charitable sector

I recently returned from a trip to Mexico where I was meeting with NGO’s in Oaxaca State, in a town called Huatulco and presenting at the 3rd Annual Congress of Non-Profit Organizations of Mexico hosted at University of Hidalgo in Pechuka, just north of Mexico City.

Why we need strategic philanthropy, not just good financial records…

There has been a lot in the news over the past few months about transparency in the charitable sector.  Most of these articles end up honing in on the cost of raising a dollar, overhead expenditures and tax compliance.  While these financial issues are definitely part of the equation, they should not be the basis upon which strategic philanthropy is based. 

Addressing complex social issues is not just about the financials, it is about the effectiveness of solving the social problem.

In the fall, I posted a brief for the House of Commons Finance Committee on social enterprise and social finance policy development.  The final version, along with others that were submitted can be found here.

The Finance Committee is expanding their work and is now looking at charitable tax incentives.  The crowdsourcing of the last brief proved to be quite successful so I would like to try it again.

Attached is a draft of the submission for the Finance Committee. I will be sending in the final version on January 14th. Please share your thoughts and comments on this blog post. If you would like your name added to the reference list of this paper please let me know so that I can ensure that appropirate credit is made.

Guest blogger – Karine Aviv

Ever since I started working in this sector, I’ve been hearing a lot about fraud.  This is a great concern, because as someone who donates money to charities, I want to know that it is being put to good use, and not going into someone’s personal pocket.  So, what is really going on?

Whew - that's a hard call, when should a charity close its doors for good?

CCVO logoThe Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) released a response to the Alberta Government's 2009 budget in which key funding to the social welfare fabric of the province was cut.

In both the US and Canada, governments are announcing their economic stimulus packages.  Obama brings on a team of economic advisors ranging from Harvard policy experts and Stanford University economists to past government beauraucrats; Harper met with interest groups across Canada to ensure that his package reflects the needs of the citizens.  At the end of the day the charitable sector wasn'

One of the many good things about the holiday season is that it gives me the opportunity to catch up on reading that I have been putting off.  In my pile of MUST READS are several back issues of The Atlantic, Walrus Magazine,