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Book Review: The Shifting Terrain: Nonprofit Policy Advocacy in Canada

The Shifting Terrain: Nonprofit Policy Advocacy in Canada, Nick J. Mulé and Gloria C. Desantis. eds, Montreal & Kingston, Ontario, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017, ISBN 978-0-7735-4864-0 At what point did advocacy become a dirty word? Should charities be governed in accordance with their purposes? Is the role of government one of regulator, or enabler? These…

150 Profiles: Tim Fox

As a way to mark the 150th anniversary of confederation, The Philanthropist profiled Canadians from across the non-profit sector and put a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector. As 2017 drew to a close, we published our final profile of 2017 — reaching our target of speaking with 150…

150 Profiles: Bonnie M. Patterson

As a way to mark the 150th anniversary of confederation, The Philanthropist profiled Canadians from across the non-profit sector and put a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector. As 2017 drew to a close, we published our final profile of 2017 — reaching our target of speaking with 150…

Beyond Synergy: Charities Building the Future Canadians Want

The charitable sector is an important force in meeting Canada’s social, economic, cultural, and environmental objectives. As a big part of the economy, the sector can contribute to growth, innovation, and job creation. As a social mission sector, it is expert in delivering social, economic, and environmental solutions, especially at the community level. But fundamental…

Au-delà d’une synergie : les organismes de bienfaisance édifient l’avenir que désirent les Canadiens

Le secteur caritatif joue un rôle crucial dans l’atteinte des objectifs sociaux, économiques, culturels et environnementaux du Canada. Acteur essentiel de l’économie, le secteur peut contribuer à la croissance, à l’innovation et à la création d’emplois. Secteur à vocation sociale, il excelle à fournir des solutions sociales, économiques et environnementales, particulièrement à l’échelle locale. Mais…

Canada’s Charitable Sector: What to Expect in 2018

Three years ago, an anonymous donor approached Tides Canada program lead Wendy Cooper with some money and an open-ended request: find an innovative way to use the funds to support Indigenous youth. Cooper reached out to The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (“The Circle”), and a small steering committee of youth advisors…

À la recherche d’inspiration : ce que les Canadiens peuvent apprendre du secteur philanthropique européen

Le présent article est le premier d’une série consacrée à la philanthropie en Europe. Cette série est publiée dans le cadre d’une collaboration entre The Philanthropist et la Fondation Lawson. Les fondations canadiennes sont de plus en plus habiles à apprendre des autres. L’époque est révolue où beaucoup travaillaient de façon isolée, souvent sans se…

How social service agencies can help build a collaborative and caring economy

Social service non-profit organizations are uniquely placed to leverage their community relationships and assets in ways that would make a practical and significant contribution to creating systems of economic inclusion and democratic participation. We urgently need these contributions in our current context, where traditional economic pathways to opportunity are greatly hampered. Without a strengthened foundation…