StatsCan Releases Survey to Assess Diversity on Non-Profit Boards

Statistics Canada is launching its first, targeted attempt to measure diversity on governing boards in the charitable and non-profit sector.  It will release the voluntary, crowdsourced survey – designed collaboratively with sector representatives, academics, and StatsCan staff – on December 4. The survey will be available online until the end of the month. It asks…

StatCan lance une enquête pour évaluer la diversité des conseils d’administration des OBNL

Statistique Canada fait une première tentative ciblée pour mesurer la diversité des conseils d’administration du secteur sans but lucratif et de bienfaisance. Le 4 décembre, cet organisme lancera une enquête participative, sur une base volontaire (une enquête conçue en collaboration avec des représentants du secteur, des universitaires et le personnel de StatCan). L’enquête sera menée en…

Des leaders du secteur scrutent les structures de gouvernance « archaïques », en cette année marquée par la crise et par des appels à une plus grande inclusion

L’an dernier, Beisan Zubi a reçu au moins dix invitations à siéger au CA d’organismes à but non lucratif (OBNL). Elle les a toutes déclinées. Cette entrepreneure de Waterloo est déjà membre de trois CA, et elle craignait d’être invitée parce qu’elle est une femme de couleur, pas nécessairement à cause de sa qualification. « Je…

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

Unpacking the Sector’s Pandemic-Induced HR Crisis

The charitable sector is responding rapidly to the expanding impact of the pandemic, in terms of outreach, operations, and advocacy. In the coming weeks, The Philanthropist will provide up-to-date coverage, as well as our usual reporting and commentary on other news of relevance to foundations, charities, and non-profits. Read more of our COVID-19 coverage.  For charities and non-profits contending…

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…

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…

What’s The Law: Avoiding Mission Drift: A Due Diligence Approach

A charity is a very organic entity. After a charity has been established, it is not uncommon to find that its focus, mission, objectives, and programs have gradually evolved. “Mission drift” often refers to the gradual diversion of a charity’s activities from its stated purposes. It does not refer to a deliberate and strategic change…