From the Editor

This volume closes with our usual mix oflaw, policy and management analysis. Professor Phillips investigates further the rule for political activity by charities in his comment on the Human Life International case. While he thinks the case was rightly decided, he also notes disturbing elements for future consideration. Blake Bromley advocates leaving the courts a…

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Reinventing Your Board By John Carver and Miriam Mayhew Carver Published by Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1997, 232 pp., $40.95 REVIEWED BY VICTOR MURRAY Faculty of Administrative Studies, University of Victoria The phenomenon know as John Carver’s “Policy Governance Model” for the management of nonprofit boards seems to be continuing unabated. By November 1998, the…

Viewpoint: “Commitment” In the Age of Free Agency

“Viewpoint” and “Counterpoint” provide forums for informed discussion of issues of wide interest to the voluntary sector. The opinions expressed are those of the authors. (The following article is based on a letter to a friend and fellow volunteer for the Schulich’s Management Advisory Service (MAS), an organization which offers the services of skilled management…

Strategies for a Caring Society

This article was developed from a paper presented at “Investigating in the Whole Community: Strategies for a Caring Society”, a conference organized by The Trillium Foundation of Ontario, which took place October 15-16, 1998 in Toronto. Introduction Building community capacity is about far more than addressing social problems. It is about both social intervention and…

Viewpoint: A Response to “Helping Canadians Help Canadians: Improving Governance in the Voluntary Sector”

Viewpoint and Counterpoint provide a forum for informed debate of issues of wide interest in the philanthropic sector. The opinions expressed are those of the authors.  [This Discussion Paper resulted from a study of accountability by an independent panel commissioned by the Voluntary Sector Roundtable. It was released for consultation at the annual symposium of…

From the Editor

This issue offers broad coverage of the issues confronting philanthropy today, from the specific to the general and from the immediate to the speculative. Our legal analysis focuses on tax law, to help those who engage in gift planning to evaluate some of the material they may see from the United States and put it…

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A is for Ask: A Fundraising Guide Published by Canadian School Boards Association/L’Association canadienne des commissionslconseils scolaires, Ottawa, pp. 135, $25 REVIEWED BY JOYCE FORSTER Associate Editor, The Philanthropist Deep in the heart of every volunteer who has ever tried to raise money for a good cause lies the conviction that professional fundraisers know secret…

Reconnecting Communities: Two Scenarios for the 21st Century*

This article was developed from a presentation to the National Conference for the Community Foundations of Canada, May 24, 1996. Two Scenarios for the 21st Century 1. A Polarized Society Marginalization of citizens-youth, minorities, low-skilled workers. Less social spending, but more spending on public security. Professional and technical workers with high skill are well compensated and…