Innovation on the Rise: Achieving Systemic Change

This article is the fourth in a series on social innovation. The challenge with understanding systemic change is that it is like describing a lake in which you are currently swimming. In Part I of this reflection on Robert Couchman’s 1992 article in The Philanthropist, titled The Politics of Resistance to Change in Innovative Programming, we…

Review Essay

How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change,  By Joe Clark, Toronto, ON: Random House Canada, 2013 ISBN 9780307359070 Gambatte: Generations of Perseverance and Politics, A Memoir, By David Tsubouchi, Toronto, ON: ECW Press, 2013 ISBN 101770411313 Given the ongoing debates over the appropriateness of charities engaging in political activities, two recent books shed light on the…

Pathological Narcissism And Philanthropy: An Examination Of The Foundational Assumptions Of Philanthropy

Abstract: Philanthropy is a social construct that has individual and collective meanings demonstrated through such activities as making donations to philanthropic/ charitable organizations or directly to individuals in need. Philanthropy is common ground for both the personal beliefs and behaviours of the individual and for social structures such as incorporated charities and nonprofit organizations. Philanthropy is…

Book Review

High Ideals And Noble Intentions –voluntary Sector-government Relations In Canada by Peter R. Elson Toronto: University of Toronto Press; 2011 isbn: 978-1-4426-1098-9 Don McRae The major question raised by Peter Elson’s book is why the relationship between the voluntary sector and the federal government has taken the shape that it has. This is an important…

Book Review

Spirited Commitment: The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation by Roderick MacLeod and Eric John Abrahamson Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press; 2010. isbn: 978-0-7735-3710-1 Yves Savoie An acorn illustrates the jacket cover of Spirited Commitment: The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation recalling the phrase from a poem by David Everett “Large streams from…

Bookshelf

The Law of Charitable and Not-for-Profit Organizations, 3rd ed. By Donald J. Bourgeois Published by Butterworths, 2002, 595 pp. $139. REVIEWED BY JOHN D. GREGORY of the Ontario Bar and Editor emeritus of The Philanthropist Human beings are social creatures. Some of our earliest collective action was devoted to survival, to making a way in…