This Demographics of Philanthropy special edition explores the demographic factors that affect the philanthropic behaviour of Canadians.
Traditionally, charity has allowed women to carve a place for themselves in the public sphere and to gain a growing influence in certain areas whereas the government’s doors were closed off to them. Nowadays, their participation in philanthropy has become more than a vector for social and political recognition, it is a way to accelerate […]
There is a significant disparity that exists regarding the distribution of donations made by foundations between rural and urban areas, with the latter receiving the larger piece of the pie. A study published in 2008 by the Canada Revenue Agency (view here) stated that only 22% of charities were rural organizations (with over one out […]
The references presented in this newsletter aim at shedding light on the challenges that define the connection between philanthropy and democracy.
Fundamentally, philanthropy is an activity consisting of transferring financial resources, usually from private sources, towards social causes, of supposed general interest. While the notion of philanthropy can be traced back to Antiquity, modern philanthropy is distinguished by its profoundly utilitarian spirit, which causes it to seek maximum societal impact. In this search for impact, foundations […]
Of all the institutions, Universities are without a doubt those that maintain the most privileged relationship with the philanthropic sector. Historically, the creation of many Canadian and American universities stem from acts of charity. Close to home, we have McGill University that was founded thanks to a legacy gift by James McGill. However, philanthropy can […]
The editorial committee is happy to announce the launch of the first edition of the annual journal “The PhiLanthropic Year” The PhiLanthropic Year is a publication specialized in the distribution of scientific and professional knowledge in philanthropy and more specifically, grantmaking philanthropy. The journal was created in response to the need to make available, in […]
The expression “nothing ever changes other than the fact that everything changes” seems to be made to describethe reality of the media ecosystem. In fact, the history of the media illustrates a sector that is continuously forced to adapt itself, innovate and redefine its image in the face of social, political and economic pressures. This […]
To avoid beating around the bush, the taxation framework of private generosity is an issue of public interest. In addition to representing a financial cost for the public Treasury, the fiscal incentives given to charity explicitly encourage foundations to intervene on issues that concern society as a whole (education, health, the environment, etc.). Further still, […]
The charitable sector and the State both influence and transform each other. On the one hand, the Canadian State shapes registered charities by imposing statuses upon them, framing their activities and establishing the fiscal environment in which they evolve. This set of legal and political mechanisms and regulations shape the Canadian charitable sector. It is […]