Overview From Canada: Modernising Charity Law

Abstract: This article examines changes in Canada’s charity law between 2001 and 2009, the dates of two conferences on Commonwealth charity law held by the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies in Brisbane, Australia. It suggests that attempts to change charity law in Canada have constituted tinkering, rather than involve any substantive change. It…

Learning, Development, And Money: Lessons From Bangladesh

Abstract: The Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) has, in its 37 year history, become one of the largest, most diverse and most effective NGOs in the world. Its micro-lending in Bangladesh topped a billion dollars last year, but that is only a small part of a story that includes 36,000 primary schools, nation-wide health programs,…

The Philanthropist In Review

In the fall of 2008, The Philanthropist was on the verge of moving online and wanted to mark this achievement by taking stock of its contribution to the practice of philanthropy over the years, while setting a course that looks forward to the future of this field. It was around this time that a box full…

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…

“Oil And Water Or The Perfect Margarita?” Where Is The “social” In “the Social Economy?”

Abstract: “Philanthrocapitalism”—the belief that business thinking can strengthen philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector—is the latest buzzword among donors, journalists and politicians, but has its impact been overrated? Does mixing for-profit with not-for-profit values and approaches produce the “perfect margarita” of “creative capitalism” or pour “oil on water” in ways that pollute civil society and reduce…

Book Review

Forces For Good: The Six Practices Of High-impact Nonprofits By Leslie R. Crutchfield & Heather McLeod Grant. Toronto, on: Jossey-Bass, 2008. isbn: 978-0787986124 Reviewed by Alex Megelas Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant have high aspirations. On the opening page of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High Impact Nonprofits the authors write: “We…

Editorial

Welcome to the second issue of The Philanthropist online. The first, in May 2009, has been well received, with good suggestions for further improvements. The Philanthropist is intended to serve the voluntary/nonpro)t/charitable sector in Canada; to do so, we need to hear from you. The editorial in the May issue highlighted changes for The Philanthropist–…

A Crisis Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

ABSTRACT: Whether 2010 is a real crisis or merely another difficult year, we have an unprecedented opportunity in the non-profit sector to begin doing things differently. Collaborations and perhaps even restructuring will see us through these challenging times, ensuring that our missions survive. To maximize the benefit to our communities, we need to begin talking…

Mergers And Amalgamations In The Canadian Nonprofit And Charitable Sector

Abstract: Difficult times and an increasingly competitive charitable sector are forcing some nonprofits and charities to consider organizational changes and collaborations. For some, a merger, the most integrated form of cooperation, is the most appropriate option. Unfortunately, many nonprofit mergers are handled poorly and the costs of the merger are far greater than expected; the…