Letter From The Guest Editor

The theme of this and the next issue of The Philanthropist is transition in the voluntary sector. Funk & Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary (1978) defines transition as “the act or state of passing from one place, condition, or action to another; change.” Change is always with us –even during periods of relative calm, voluntary organizations…

Book Review

Five Good Ideas—Practical Strategies For Non-profit Success Edited by Alan Broadbent & Ratna Omidvar Toronto: Coach House Press; 2011 isbn: 978-1-55245-246-2 At first glance of the cover of Five Good Ideas—Practical Strategies for Non- Profit Success, readers may conclude that the focus of the book is limited to five important areas for consideration in the…

Going, Going, Gone: Dismantling The Progressive State

Now that some time has passed since the March 2012 federal bud get, it might be useful to step back and assess what it says about where the government is taking us. Reaction has been pretty muted. The “centrist punditry” generally saw this as an incremental budget, business as usual, “balanced” and “mature.” For Globe…

Book Review

The Regulation Of Organised Civil Society by Jonathan Garton Oxford: Hart Publishing; 2009 isbn: 978-1-8411-3800-8 W. Laird Hunter, q.c. Richards Hunter Toogood The dust jacket of Professor Garton’s book is graced by a reproduction of a lovely 1852 watercolour, Alms House, by Charles Hopton. It is an idyllic scene, evoking noble altruism. But it is…

You Can’t Get There From Here

Introduction Canada’s charities and voluntary organizations number an estimated 161,000 groups1 (Hall, de Wit, Lasby, McIver, Evers, Johnston, McAuley, Scott, Cucumel, Jolin, Nicol, Berdahl, Roach, Davies, Rowe, Frankel, Brock, & Murray, 2005) in 2003 and the contribution of core nonprofit institutions was valued at $35.6 billion or 2.5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2007…

Good Forms: The New Shapes Of Not-for-Profit Organizations

Have you ever wanted to change your shape? It sounds appealing in a fantastic, Harry Potteresque kind of way. How about the shape of your organization? Have you ever thought of a wholesale change—of eliminating the committees, of changing the Board? One doubts J. K. Rowling would have fared so well had she pursued this…

Pathological Narcissism And Philanthropy: An Examination Of The Foundational Assumptions Of Philanthropy

Abstract: Philanthropy is a social construct that has individual and collective meanings demonstrated through such activities as making donations to philanthropic/ charitable organizations or directly to individuals in need. Philanthropy is common ground for both the personal beliefs and behaviours of the individual and for social structures such as incorporated charities and nonprofit organizations. Philanthropy is…

How We Account: Executive Pay: Directors Need To Keep Asking (More) Questions

The Special Report: Ornge Air Ambulance and Related Services (Office of the Auditor General of Ontario, 2012) reports that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has not been obtaining the information it needs to fulfill its oversight responsibilities over Ornge’s financial undertakings and operations. Ornge, a government agency reporting to the MOHLTC, is…

Accountable Reporting For Nonprofit Organizations

Introduction One only needs to look as far as their local newspaper to observe the increasingly vocal call for the accountability of nonprofit organizations. Whether the issue at hand is administration costs or the need for transparency, stakeholders, including the general public, are taking more interest in organizations that receive “public funds” (whether they be…