however Canadian expertise can be used to protect lives and improve living conditions in another way-by sending Canadians to observe and report back on murders, disappearances and torture in other…

Civic, Civil or Servile?

The lecture from which this paper was developed was instituted by INTERPHIL, an international association in Geneva (founded in 1969) which promotes the ideals and practice of philanthropy worldwide. The lecture was dedicated to the memory of INTERPHIL’s late patron Henri de Koster, eminent Dutch industrialist, philanthropist and statesman, holder of INTERPHIL’s Sforza Award 1983….

CIVICUS and the Challenge of International Philanthropy

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, those who watch such things realized that a global “association revolution” was underway. Citizens’ associations, people’s movements, voluntary organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), mutual assistance groups, philanthropic foundations and other grassroots organizations were springing up all over the world, some of them in the most unlikely places-developing countries in…

Money Management: Conflicts of Interest

Frequently boards find themselves depending on outside professionals and volunteers to provide them with the information they require if they are to discharge their responsibilities to their not-for-profit organizations effectively. Boards should remember there are questions they need to ask of their money managers and their consultants, and most importantly, of themselves. This article will…

From the Editor

We close this volume with some solid law, some sound advice, and some views of new frontiers in philanthropy. The solid law comes in the form of the Honourable Mention entry in last year’s Philanthropist Award competition. Paul Michell analyzes the history of the rule against political activity by charities in England and in Canada,…


The Art of the Volunteer: Volunteerism in the Professional Performing Arts in Canada L’Art du benevoles: le benevolat dans les arts professionnels du spectacle au Canada By Margaret Genovese Published by The Council for Business and the Arts in Canada, Toronto Sponsored by the Department of Communications, Government of Canada 50 pp. (English), 50 pp….

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