Government Has a Role in Strengthening Canada’s Charities and Non-Profits: Senators Mercer, Omidvar

Canada’s charitable and non-profit sector is the second largest in the world. More than 24 million Canadians — about two-thirds of the population — donated to a charity or non-profit organization in 2013. But, as generous as Canadians are, there are still underlying challenges in the charitable and non-profit sector, which is in danger of…

Le gouvernement a un rôle à jouer dans le renforcement des organismes de bienfaisance et sans but lucratif du Canada: sénateurs Mercer et Omidvar

Le secteur de la bienfaisance et sans but lucratif du Canada est le deuxième en importance dans le monde. Plus de 24 millions de Canadiens, soit environ les deux tiers de la population, ont effectué un don à un organisme de bienfaisance ou sans but lucratif en 2013. Mais, aussi généreux que soient les Canadiens, il y…

The Ties That Bind: Four Case Studies of Issue-Based Networks

This is the fourth article in our series about the role of networks in the non-profit sector. The series is published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist and the Ontario Nonprofit Network. Networks take on many forms and go by different names, such as coalitions or alliances. Canada is full of examples of groups of organizations, individuals, and communities…

Canada’s “Symbolic” Rescue of Journalism May Be Too Little, Too Late

Canadians have become accustomed – especially with President Donald Trump presiding over his country’s fall from grace on the world stage – to hearing almost embarrassingly glowing reviews of our nation as a global bastion of democracy, tolerance, and good governance. So it is somewhat sobering to read, in none other than The Washington Post,…

Beyond Synergy: Charities Building the Future Canadians Want

The charitable sector is an important force in meeting Canada’s social, economic, cultural, and environmental objectives. As a big part of the economy, the sector can contribute to growth, innovation, and job creation. As a social mission sector, it is expert in delivering social, economic, and environmental solutions, especially at the community level. But fundamental…

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…

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Book Review: Looking for Bootstraps: Economic Development in the Maritimes

Looking for Bootstraps: Economic Development in the Maritimes, by Donald J Savoie, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nimbus Publishing, 2017, ISBN 978-177108-481-9 Asked what he would do to run Canada more like a business, Pierre Trudeau famously quipped he would start by selling off the Maritimes. Trudeau was referring to the longstanding  ̶  and still continuing  ̶…