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150 Profiles: Dr. Roberta Bondar

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: Dr. Roberta Bondar Current role in the sector: President (volunteer), The Roberta Bondar Foundation Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector: Before anything…

150 Profiles: Andrea Clarke

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: Andrea Clarke Current role in the sector: Director at À deux mains/Head & Hands, an organization providing medical, social and legal services and recreational activities…

150 Profiles: Jeff Dyer

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: Jeff Dyer Current role in the sector: CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary What was your first job in the sector or a…

150 Profiles: Marla MacLeod

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: Marla MacLeod Current role in the sector: Managing Director, Ecology Action Centre Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector: Twenty years. What was your…

150 Profiles: Sahar Vermezyari

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: Sahar Vermezyari Current role in the sector: Program Manager of Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy (AFP Foundation for Philanthropy–Canada) Years working and/or…

Method Matters: How To Avoid Common Policy Traps

Good policy development lies as much in the “how” as in the “what.” This is because the process used to develop policy positions can either lead one headlong into common policy development traps or help one to sidestep these and continue safely to one’s goal—producing good policy. This article looks at what we mean by…

Book Reviews

Uncharitable: How Restraints On Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential by Dan Pallotta Medford, Mass: Tufts University Press isbn: 978-1-58465-723-1 in recent years, there has been increasing discussion ab ou t the “blurring” of the lines that separate the charitable sector from the private sector. To many people, the argument goes, the concept of “charity” is no…

“Oil And Water Or The Perfect Margarita?” Where Is The “social” In “the Social Economy?”

Abstract: “Philanthrocapitalism”—the belief that business thinking can strengthen philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector—is the latest buzzword among donors, journalists and politicians, but has its impact been overrated? Does mixing for-profit with not-for-profit values and approaches produce the “perfect margarita” of “creative capitalism” or pour “oil on water” in ways that pollute civil society and reduce…

Charities in Business, Business in Charities, Charities and Business—Mapping and Understanding the Complex Nonprofit/Business Interface

For the analytical purposes of this paper, nonprofits and charities are presented as roughly synonymous, except where indicated.  Introduction A new pro-business zeitgeist has made for-profit initiatives more acceptable in the nonprofit world. (Dees, 1998, p. 3) One of the most important dynamics in the charitable sector in Canada at the present time is its…