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The Philanthropist
  This is an Open Access Journal Open Access journal
     ISSN (Print) 0316-3849
     Published by Agora Foundation Homepage  [1 journal]
  • Litigation as a Tool for Achieving Public Policy Goals: The US Experience

    • Authors: Marcus S. Owens
      Abstract: While Canadian charities have sometimes used the courts to achieve their purposes, they have done so far less than their American counterparts.  There are likely several reasons for this, including the cost of litigating, a generally less litigious culture, and courts that have been reluctant to usurp the role of legislators and render policy decisions. Nevertheless, litigation can be a valuable tool to effect public policy change, to improve decision making, or to clarify the law. It is now well settled in the US that charities can use litigation as a tool to achieve their public policy objectives, but that has not always been the case.  The evolution of litigation as a public policy tool for charities in the US, as descirbed in the article below, is informative for the Canadian context.
      PubDate: 2014-05-12
      Issue No: Vol. 25 (2014)
  • Charities and Politics

    • Authors: Robert Hayhoe
      Abstract: Charities are subject to real limits on political activity. However, these limits do not prevent thoughtful and careful policy advocacy related to charitable purposes. Notwithstanding current political pressure on environmental charities, the CRA policy on advocacy by charities is actually broad.
      PubDate: 2014-05-08
      Issue No: Vol. 25 (2014)
  • Interdisciplinarity, Experience, and Environmental Philanthropy

    • Authors: Dave Secord
      Abstract: Seven years after escaping the ivory tower to become an environmental grantmaker, I conclude that what my colleagues and I preached about the value of interdisciplinary study might actually have been correct. It turns out the value of chipping away at boundaries is just as potent for institutional funders. Environmental funders tend to attend the same conferences and fund the same genres of grantees year after year, rarely even meeting other kinds of funders in potentially relevant fields like human rights, community development, health, or arts and culture. Yet many funders I know are haunted by a sense that improved environmental policy outcomes might be achieved only by thinking beyond ENGO (environmental non-governmental organization) grantees and by hanging around with people who are not environmentalists. In a complex and rapidly changing world, ENGOs are necessary but not sufficient to move the needle on environmental issues. Still, environmental funders often find it easier or more comfortable to grant mainly to ENGOs. I wondered why.
      PubDate: 2014-04-14
      Issue No: Vol. 25 (2014)
  • Human Resource Management in the Nonprofit Sector: Passion, Purpose and

    • Authors: Cheryl McClellan
      PubDate: 2014-04-10
      Issue No: Vol. 25 (2014)
  • Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About

    • Authors: Alison Loat
      Abstract: Lisa told her story at one of a series of conversations hosted by Samara, the non-partisan charity I founded in 2009 that is dedicated to increasing political participation in Canada. Over the last year, in partnership with a range of nonprofit community groups, Samara facilitated discussions with nearly 200 Canadians from Newfoundland to British Columbia in an effort to understand their experiences with politics and the barriers they face to political participation. We call these discussions Democracy Talks, and from stories like Lisa’s we are learning a lot about what needs to be done to inspire more active citizenship in Canada.
      PubDate: 2014-04-10
      Issue No: Vol. 25 (2014)
  • Guest Editorial: Public Policy

    • Authors: Allan Northcott
      PubDate: 2014-02-26
      Issue No: Vol. 25 (2014)
  • Pemsel Case Foundation Launched to Foster Canadian Charity Law

    • Authors: Peter Broder
      Abstract: Canadian charity law has not developed with the clarity and certainty currently found in similar law in many other countries. A new organization, The Pemsel Case Foundation, has been constituted to undertake research about the law of registered and common law charities and qualified donees, conduct education pertaining to that research, and make amicus curiae submissions. Through scholarly research and dissemination of its research information, the Foundation seeks to create a better understanding of charity law among both the public and voluntary sector organizations. In interventions, the Foundation will focus on fostering clarity and certainty in the law, and use of the correct legal test or tests in determining eligibility for status as a charity or assessing aspects of charitability that may be in issue.
      PubDate: 2014-02-26
      Issue No: Vol. 25 (2014)
  • Public Policy Advocacy - A Teachable Art'

    • Authors: Brenda Eaton
      Abstract: The development of sound public policy requires the efforts
      of stakeholders from the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Canadians have long
      benefited from public policy entrepreneurs and advocates from outside of government
      bringing invaluable expertise, evidence, and perspective to the policy table.
      PubDate: 2014-02-26
      Issue No: Vol. 25 (2014)
  • Charity and Politics in Canada – A Legal Analysis

    • Authors: Maurice Cullity
      Abstract: This paper addresses the meaning of political activities for the purposes of the ITA and the extent to which they may legitimately affect the entitlement of a body to be, or to remain, registered as a charity.
      PubDate: 2014-02-25
      Issue No: Vol. 25 (2014)
  • Canadian Public Policy and the Social Economy

    • Authors: Noel Keough
      PubDate: 2014-02-25
      Issue No: Vol. 25 (2014)
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