Introduction to Volume 26, Issue 2

By learning and sharing knowledge, we collectively strengthen our communities, our societies and the world. A commitment to learning is fundamental to Canadian innovation. At its core, innovation is about crafting new ideas to improve our lives. – His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada The National Alliance for Children and…

An Action Framework For Children And Youth In Canada

The National Alliance for Children and Youth (NACY) brings together diverse nonprofit organizations in a collaborative network dedicated to enhancing the well-being of children and youth in Canada by providing national leadership and knowledge, mobilizing, and linking practice and research to policy development. Summary The National Alliance for Children and Youth (NACY), in conjunction with its…

Taking Stock: How Canadian Child and Youth Agencies are Responding to Economic Challenges

Introduction Canada was one of the last countries to experience the world economic crisis of 2008-2009 and one of the most stable economies emerging from it. However, the nonprofit sector, like the private and public sectors, was not immune to the rapid impact of the economic downturn. Traditional sources of stable funding for the sector…

Moving Forward: Challenges Faced By Child- and Youth-Serving Agencies in Canada

Twenty-two key informant interviews1 were conducted during the “Taking Stock” project, with a view to gaining a wide and diverse perspective about what was happening in the child- and youth-serving sector in Canada. As with the survey, this phase of the project did not attempt to gather a random or statistically representative sample of the sector,…

Review Essay

How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change,  By Joe Clark, Toronto, ON: Random House Canada, 2013 ISBN 9780307359070 Gambatte: Generations of Perseverance and Politics, A Memoir, By David Tsubouchi, Toronto, ON: ECW Press, 2013 ISBN 101770411313 Given the ongoing debates over the appropriateness of charities engaging in political activities, two recent books shed light on the…

Learning To Tango On A Tightrope: Implementing A Collective Impact Approach

Cynthia Gates, Translator Summary:  For the past 20 years, Lyse Brunet has been at the heart of collaborative community development in the province of Québec through her work at Centraide of Greater Montréal and as the first Executive Director of Avenir d’enfants, a $400-million philanthropic partnership between the Québec government and the Lucie and André…

Point / Counterpoint: Collective Impact

Resolved: That Collective Impact is simply a re-branded and codified model of longstanding collaborative approaches that is too rigid to encourage genuine innovation and social change. Summary: Paul Born, President of Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement, and Don Bourgeois, Barrister & Solicitor and former editor of The Philanthropist, face off on the question of whether…

Collective Impact: Venturing On An Unfamiliar Road

Summary: In 2010 Hilary Pearson wrote in The Philanthropist about the emerging trend of creating Funder Collaboratives to address the challenges of the 2008/2009 economic downturn. In this update, Pearson looks at the emergence of Collective Impact from a funder’s perspective, exploring whether this new approach can help address perennial questions of effectiveness and impact and…

The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement: Unlikely Allies Pursuing Conservation And Sustainable Development In Canada’s Boreal Regions

Summary: Canada’s boreal forest is one of the largest and most ecologically significant ecosystems on the planet and the source of supply for one of Canada’s most significant natural resource sectors. Recognizing this, forest companies and environmental organizations in Canada came together to create the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) in 2010, creating a unique and…

The Promise And Peril Of Collective Impact

Summary: On the one hand, Collective Impact is deceptively simple: a clearly defined framework with three pre-conditions and five conditions and a growing body of experience about how such an approach can effectively address complex social issues. But as is often the case, the devil is in the details, and Liz Weaver provides a detailed analysis…