What The Numbers Say: Public Awareness And Policy Activity Of Charities

Introduction The third and most recent edition of Imagine Canada’s Sector Monitor (www.imaginecanada.ca/sector_monitor) was conducted between October 28 and November 24, 2010.1 A major focus of this survey was exploring the public awareness and policy activities of Canadian charities. Because this topic can be somewhat sensitive among charities, the survey instrument used a framework that…

Advocacy And Lobbying For Policy Change In Zimbabwe: Women’s Lobbying For A Gender-sensitive Constitution

Summary this article describes a lobbying campaign by women in zimbabwe to ensure gender sensitivity in a new constitution—a campaign being conducted in very difficult circumstances. The description of this campaign is a further illustration of how rights set out in international agreements can be applied in domestic public policy processes. While the ultimate goal…

What’s The Law: The Evolution Of Advocacy And Political Activities By Charities In Canada: An Overview

Introduction Advocacy has been defined as the act of speaking or of disseminating information intended to influence individual behaviour or opinion, corporate conduct, or public policy and law.2 Many people believe that the act of advocacy as a form of free speech is an essential part of democracy.3 While many registered charities in Canada believe…

Method Matters: How To Avoid Common Policy Traps

Good policy development lies as much in the “how” as in the “what.” This is because the process used to develop policy positions can either lead one headlong into common policy development traps or help one to sidestep these and continue safely to one’s goal—producing good policy. This article looks at what we mean by…

Funding Terrorism And Charities (parts 1, 2, And 3)

Summary The following article was prepared by Blake Bromley for the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182 in support of his personal testimony in Ottawa on October 26, 2007. This article will be published in 3 consecutive issues of The Philanthropist: the first installment will be the…

Letter From The Editor

Welcome to the fourth 2010 issue of The Philanthropist. This issue discusses public policy and how various parts of the charitable and not-for-profit sector participate in public policy making—and how it should be done. It is an area in which the sector has generally failed to have substantial and sustained influence. Before I focus on…

What’s The Law: Registration Of Ethnocultural Charities

Organizations that provide settlement services for immigrants and ongoing support for immigrant communities play a vital role in Canadian society. These organizations provide benefits—including assistance with housing, language training, employment preparation, and social services for new immigrants, as well as ongoing programs designed to support disadvantaged communities and eliminate discrimination—that are now recognized as accruing…

Reflections On Social Innovation

Introduction Recently, over dinner, a friend asked what i had been working on lately. In reply, I mentioned that I had collaborated with others at Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN)—sadly, now defunct—on a paper about trends and developments in social innovation in Canada and internationally (Goldenberg, Kamoji, Orton, & Williamson, 2009). This was an update,…

How Funders Are Supporting Social Innovation: Three Examples From The Youth Sector

Practices of innovation are not uncommon in communities, particularly in the social sector where there is a need to innovate to provide new solutions to address pressing local problems. Microfinance, the use of alternate governance models, and the development of social enterprises are some examples of social innovation. According to the Kellogg Foundation, such innovation…