Letter From The Editor

Welcome to 2010 and the first issue of The (new) Philanthropist. We hope that The Philanthropist / Le Philanthrope will contribute to the strengthening of the nonprofit sector by creating space for reflection, conversation, and debate. In this first issue we present an impressive group of contributors who explore different aspects of the challenges and opportunities…

Six Enjeux Concernant L’économie Sociale Au Québec Et Au Canada

Yves Vaillancourt Introduction À la suite d’une demande de son comité éditorial, j’ai accepté d’écrire de temps en temps des articles en français dans la revue bilingue The Philantropist / Le Philanthrope. Pour le premier article, j’ai tenu compte d’une suggestion à l’effet que je livre une vision d’ensemble des principales questions auxquelles se trouve…

Canada: Civic Society Under Neglect

Mandeep Tiwana and Clare Doube remind us in their article “Civil Society Under Attack,” featured in this issue of The Philanthropist / Le Philathrope, that civil society is openly repressed and under attack in many parts of the world, which should make us feel very fortunate as Canadians. Our governments may suddenly withdraw funding from…

First It’s About The People. All The People

We have a new name. We have been the Vancouver Volunteer Centre or Volunteer Vancouver for 66 years. Our new name is Vantage Point. You might ask, “Why the change?” The answer is: Because the world is changing. Fast. Really fast. Since the inception of our volunteer centre in 1943, Canadian society and volunteer engagement…

The End Of Endowments?

The economic swells of the last 18 months stress-tested the system of charitable endowments. Headlines announced spectacular losses to these long-term funds. My favourite was the headline to a Vanity Fair article that chronicled “Harvard’s Big, Dumb Financial Train Wreck.” The world biggest endowment lost $11 billion of its $36.9 billion.1 While it is tempting…

Civil Society Under Attack

Although politicians and powerful players pay lip service to civil society, the reality on the ground is different. Ask the human rights defender sentenced to ten years in jail in Uzbekistan or the Bosnian anti-corruption group forced to suspend its activities. It is doubtful these individuals would think their work was being properly valued or…

Emergence Of The Youth-led Sector

Introduction A number of years ago, another foundation colleague and I were discussing the emerging youth-led sector. Or, rather, I was trying to explain that there was an emerging youth-led sector and why this was exciting. The notion did not sit well with my colleague, who couldn’t get her head around who, why, and what…

Nonprofit Organizations In Tough Times: The View From Ground Level

The reality and perspective of the small and medium-sized organizations that constitute the majority of nonprofits in the country is critical to understanding the nonprofit landscape. A number of recent surveys have taken a snapshot through the lens of tough economic times, and their findings are significant. The economic downturn of the last eighteen months…

Book Reviews

Giving: Celebrated, Scrutinized, And Studied Sandy Houston Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker Bill Somerville with Fred Setterberg, Berkeley, Ca.: Heyday Books isbn 978-1-59714-084-3 Just Another Emperor? The Myths and Realities of Philanthrocapitalism Michael Edwards, New York, N.Y.: Demos: A Network for Ideas & Action and The Young Foundation (web publication: www.justanotheremperor.org) isbn 978-0-9816151-1-0 Giving,…