Spinning wheels: Why the sector’s lobbying has come up empty

This article is written by John Lorinc, a Toronto-based journalist and editor. According to early speculation, the federal budget that Liberal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will table later this spring is going to be one for the ages. As Freeland herself commented at a news conference in late January, the budget “will be the mostContinue reading “Spinning wheels: Why the sector’s lobbying has come up empty”

Dismantling founder’s syndrome

This article was written by The Philanthropist contributor Susanna Kislenko, who has been studying the phenomenon for years and offers some insight. Nina Hudson steps up to the podium to begin her highly anticipated speech. She is smiling and determined, with a clear vision and a plan for achieving it. The speech, delivered to aContinue reading “Dismantling founder’s syndrome”

The voices of the vulnerable must not be forgotten when it comes to the climate crisis

This article is written by Reyhana Patel, the head of communications and government relations at the international NGO Islamic Relief Canada. She is a former BBC News journalist and an advocate for change in civil society and minority communities on issues around gender-based violence, racism, and women’s rights. World leaders are currently gathered at theContinue reading “The voices of the vulnerable must not be forgotten when it comes to the climate crisis”

How non-profit executives can build their digital leadership skills

This article is written by Katie Gibson, the co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Nonprofit Digital Resilience and an executive at the CIO Strategy Council. A lawyer and organizer, she is passionate about sustainable tech, non-profit digital resilience, and AI ethics and governance. Non-profit leaders already wear many hats. Now add to that a new,Continue reading “How non-profit executives can build their digital leadership skills”

Six leadership lessons from the pandemic

This article is written by Toby Fyfe, the former president and CEO of the not-for-profit Institute on Governance. Like many small businesses, not-for-profit organizations were hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic: while financial impacts varied, just about all of them were forced to make significant changes in the way they did business. Those that succeededContinue reading “Six leadership lessons from the pandemic”

50 years, 50 moments (part 3)

This article is written by Erin Byrnes (a journalist and filmmaker from Montreal and winner of the Amnesty International Long Form Audio and the DOC Canada Breakthrough awards) and Christina Palassio (a non-profit communications professional and freelance writer). The history of Canada’s charitable and non-profit sector over the past 50 years has been marked byContinue reading “50 years, 50 moments (part 3)”

50 years, 50 moments (part 2)

This article is written by Erin Byrnes (a journalist and filmmaker from Montreal and winner of the Amnesty International Long Form Audio and the DOC Canada Breakthrough awards) and Christina Palassio (a non-profit communications professional and freelance writer). The history of Canada’s charitable and non-profit sector over the past 50 years has been marked byContinue reading “50 years, 50 moments (part 2)”

50 years, 50 moments (part 1)

Erin Byrnes (a journalist and filmmaker from Montreal and winner of the Amnesty International Long Form Audio and the DOC Canada Breakthrough awards) and Christina Palassio (a non-profit communications professional and freelance writer). The history of Canada’s charitable and non-profit sector over the past 50 years has been marked by pivotal moments that have changedContinue reading “50 years, 50 moments (part 1)”

Mission Transition: Confronting the biggest challenge of the 21st century

Diane Berard is an independent-solutions journalist based in Quebec. The co-author of four books, she will publish Le réflexe du castor in September 2021. The February 2022 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was crystal clear: if greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue at the current rate, average global temperatures will be 3.6°C higher by the endContinue reading “Mission Transition: Confronting the biggest challenge of the 21st century”

Why philanthropy needs a new story

Julia Howell is Toronto Foundation’s chief program officer, focused on advancing the organization’s purpose to build a more fair and just society. For many, the word “philanthropist” conjures up old-timey images of the golden-hearted titan of industry or the giant in the community. Western culture is stamped with large gestures of private generosity in pursuitContinue reading “Why philanthropy needs a new story”