Focusing on rights can help us eliminate poverty

Maytree and The Philanthropist started our series on Poverty and Human Rights in Canada a little more than a year ago. For us, it was an opportunity to explore ideas about solving poverty using a human rights approach, and to share them with other organizations working in this field. Human rights include civil, political, economic,…

150 Profiles: Allan Northcott

As we mark the 150th anniversary of confederation, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the non-profit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector. Name: Allan Northcott Current role in the sector: President, Max Bell Foundation; Board Member, Imagine Canada; Board Member, Philanthropic Foundations Canada Years working and/or…

150 Profiles: Patrick Johnston

As we mark the 150th anniversary of confederation, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the non-profit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector.   Name: Patrick Johnston Profession (current role in the sector): Philanthropic consultant and volunteer board director  Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit…

Uncomfortable Advocacy

The Philanthropist published the Moral Imperative for Policy Advocacy by Dr. Roger Gibbins of the Max Bell Foundation on February 16, 2016. This is the first of three articles on policy advocacy and it presents a cogent case on the obligation of charities to engage in political activities. The second looks at alternative strategies for…

Public Policy Advocacy—a Teachable Art?

Challenge and opportunity for nonprofits doing public policy advocacy It is a treat that this edition of The Philanthropist is dedicated to public policy. The creation, evolution, and adoption of public policy affect every person in this country in ways large and small. Whether we are driving our cars, choosing how to heat our homes,…

What’s The Law: Charities And Politics

Charities are subject to real limits on political activity. However, these limits do not prevent thoughtful and careful policy advocacy related to charitable purposes. Notwithstanding current political pressure on environmental charities, the CRA policy on advocacy by charities is actually quite broad.1 The Income Tax Act distinguishes between charitable purposes and charitable activities. What qualifies…