Drops in the Soil, Not in the Bucket: The Case for Borderless Indigenous Philanthropy

This article is the eleventh in a series on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy, guest edited by The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. SUMMARY: This article begins with the question of how philanthropy can possibly address the magnitude of the environmental and cultural change which is occurring on a global scale. Philanthropy can…

Social Policy and Social Rights in Canada: Historical Reflections

This article is the fourth in a series on Poverty and Human Rights in Canada. SUMMARY: This article traces Canada’s legislative progress following the federal government’s ratification of the two Covenants that codified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 40 years ago – the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant…

The Urgency to Make a Personal Commitment

This article is the tenth in a series on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy, guest edited by The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. SUMMARY: Mary Simon, OC, QC, is a former President of Canada’s national Inuit organization, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and she was an Honorary Witness at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings….

Uncomfortable Advocacy

The Philanthropist published the Moral Imperative for Policy Advocacy by Dr. Roger Gibbins of the Max Bell Foundation on February 16, 2016. This is the first of three articles on policy advocacy and it presents a cogent case on the obligation of charities to engage in political activities. The second looks at alternative strategies for…

Journey of Reciprocity: The First Eight Years of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

This article is the eighth in a series on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy. SUMMARY: The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada strives to promote dialogue amongst First Nations, Métis, Inuit communities; private, public and community foundations; corporate philanthropy programs, charitable organizations, and United Ways. This article describes the origins of The Circle and the…

Belonging, Community and Indigenous Philanthropy

This article is the ninth in a series on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy. SUMMARY: The following is an edited version, approved by the author, of a keynote address delivered at the All My Relations Gathering in Winnipeg on November 18, 2015. RÉSUMÉ: On trouvera ci-dessous une version adaptée, approuvée par l’auteur, d’une conference prononcée à Winnipeg,…

The changing landscape for nonprofit policy advocacy

SUMMARY: How should nonprofit organizations (charities or otherwise) respond to changing political environments, leverage digital tools, maximize their impact on policy change, and assert themselves as thought leaders? In her article, Joanne Cave discusses the implications of recent elections and draws a roadmap for effective advocacy during times of political stability. She offers 10 policy…

A data partner for the sector

Ottawa has become a source of optimism and opportunity for the nonprofit sector. It’s worth re-reading that sentence and thinking about how different the situation was a few months ago. In the wake of controversial charity audits and questionable funding announcements, the relationship between the sector and the federal government was tense and lacking in…