Book Review

A Year Of Living Generously—Dispatches From The Front Lines Of Philanthropy by Lawrence Scanlan. Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre; 2010. isbn: 978-1-55365-416-2 Peter Broder Although its title, A Year of Living Generously, echoes that of the popular Mel Gibson/Sigourney Weaver film from a few decades ago (The Year of Living Dangerously), that is about as close…

Viewpoint: Public Engagement With Ethnic Canadians

Today, engaging ethnic Canadians is seen as a key strategy for major corporations, learning institutions, politicians, all levels of governments, and nonprofit community organizations. With the continuous rise in the number of Chinese and South Asian immigrants to the country, it is no longer enough to engage only the traditional Canadian populace. Involving ethnic populations…

How Do You Know You Are Making A Difference? Advocates Talk About The Public Policy Process

Advocates and advocacy groups in the nonprofit sector in canada get involved in the public policy process in a number of ways. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)2 funded a four-year research project involving nine groups to address the question of outcomes under the title “How do you know you are making a…

Can Public-policy Advocacy Be Taught? Or Learned?

Background In the June edition of The Philanthropist, Elizabeth Mulholland wrote “New Ways to Keep Up Our End of the Policy Conversation” (Mulholland, 2010). Voluntary organizations are the organized expression of our civic desires and one of the main ways that Canadians communicate their values, hopes and ideas to each other and to the world. Policy…

Public Policy And The Nonprofit Sector

Jennifer leads the association of food banks in a mid-sized Canadian city. At their regular meetings, the directors report changes in the patterns of people using the food banks—more families with young children, more frequent visits, and higher levels of anxiety. A major employer has recently closed, and there are more people out of work:…

Book Reviews

The New Federal Policy Agenda And The Voluntary Sector—on The Cutting Edge Edited by Rachel Laforest. McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montréal, qc & Kingston, on isbn 978-1-55339-132-6 Elizabeth Mulholland The New Federal Policy Agenda and the Voluntary Sector—On the Cutting Edge is a collection of seven academic essays emerging from a 2006 conference organized by the…

How We Account: Developing A Culture Of Reporting Transparency And Accountability

 The Lessons Learned From The Voluntary Sector Reporting Awards For Excellence In Financial Reporting Transparency Information about the Voluntary Sector Awards Program and entry information can be found at http://business.queensu.ca/centres/CA-QCG/ voluntary_sector_reporting/ index.php . A professor at one of Canada’s leading universities wanted to use a set of financial statements from a not-for-profit organization in class as…