Reconcilable Differences?: Philanthropy, Decolonization, and Existing While Indigenous

This article is the first in a renewed collaboration between The Philanthropist and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. The goal is to highlight Indigenous philanthropy and share Indigenous perspective and wisdom on reciprocity as well as Indigenous-focused work happening in the philanthropic community.    As a Métis person who grew up on my…

Unlocking demand for social innovation: the case of Telefónica Foundation in promoting STEM vocations in Spain

This is the seventh article in a series about European philanthropy. The series is published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist and The Lawson Foundation. To bring about change and entrench it in our societies, there is a need for more social innovation at scale. It is possible: history is rich in examples of social innovations that have…

Canada’s Charitable Sector: What to Expect in 2018

Three years ago, an anonymous donor approached Tides Canada program lead Wendy Cooper with some money and an open-ended request: find an innovative way to use the funds to support Indigenous youth. Cooper reached out to The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (“The Circle”), and a small steering committee of youth advisors…

Social Impact Bonds: Reflecting on Emerging Global Practice

A UK-based non-profit pioneered the social impact bond (SIB), a tool used by some governments to fund preventive social programs, in 2010. Like other forms of social finance, SIBs have proliferated rapidly in recent years, reflecting significant enthusiasm amongst governments and the voluntary sector. While many introduced SIBs with fanfare, they have also drawn intense…

What are we talking about when we talk about social innovation?

This article is the first in a series on social innovation. In British Columbia, dozens of Lower Mainland fishers operating family-owned boats no longer have the size to sell to wholesalers. Instead, they band together to create a membership-driven club; subscribers can purchase fresh catch right off the dock. The result: sustainable food production, improved…

The funder’s view: Three Suncor employees share their stories

This article is the fourth in a five-part series on Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo. SUMMARY: Cathy Glover, with Suncor Energy Foundation, explains how a confluence of forces, including the desire to make an impact with a signature cause, began the then-10-year-old foundation’s journey to Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo. Kim Nordbye and Bryan Jackson, two Suncor Energy Inc….

How Social Prosperity Came to Wood Buffalo, Alberta

This article is the first in a series on Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo. SUMMARY: With this article, The Philanthropist begins a five-part series on Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo, an innovative partnership involving business, the charitable sector, and an entire community in Alberta. In this article, Diane Shannon, executive director of United Way of Fort McMurray, sets…