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Sector News Digest — March 10, 2020

This week: infectious diseases, trust, and the place of philanthropy in both. Philanthropy and the pandemic COVID-19 has spread to at least 100 countries, with more than 60 cases across Canada, according to tracking provided by the World Health Organization’s daily situation report. In the face of a pandemic threat, Inside Philanthropy recently asked its…

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Sector News Digest — February 25, 2020

Philanthropic groups weigh in on Wet’suwet’en. A new type of “green philanthropy.” And rapid pitching for charities. Charities/foundations back pipeline protests With Canada-wide protests in support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation growing, members of the philanthropic community have been adding their voices, highlighting the role such organizations can potentially play in Indigenous rights and reconciliation. LEVEL,…

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Sector News Digest — February 11, 2020

#MeToo in the philanthropic sector. Big trends for 2020. And new data on the continued decline in individual giving. Sexual harassment of fundraisers is hidden in non-profit sector The power imbalance between those who fundraise for non-profits and those who donate to them is well known and documented, but a recent survey about sexual harassment…

The Sweetness of Summer Berries: My Personal Journey to Learn About Decolonizing Philanthropy and True Reconciliation

This article is the third in a renewed collaboration between The Philanthropist and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. The goal is to highlight Indigenous philanthropy and share Indigenous perspective and wisdom on reciprocity as well as Indigenous-focused work happening in the philanthropic community.  There is no workbook on how to decolonize philanthropy. There is…

Renewed Commitment from the Philanthropic Sector – and Ottawa – is Necessary to Address the “Unfinished Business” of Reconciliation: Sector Leaders

At the beginning of a new term of Parliament and almost a dozen years after former Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a historic apology for Canada’s residential schools policy, Marie Wilson has a simple but critical question: what’s happened to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action? As one of the TRC commissioners,…

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Sector News Digest — January 28, 2020

Delays persist with Ontario non-profit reform. Revelations about the release of federal funding for social finance. And the growing importance of employee-driven philanthropy. Continued delays on Ontario non-profit reforms The Ontario Nonprofit Network reports that the provincial government has once again delayed the proclamation of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA). The reason? Technical issues….

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

“The most private public inquiry I have ever seen’’: Alberta non-profit leaders concerned about the fall-out from Jason Kenney’s “anti-Alberta” probe

When Jason Kenney strode to the podium to announce his inquiry into “anti-Alberta” activities by environmental advocates who receive foreign funding, he had the inquiry’s answer in his prepared remarks. “For over a decade, a well-funded foreign campaign has defamed Alberta’s energy industry and sought to land-lock our oil,’’ the Alberta premier said. “The reputational…

Canada’s International Development Sector Hoping for Increased Aid Spending in 2020 After Years of Declining Contributions

There are few Canadian policy areas with a wider gulf between perception and reality than foreign aid. Canadians routinely and dramatically overestimate the generosity of a government that is perceived as being deeply altruistic, when, in fact, it is increasingly miserly. A Nanos poll done for the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH)…