With a little help from our friends: Lessons learned in community philanthropy from continental Europe

This is the eighth article in a series about European philanthropy. The series is published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist and The Lawson Foundation. In today’s globalized world, where many of our challenges know few borders, there is a growing need for collaboration, space to learn from one another and to co-create solutions. This series has provided…

Foreign Activities by Canadian Registered Charities: Challenges and Options for Reform

The following paper is the culmination of  The Philanthropist’s series “Canadian Charities Working Internationally,” which began in March 2015.  In it, Toronto charity lawyer Andrew Valentine outlines the challenges with the current “direction and control” rules that apply to Canadian charities working abroad. He also presents proposals to reform the system, ranging from simple administrative…

Drops in the Soil, Not in the Bucket: The Case for Borderless Indigenous Philanthropy

This article is the eleventh in a series on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy, guest edited by The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. SUMMARY: This article begins with the question of how philanthropy can possibly address the magnitude of the environmental and cultural change which is occurring on a global scale. Philanthropy can…

BOOK REVIEWS: Globetrotting or Global Citizenship? and Rethinking Canadian Aid

This article is the ninth in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. Globetrotting or Global Citizenship? Perils and Potential of International Experiential Learning Edited by Rebecca Tiessen and Robert Huish University of Toronto Press ISBN: 9781442626119 Reviewed by: Bernadette Johnson A common way for Canadians to first experience countries of the global South is…

A Chilly Time for Charities: Audits, Politics and Preventing Poverty

This article is the eighth in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. SUMMARY: In this opinion piece, Philanthropist editor Gordon Floyd takes a look at the recent flurry of charity audits by CRA’s Charities Directorate and notes that many have been of charities, such as environmental groups, whose views are at odds with those…

The Fisc and the Frontier: Approaches to Cross-border Charity in Australia and the UK

This article is the seventh in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. SUMMARY: Myles McGregor-Lowndes, Director of The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, examines fiscal policies regarding cross-border philanthropy in two jurisdictions: Australia and the UK. Australia’s restrictive policy confines the benefits of its charitable tax relief largely to taxpayers who reside…

Decades of Change: A Short History of International Development Organizations in Canada

This article is the sixth in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. SUMMARY: Juniper Glass traces the history of international development organizations in Canada from the earliest religious missions to the present day. The article examines the major advancement and challenges in each decade together with insights from thought leaders in the field. RÉSUMÉ :…

Why the Absence of Global Charity Headquarters in Canada?

This article is the fifth in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. Canadians like to think of themselves as both internationally minded people and as coming from a tradition of humanitarian action. However, few stop to ask why global charities are never headquartered in Canada. There is no major international charity with affiliated entities…

Do Canada’s internationally focused charities operate in an enabling environment?

This article is the fourth in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. SUMMARY: Julia Sanchez, president and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, outlines the three basic elements of an enabling environment for international charities: dialogue to include organizations in designing and implementing development processes; funding to allow them to play diverse…