Grantmaking and Storytelling

Grant Making: The Importance of Convening & Storytelling in the Digital Age

The following article is about Sarah Lavallée’s (PhiLab Intern) experience working with the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia and her reflections on future opportunities for philanthropy in Atlantic Canada. My involvement as a student intern with the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia (RCFNS) started in February of 2022 during a work placement coordinated […]

War Ukraine Canadian Philanthropy

May 2022 – War in Ukraine: The Role of Canadian Philanthropy

The role played by philanthropy in times of humanitarian crisis is as much a demonstration of human ingenuity as it is one of care and solidarity. As in response to other devastating crises such as the Syrian civil war and the war in Afghanistan, Canadian philanthropy has quickly mobilized its efforts and resources to support […]

Philanthropy & Perpetuity

April 2022: Philanthropy and Perpetuity

Is perpetuity the default setting for grantmaking foundations in Canada? This special edition on perpetuity challenges this assumption. It is, however, not an easy topic for the booming sector of philanthropy in this country, as it raises a deep structural issue, whereby grantmaking foundations could be part of the problem they wish to solve. In other words, it questions the very reason behind their existence […]

PhiLab’s 2022 National Conference

Re-imagining Philanthropy will be an opportunity to participate in the writing of a narrative that proposes mapping out a philanthropy that draws on different traditions – Indigenous and non-Indigenous, Western and non-Western across Turtle Island to reinvigorate the age-old traditions of giving and sharing, caring and solidarity, and to reinvigorate the values of equity, respect […]

February 2022: Philanthropy & Collaboration

This issue contains a bouquet of discussions and perspectives on the topic of collaborative philanthropy, a multi-faceted concept that includes collaboration across philanthropic organizations (both giving and receiving) and between these organizations and others with an interest in philanthropic activities and outcomes, including post-secondary institutions. As the curator of this issue, the Philab Atlantic Hub […]

Janvier 2022 : Philanthropy for the Animals

This Special Edition is PhiLab’s first effort to address the many complex entanglements of philanthropy and animal welfare. The range and scope of these contributions reflects the fact that the relationship between humans and nonhuman animals cuts across all aspects of our lives. Animals provide companionship and, for many, can take on the role of […]

philanthropy & mental health

December 2021 : Philanthropy & Mental Health

Canadians are currently dealing with a mental health crisis: terrifying suicide rates among youth, an opioid overdose epidemic, high rates of mental illness in senior nursing homes, and all of this amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to address mental health issues, Canada needs collective action, and the philanthropic sector is well-positioned to play […]

Philanthropy & COVID-19

October 2021 : Philanthropy & COP26

In Glasgow, from October 31st to November 12th, 2021, the next edition of the Conference of Parties will take place. Under the rallying banner of “Uniting the world to tackle climate change”, this conference aims to achieve four broad objectives: reach the zero-emission and maximum 1.5-degree increase in temperature targets by 2050; adapt to protect […]