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Sector News Digest – October 20, 2020

This week: Bolstering recovery by learning from COVID-19; MakeWay says no way to Alberta’s public inquiry; many fear that rent and mortgage relief may come too late for small businesses, non-profits, and charities. 211 goes national All Canadians will soon have access to 211, thanks to a federal grant to United Way Centraide Canada. The…

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Book Review: Philanthropic Foundations in Canada: Landscapes, Indigenous Perspectives and Pathways to Change

Philanthropic Foundations in Canada Landscapes, Indigenous Perspectives and Pathways to Change, ed. Peter R. Elson, Sylvain A. Lefevre and Jean-Marc Fontan, PhiLab, Canada, 2020, 323 pp.   “A gift that does nothing to enhance solidarity is a contradiction.” Mary Douglas in her forward to The Gift, Marcel Mauss[1]   Philanthropic Foundations in Canada: Landscapes, Indigenous…

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Sector News Digest – October 6, 2020

In this week’s News Digest: Ontario non-profit reforms still alive, rural Canada’s moment, and calls for better ESG reporting. Reforming Ontario’s non-profit laws Ontario MPPs have voted to save the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) from an automatic repeal, with a new expiry date of December 2021. In the session’s transcript, Lisa Thompson, Minister of…

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Book Review: The Corporate Social Mind: How Companies Lead Social Change from the Inside Out

The Corporate Social Mind: How Companies Lead Social Change from the Inside Out, by Derrick Feldmann and Michael Alberg-Seberich, Fast Company Press, Austin, Texas, 2020; 232 pp: ISBN: 978-1734324808 Are the most successful corporations those that focus primarily on the financial value they create for shareholders? Or can they be even more successful if they…

Throne Speech a mixed bag for the charitable sector

The federal Liberals have pledged to create one million jobs through “direct investments in the social sector and infrastructure,” including affordable housing, and also promised to launch an action plan for women in the economy that includes a national childcare system. The plan, delivered yesterday by Governor-General Julie Payette in a speech from the throne,…

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Sector News Digest – September 22, 2020

This week: WE fallout, charities and trust issues, new or increased funding from CanadaHelps and Chagnon, and a big win against SLAPP suits. WE fallout On September 9, founders Craig and Marc Kielburger announced that WE Charity would cease operations in Canada and that they would step down from the global organization they started in 1995….

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Helping Others or Helping Yourself? The COVID-19 Pandemic and WE Charity Scandal Have Forced a Long Overdue Discussion About Volunteering in Canada

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged in March, Bayan Khatib knew she had to act quickly. The executive director of the Syrian Canadian Foundation was in charge of a program that taught English to newcomers to set them on the path to integration, and another that funded and mentored refugee women who want to become entrepreneurs….