Atlantic Hub

The Atlantic Regional Hub is supervised by Roza Tchoukaleyska. The coordinator is Brady Reid. They are located on Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus in Cornerbrook.

Hub main email: philab@grenfell.mun.ca

Hub Description

Our research in Atlantic Canada covers two interdependent domains. First, we will map the network of exchanges between foundations giving and receiving grants in Newfoundland. This includes the movement of money (who is making donations, who collects funds, how are they distributed?) and of information (how do national politics interact with local ideas, how do ideas travel between urban and rural areas?). Second, we will evaluate the rural capacity within the grantmaking ecosystem of Atlantic Canada. We expect to find differences between Atlantic Canada and peripheral and rural regions, and more urban Canadian contexts regarding the overall philanthropic context and the role of foundations in particular.

We wonder how location influences the willingness of donors to support philanthropic organizations and we will examine how interdisciplinary partnerships are formed between universities, governments, industries, the public and other NGOs in the objective of maximizing the impact of philanthropy on the sustainability of communities. The project’s two components combine an interest in the concept of “proof-based philanthropy” (sometimes coined effective altruism) and the ways to update follow-up and impact report systems in order for rural philanthropy to make progress.

Group #1: The role of philanthropic activity in supporting social sustainability in rural Newfoundland

Project Supervisor: Roza Tchoukaleyska

Team members: Joan Cranston (Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation), Dawn Pittman (Western Regional School of Nursing) and Samantha Young (Student researcher).

Partners: Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation

Project Description: This project will examine the role of philanthropic activity in supporting social sustainability in rural Newfoundland. A new health care social enterprise is being established in the town of Port aux Choix and the region of the Great Northern Peninsula. Through this project we will examine the potential of this social enterprise to spur philanthropic giving, create new partnerships with grant making foundations, and identify new models for community-based service provision in rural areas.

Group #2: Mapping existing patterns of giving in NL and the Atlantic Region

Project Supervisor: Kelly Vodden

Team members: Leith Deacon, Darren Sheppard (Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation), Miranda Ivany

Partners: Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation (IBEC)

Project Description: The objective of this proposal is to contribute to knowledge generation in the philanthropic landscape of rural Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). We seek to map existing patterns of giving in NL and the Atlantic region, as well as to understand how the underlying cultural and historical contexts of these regions influence individual’s perceptions of the environmental sector and the potential implications it may have for philanthropic opportunities in this sector as a whole. More specifically, we will employ a case-study approach to examine the nature of philanthropic giving in the environmental sector to determine the potential for and of suitability of obtaining a charitable designation for small ENGOs in NL as a means of entering into the philanthropic ecosystem. Results will be used to enable the Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation (IBEC) to make an informed decision about their charitable status and the implications on their organization’s long-term sustainability. Further, this case study will be used to explore the nascent nature of philanthropic giving in the environmental sector in both NL, and in Atlantic Canada  as a whole by providing a curated set of examples and explanations which help provide an understanding of the unique challenges and barriers (and perhaps opportunities) that exist for small rural ENGOs in NL and Atlantic Canada. Knowledge gained from the IBEC experience will be documented and widely shared within both the ENGO community in NL and Atlantic Canada more broadly through the PhiLab Atlantic Hub to help ENGOs that are going through, or may go through, a similar decision-making process in the future. Given the currently limited nature of philanthropic giving within the province this project and the understanding to be gained is expected to be particularly important.

Blog Posts

Policy Making Evaluation and Effective Altruism

Evidence-Based Policy Making, Policy Evaluation, and Effective Altruism: Considerations for a Research Project on Social Impact Measurement in Atlantic Canada

Philanthropy is not one of my usual research interests, but becoming a part of PhiLab has given me the opportunity to consider intersections between philanthropy, my own background in political ...
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sense of place charitable giving and worker mobility

Exploring the intersection of sense of place, charitable giving and mobile work in Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have a long history of extended mobility for work, such as in the Labrador cod fishery of the 1800s and offshore fisheries that continue today, travelling to ...
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sense of place within Newfoundland and Labrador

Sense of place and the potential to build a stronger philanthropic network in Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador joined Canada as its tenth province in 1949. As Canada’s youngest province, many of the older generation in NL still have memories of Newfoundland before Confederation: my ...
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Rural Philanthropy Atlantic Canada

Connecting the dots: The philanthropic sector and regional development opportunities in Atlantic Canada

Born and raised on the island of Newfoundland, I have experienced first-hand the spirit of giving that people in this region embody. In a recent interview with Arthur Bull, former ...
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