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July 31, 2020
Thoughts on Philanthropy and Giving It All Away

The pandemic is a clarifying moment for philanthropy. A spotlight is shining harshly on the familiar endowed foundation model. It is being aimed even more pointedly at the form of endowed philanthropy known as the donor-advised fund or DAF.  The point is sharp: in this time of crisis like no other, when charities and communities […]

June 29, 2020
Canadian Philanthropy 2020 Part Two

Back in January when COVID 19 was a faraway menace to us, I speculated in a blog post on three important challenges in 2020 for Canadian philanthropy. I suggested that foundations could make an important difference in the Canadian nonprofit landscape if they used their funds and influence to help provide a platform for unheard […]

June 13, 2020
Philanthropy after 2020: Reverse Gear or Fast Forward?

Three months, a quarter of a year, since the pandemic lockdown began. Long days, short weeks for many in the nonprofit sector and their funders. The troubling impacts of the lockdown on charities are piling up: lost revenue, staff layoffs, shuttered programs, and negative increases in social indices such as mental illness, domestic violence and food […]

May 22, 2020
Canadian Philanthropy in a Connected World

We don’t exist in a bubble in this world. We exist in a web. This is how we need to think about our situation as a philanthropy sector, as a country, as a region and as human beings on our planet. The inevitable push in this pandemic is towards closure, towards turning inward and locking […]

May 5, 2020
Spend Now or Spend Later: A False Choice?

I participated this week in an important discussion facilitated by Tides Canada and Future of Good on the need for foundation philanthropy in Canada to step up its giving in response to the COVID emergency. The spark for this discussion was a call to action by Give5, a new movement dedicated to encouraging foundations to give […]

April 24, 2020
Past, Present and Future

I am the granddaughter of a historian and I grew up in a family that valued history for what it can tell us about our present and possibly our future. So, I am intrigued by what history might have to say about our responses to the current pandemic. More specifically, I am interested in what […]

April 10, 2020
Philanthropy’s Lessons from the Pandemic

I am learning some unexpected things as I look for news about the effects of the pandemic and lockdown. The bad news is all too easily found through print and other media. Watching CNN is a frightening experience right now.  But I am also finding much good news, especially through social media. Imagine this lockdown five or […]

March 29, 2020
Crisis and Opportunity for Canadian Funders (part 2)

The COVID-19 emergency has faced private funders with an enormous opportunity for change. A week ago,  I wrote about how groups of private funders are coming together to create and commit to pledges for a more responsive relationship with their grantees and communities. Four funder associations in Canada have now come up with a strong collective […]

March 22, 2020
Crisis and Opportunity for Canadian Funders (part 1)

Does the COVID 19 pandemic offer an opportunity for change in Canadian philanthropy? And if so, what and how? It’s much too soon to tell, probably. But it’s interesting to note the observations made in the last week by U.S foundations  that this is the time for radical response.  It’s not too soon to say that the […]

March 17, 2020
Philanthropy In the Pandemic: What Must Be Done?

“The path forward is to realize that we do have power, even in the face of something that makes us feel incredibly small, and that it lies where it always has—in remembering that we are in this thing together and in finding ways to embrace our collective responsibility and accountability to each other.” – Grant […]

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