Bridging the divide: The importance of digital infrastructure to Canada’s short- and long-term future

This is the second in a series of articles published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist and Century Initiative. *** Willa Black is vice-president of corporate affairs and corporate social responsibility at the Canadian arm of IT and networking company Cisco. She has held executive marketing and CSR roles at Cisco Canada since 1999, leading strategies to…

News Digest

Sector News Digest – March 9, 2021

This week: IWD in the time of COVID, the WE controversy resurfaces, a more equitable approach to the vaccine rollout, and the sector’s asks in the federal budget. “Choose to challenge” on IWD Last International Women’s Day, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) tweeted that the world had reached a milestone of 100,000…

Photo of Danny Glenwright in Action Against Hunger vest.

The Philanthropist interview: Danny Glenwright

Last month, Save the Children Canada announced that Danny Glenwright would join the organization as president and CEO on March 1, after six years as the executive director of Action Against Hunger Canada. Glenwright has more than 16 years of experience in the non-profit and media sectors and has travelled to more than 60 countries…

The Common Good: A new retirement plan allows sector workers to build financial security

Nearly one million workers in Canada’s not-for-profit sector lack a workplace retirement plan. High-quality retirement plans with matching contributions are an effective way to build long-term employee financial health, and evidence shows that employees without a plan are unlikely to save enough for their retirement. To point, the median savings of households aged 55 to…

StatsCan board diversity survey results

A new national study, which found that the governing bodies of Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector remain overwhelmingly white, is sparking calls for a renewed effort to make the sector look more like the people it serves. In the first study of its kind, Statistics Canada surveyed 8,835 individuals, 6,170 of whom were board members. The crowdsourced survey, announced…

Reforming Income Tax Act’s “direction and control”

Senator Ratna Omidvar earlier this month introduced legislation in the Senate that proposes amendments to the Income Tax Act to allow charities to partner with non-charities and give Indigenous and racialized organizations greater freedom and power to operate. Omidvar’s Bill S-222, the Effective and Accountable Charities Act, would end the “direction and control” provision in…

Northern light: The Arctic Inspiration Prize invites southerners to shift their gaze northward – with a few conditions

A polar vortex settles over the Northwest Territories (NWT), and by one o’clock in the afternoon, the mercury dips to minus 50 degrees Celsius. Glen Abernethy, former MLA for the Great Slave riding and current NWT region manager for the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP), worries about his connection. “I’m at a cabin 35 kilometres outside…