April 2022: Philanthropy & 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

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 and 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 […]

January 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 […]

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's role in a crisis

November 2021 – Philanthropy’s role in a crisis

Of course, when there is mention of crisis, COVID-19 immediately comes to mind. However, there exist many other crises, some which have been exposed or exacerbated by the pandemic, such as social inequalities, systemic racism, healthcare system, housing, labor, or economic crises. With COP26 omnipresent in the media lately, we cannot omit the climate crisis from the list either. Let us remember that in 2008, Environment Funders Network (then called the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network […]

Philanthropy & COP26

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 […]

September 2021: Respectful community engaged research

This issue of the PhiLab Atlantic hub newsletter entitled, “Respectful community engaged research” considers how philanthropy is complimented by an engaged approach to research to guide responsive philanthropy in the Atlantic context. In a recent video posting from the PhiLab Ontario Regional Conference, Jean Marc Mangin (President and CEO of Philanthropic Foundations of Canada) begins […]

July 2021 – Representation of Community Foundations in Canadian Philanthropy

One hundred years ago, Canada’s first community foundation was set up in Winnipeg. Today more than 90% of Canadian communities have access to a community foundation. At the national level, they are supported by the Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), founded in 1992 to create a national network to connect and support community foundations that were previously working independently. Since then, […]