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The Philanthropist interview: Dahabo Ahmed Omer

Dahabo Ahmed Omer became the inaugural executive director of the BlackNorth Initiative last fall. Founded by the Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism, BlackNorth challenges senior Canadian business leaders to commit their companies to specific actions and targets designed to end anti-Black systemic racism and create opportunities for members of the BIPOC…

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Sector News Digest – January 26, 2021

This week: record-breaking online giving; the pandemic and economic racism; vaccination for Indigenous communities; and the sector’s kudos for the new U.S. president. Giving it up for 2020 Despite a grim economy and much hardship for many non-profits, online giving turned out to be a bright spot in a tough year. CanadaHelps reports that Canadians…

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Book Review: Debates in Charity Law

Debates in Charity Law, ed. John Picton and Jennifer Sigafoos. Hart Publishing, Oxford, England, 2020, pp 288. ISBN 978-1-50992-683-1   Over the summer of 2020, concerns surfaced in the media and in public debate about the relationship between the WE Charity and the federal government. These concerns refuelled ongoing discussion about the value of charities…

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Sector News Digest – January 12, 2021

This week: pandemic pressure on women’s shelters; Nova Scotia non-profits facing rising demand; new forecasting tools for fundraisers, and an announcement about The Philanthropist’s masthead. Some of our own news to share Danny Glenwright, our managing editor since August 2016, as well as executive director of Action Against Hunger Canada, is taking on the role…

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The DAF Dilemma: Will the Pressures Created by COVID-19 Force the Federal Government to Revisit the Rules for Controversial Donor-Advised Funds?

When Annabelle White received a large inheritance 12 years ago, she knew she wanted to give money to environmental causes. Having previously sat on the board of her grandmother’s foundation, she was wary of the complexity and attention that running her own foundation would involve. “When you start a foundation, you get pitched a lot,…

Le dilemme des FOD : Les pressions créées par la COVID-19 forceront-elles le gouvernement fédéral à revoir les règles des controversés fonds orientés par les donateurs?

Il y a 12 ans, quand Annabelle White a reçu un important héritage, elle voulait donner cet argent à des causes environnementales. Ayant déjà siégé au CA de la fondation de sa grand-mère, elle craignait la complexité et l’attention qui seraient associées à la direction de sa propre fondation. « Lorsqu’on crée une fondation, dit-elle, on reçoit…

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News Digest — December 15, 2020

This week: Statistics Canada attempts to measure diversity in the sector, Black Canadians don’t receive enough funding, FAFIA and YWCA Canada celebrate International Human Rights Day, and GivingTuesday donations rise. Measuring diversity Statistics Canada launched a survey attempting to measure diversity on governing boards in the charitable and non-profit sector on December 4. The voluntary,…

StatsCan Releases Survey to Assess Diversity on Non-Profit Boards

Statistics Canada is launching its first, targeted attempt to measure diversity on governing boards in the charitable and non-profit sector.  It will release the voluntary, crowdsourced survey – designed collaboratively with sector representatives, academics, and StatsCan staff – on December 4. The survey will be available online until the end of the month. It asks…