150 Profiles: Kirsti Battista

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: Kirsti Battista Current role in the sector: Manager, Vibrant Communities Canada at Tamarack Institute Years working and/or volunteering in the nonprofit sector: 5…

150 Profiles: Marilyn Struthers

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: Marilyn Struthers Current role in the sector: Coach, writer, organizational consultant in my freelance company M. Struthers & Co. Years working and/or volunteering…

Advancing Health Equity through Benefits Screening

This article is the sixth in a series on Poverty and Human Rights in Canada. SUMMARY: This article explores benefits screening, a system of auditing patients to identify those living in poverty and the benefits they may be eligible for, as an innovative step towards realizing the right to health in Canada by advancing health equity.[1]…

How We Account: Governance Legislation In The Nonprofit Sector: What Canadians Can Learn From California’s Nonprofit Integrity Act

Governance is a hot topic in the nonprofit sector, with largely volunteer-based boards of directors struggling to fulfil their governance responsibilities, as well as serve as major fundraising resources. Indeed, board members are often recruited for their fundraising prowess, with little expectation that they will actively monitor the nonprofit organization. The fact that nonprofit organizations…

How To Communicate Our Value To Our Communities

Time and time again we hear the claim: “ The nonprofit, charitable, community sector helps to build resilient, healthy communities—in fact, we are leaders in doing so!” As a practitioner in the sector for many years, I myself have made this claim. There is truth to it. Indeed, it is a firm belief in this…

Social Media: Facebook for Nonprofits

Our plan was to begin a series of columns on the use of technology by civil society organizations with a glossary of terms and tools with a balanced consideration of the benefits and challenges inherent in each. Like many plans, ours has been overtaken by events. Pundits, journalists, bloggers, and even politicians had become aware…

The Moral High Ground: Perceptions of Wage Differentials Among Executive Directors of Canadian Nonprofits

Introduction There is a considerable, albeit inconclusive, literature on whether workers in the nonprofit sector are paid less than their counterparts in the private and public sectors. For example, a large national study in the U.S. showed positive and negative differentials for some occupations and industries, but no systematic differences that are sector wide (Leete,…

Comments on Certain Proposed Tax Rules Applicable to Charities: Gifts to Foreign Entities, Large Gifts and “Split Receipts”

Introduction On December 20, 2002, the Department of Finance made its annual Christmas gift to tax practitioners by transferring, without consideration, a 560-page tome containing detailed amendments to the Income Tax Act1 together with so-called “explanatory notes.”2 The December 20 Draft Legislation proposed to amend three subjects relevant to charities: it added an explicit prohibition…