With a little help from our friends: Lessons learned in community philanthropy from continental Europe

This is the eighth article in a series about European philanthropy. The series is published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist and The Lawson Foundation. In today’s globalized world, where many of our challenges know few borders, there is a growing need for collaboration, space to learn from one another and to co-create solutions. This series has provided…

The tipping point for impact investing

This article coincides with the release of a new impact investing guidebook designed to help Canadian foundations begin investing their capital for greater impact. We are at a tipping point for impact investing by foundations in Canada. A growing number are using this approach to support organizations and projects that share their mission. They are…

150 Profiles: Marsha Brown

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: Marsha Brown Current role in the sector: Community engagement liaison and philanthropist. Years working and/or volunteering in the nonprofit sector: 25+ years. What was…

Point/Counterpoint: Limited life foundations ensure greater social impact

Resolved: Founders and directors will help their foundations have greater impact if they commit their entire endowments during a limited period of time, spending down their resources rather than managing them in perpetuity. Point: Lars Boggild Canadian philanthropic foundations regularly look for ways to be more impactful on the issues they care about. Approaches ranging from…