Turning Shame Into Pride: Reshaping Stigma By Raising Voices

Introduction This article discusses the stigma faced by young people growing up in state care. It presents an exploration of the concept of stigma and considers the potential economic, social, and political consequences of growing up with a public stigma. It then describes techniques that support the engagement of young care-leavers by providing a platform…

Social Networking And Other Technologies: Capturing The Attention And Maintaining The Social Significance Of An Issue For Young People

Introduction This article is about ways in which digital natives converse day-to-day and explains the value in knowing how they converse. “Digital native” is a term that is used to describe young people in First World countries who were born into an era during which the Internet truly became popular: the digital era. The focus…

Innovation: Austerity’s Grandchild

Tim Draimin is fond of saying that while necessity is the mother of innovation, austerity is the mother of necessity. So how is the grandchild, innovation, faring? Two years ago the Philanthropist published an article entitled On Not Letting a Crisis Go To Waste: An Innovation Agenda for Canada’s Community Sector (Brodhead, 2010). Its central…

Voluntary Social Service Organizations Working On The Determinants Of Health: Cause For Concern?

Introduction Most of what influences our health comes from outside the formal health care treatment system (Raphael, 2009; Wilkinson & Marmot, 2003). There is also general recognition that the well-being of communities depends on numerous actors– especially nonprofit organizations—operating in many environments (Health Council of Canada, 2010). Unfortunately, there are significant health inequities that persist…

The NPO Dilemma: HR And Organizational Challenges In Nonprofit Organizations

Running a nonprofit organization (NPO) is challenging. As an executive, your responsibilities include strategy, program delivery, fundraising, and day-to-day operations. Not to mention board relationships, managing your numbers, keeping the lights on, and the “care and feeding” of the folks who arrive at work every day. NPOs require skilled staff in order to address strategic…

Changes In Motivations And Barriers Around Giving: The Increasing Importance Of Concerns About Charity Efficiency

Introduction Identifying changes in donor motivations and barriers is important for many reasons, including helping fundraisers adapt requests for support to changing circumstances and providing charity leaders and other stakeholders with insight into emerging sector issues. In this column, I draw on data from the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering, and Participating (CSGVP) to give…