150 Profiles: Susan Smitten

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: Susan Smitten Current role in the sector: Executive Director of RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs) Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector:…

150 Profiles: Camara Chambers

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: Camara Chambers Current role in the sector: Director of Community Engagement, Volunteer Toronto Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector:  Eight years…

Book Review

The Regulation Of Organised Civil Society by Jonathan Garton Oxford: Hart Publishing; 2009 isbn: 978-1-8411-3800-8 W. Laird Hunter, q.c. Richards Hunter Toogood The dust jacket of Professor Garton’s book is graced by a reproduction of a lovely 1852 watercolour, Alms House, by Charles Hopton. It is an idyllic scene, evoking noble altruism. But it is…

What The Numbers Say: Transparency Among Canadian Charities

Introduction Research commissioned by The Muttart Foundation indicates that Canadians have high expectations regarding the transparency of charities. For example, in three surveys conducted between 2004 and 2008, between 95% and 99% of Canadians said it was either very important or somewhat important for charities to provide information on their impact, programs and services, how…

Threshold Of Transformation [poem]

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? What would you do if anything you set your mind to would come true? What would you do if you never had a single doubt whatsoever regarding any endeavour, if all your beliefs and aspirations were not caught in a box locked by grief from…

Point / Counterpoint: Resolved: The Demands For Accountability By Charities Have Reached Extreme And Unrealistic Levels

Point: Bob Wyatt Just before Christmas, another self-proclaimed watchdog declared that too many charities are spending too much money on administration instead of on their missions. This led to the usual media furor and comments on media websites alleging that all charities are scams, and “I’m not going to give my money to any of them.”…

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…