Ontario Hub

The Regional Center is supervised by Manuel Litalien and François Brouard and the coordinator is Andrea Kosovac Sykes.

The Hub is located in North Bay in the offices of Nipissing University.

Laboratory – Research Projects

Group #1: Impact of operational funding

Project Supervisor: Susan Phillips

Partner: United Way of Greater Toronto

Project Description: This proposal is a collaboration of the United Way of Greater Toronto, PhiLab and the research team of the SSHRC Insight Grant on Financing Charities (Susan Phillips, PI) with the aim of studying the effects of sustained operational funding on human service charities over a fifteen-year period. The core research team would be: Susan Phillips and Nathan Grasse, Carleton University; Jesse Lecy, Arizona State University; Julia Carboni, Syracuse University; and Iryna Khovrenkov, University of Regina. Our request to the PhiLab partnership grant is for funds for a Ph.D. student to assist in data analysis from mid-June to mid-December 2019, with the funds to be held by Susan Phillips at Carleton University. This project examines the effects of sustained operational funding on human service nonprofits over a fifteen-year period relative to comparable organizations that lacked such support as a component of their grants.

Group #2: Phase 2: Philanthropic support for Canadian journalism: A road map

Project Supervisor: April Lindgren

Project description: 

Phase 1: Philanthropy and the media in Ontario


The Observatory manages databases and short-term research projects. It distributes and disseminates knowledge on the Canadian philanthropic sector as well as acts as a relay for research stemming from the associated international research units.

Below you will find the Ontario Hub’s most recent blog posts.

Bonnie Shepherd Equality Fund

PhiLab Interview: Bonnie Shepherd, Chief Development Officer, Equality Fund

A message from Bonnie Shepherd:  This interview was conducted before the coronavirus pandemic. We know from experience that crises like natural disasters, wars, and economic downturns exacerbate inequality and we ...
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Philanthropic Support for Journalism

Research project update: Philanthropic Support for Journalism: A Canadian Roadmap

This article was originally published on the Local News Research Project website. It refers to the research project "Philanthropic Support for Journalism: A Canadian Roadmap" by PhiLab's Ontario Hub member ...
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Feminist Philanthropy

Part 2: A Reflection on Feminist Philanthropy

The second portion of this editorial is an effort to further understand what constitutes feminist philanthropy (FP). One of my observations is that the historical roots of feminist philanthropy are ...
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Gender-Lens Philanthropy

Interview with Juniper Glass – Gender-Lens Philanthropy: A practical guide for Canadian foundations

With equality between genders being more relevant today than ever before, Canadian foundations are beginning to take notice, making it more important to acknowledge the implementation of a gender-lens to ...
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Feminist Philanthropy

A Reflection on Feminist Philanthropy

In March 2018, the New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF)[1] announced that its partnership with the Women’s Funding Network (an international network of more than 100 women’s funds and foundations)[2] successfully ...
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No, Canada’s Environmental Movement is Not Foreign-Funded

This post was written in reaction to an article recently published in Canada's National Observer: Bomb threat called into Tides Canada an extension of political theatre by Joanna Kerr, CEO ...
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