How is the philanthropic sector fairing during the COVID-19 pandemic? What obstacles are grantmaking foundations facing and what steps are they taking to overcome them? Below are some of the most recent stories from our partners and the broader philanthropic sector, including the latest initiatives taken to combat the current crisis: March 27th, 2020 WINGS: […]
Conceptual theorizing about place as more than a geo-spatial reality permeates through disciplines such as geography, psychology and anthropology, among others, and has been discussed in the literature for decades. With policymakers shifting toward research-based decision-making, it is relevant to consider a sense of place as a tangible tool that can facilitate greater engagement within […]
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 […]