Rethinking Volunteerism—should It be a priority?

Peter O’Donnell, president of Healthy Futures Group, recently asked, “Do today’s nonprofits really want volunteers/an engaged community?” (O’Donnell, 2011, para. 1). For a number of years, I have been asking the same question, but not so succinctly or so directly. Like O’Donnell, I believe it to be a truly important question. He goes on to…

Letter From The Guest Editor

Imagine Canada, which was founded in 2005, is a national bilingual charitable organization that supports and strengthens charities and nonprofits so they can, in turn, support the Canadians and communities they serve. Over the last two years, as part of an initiative entitled “A National Engagement Strategy,” we have had the privilege of facilitating a…

How To Communicate Our Value To Our Communities

Time and time again we hear the claim: “ The nonprofit, charitable, community sector helps to build resilient, healthy communities—in fact, we are leaders in doing so!” As a practitioner in the sector for many years, I myself have made this claim. There is truth to it. Indeed, it is a firm belief in this…

What The Numbers Say: What T3010 Data Tell Us About Charity Financing

Introduction From 2005 to 2009, Canada’s roughly 85,000 charities reported that their collective revenues increased by roughly one quarter, equivalent to an annual growth rate of over 4%. Given this high rate of growth and the economic turbulence of the last few years, it is timely to look more closely at how charities are financed….

Social Economy: Two Perspectives (Review Essay)

Understanding The Social Economy: A Canadian Perspective by Jack Quarter, Laurie Mook, & Ann Armstrong, Toronto: University of Toronto Press; 2009. isbn: 978-0-80209-645-6 CIRIEC: The Worth of the Social Economy. An International Perspective edited by Marie J. Bouchard, New York: Peter Lang Pub. Inc.; 2009. isbn: 978-9-05201-580-4 These two books represent milestones in defining, explaining, and describing…

In Memoriam: John Hodgson

It was with sadness that John’s colleagues and friends learned of his passing on Monday, January 24, 2011. John and I were fellow members of the Ontario bar, and I thought it would be fitting to say a few words about John’s contribution to our profession. John practised law for nearly 65 years as a…

Book Review

Spirited Commitment: The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation by Roderick MacLeod and Eric John Abrahamson Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press; 2010. isbn: 978-0-7735-3710-1 Yves Savoie An acorn illustrates the jacket cover of Spirited Commitment: The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation recalling the phrase from a poem by David Everett “Large streams from…

Funding Terrorism And Charities

Summary:  The previous two issues of The Philanthropist, 23 (4) and 24 (1), featured an article 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. The following is the final installment: the text of…

Funding Terrorism And Charities (part 4)

Summary The following is the conclusion of an article 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. The first three parts of this article were published in the last issue of…