Charities, Public Policy and Advocacy – Take # 2

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Congratulations on your recent election. Like many who work and volunteer with the tens of thousands of Canadian charities operating across the country and around the world, I was delighted to see the charity related promises contained in the Liberal party’s platform. Your government has committed to ending the “political harassment”…

Volunteering: A Catalyst For Citizen Engagement, Social Inclusion, And Resilient Communities

Introduction How can we better understand the role volunteering plays in strengthening citizen engagement, social inclusion, and building resilient communities? Reflecting on some of the transitions within the voluntary sector and trends in volunteer engagement that have emerged over the past five years will help us map out where we want voluntary action to be…

Letter From The Guest Editor

This is the second and final issue based on the theme of the voluntary sector in transition. The first issue addressed a number of the themes, not the least of which was the change in the relationship of the sector with the federal government. This issue examines a number of areas where sector organizations are…

You Can’t Get There From Here

Introduction Canada’s charities and voluntary organizations number an estimated 161,000 groups1 (Hall, de Wit, Lasby, McIver, Evers, Johnston, McAuley, Scott, Cucumel, Jolin, Nicol, Berdahl, Roach, Davies, Rowe, Frankel, Brock, & Murray, 2005) in 2003 and the contribution of core nonprofit institutions was valued at $35.6 billion or 2.5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2007…

Letter From The Guest Editor

The theme of this and the next issue of The Philanthropist is transition in the voluntary sector. Funk & Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary (1978) defines transition as “the act or state of passing from one place, condition, or action to another; change.” Change is always with us –even during periods of relative calm, voluntary organizations…

Letter From The Guest Editor

We have been talking about accountability of charitable and nonprofit organizations for as long as I have been working in this sector, which is going on some 22 years now. The issue has hardly gone away. If anything, it looms larger and presents more urgency, as there seems to be a growing perception among the public,…

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…