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March 4, 2019

Funder, host, lead: Foundations can take any of these roles. But when should they? Last year I had the pleasure of learning from current and former staff at Vancouver Foundation about their experience hosting youth engagement initiatives focused on public policy advocacy. I realized that the learning and practices could be...

Feminist organizing tends to be suspicious of social innovation as just the latest flavour of social change. The social innovation field tends to turn away from the dynamics of power and difference, including gender. Can the two interweave?

In this post on the CKX blog, my long time collaborator and friend Tatiana Fraser and...

February 12, 2018

Most of the time we share the success stories in philanthropy, not the failures. Yet mistakes are great teachers. In my ongoing exploration of what makes good partnership, and how philanthropy can support communities that have experienced marginalization, I was intrigued to come across a written account of a partnership bre...

December 19, 2017

Thanks to The Philanthropist for the 150 Profiles initiative, which put a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector. It has been a delight this year to look through these little windows into the work and minds of so many passionate and committed folks. 

Here's my contribution to the se...

May 19, 2017

Many of us in the philanthropic field crossed paths at Community Foundations of Canada's outstanding conference last week. For those who were not at Belong 2017, CFC streamed and recorded the keynotes via their FB page, offering a valuable resource. The speeches and panels provide insight and guidance, especially for those...

March 8, 2017

Gender justice is one of the things that gets me out of bed in the morning. So is harnessing the power of financial resources for social change. On International Women’s Day, I’m reflecting on how the two can be woven together through well-informed philanthropy.

A key question for foundations interested in girls’ and women’s...

January 11, 2017

There has been a lot of buzz in my circles about renewing Canada's rules governing nonprofits and charities. Last year, when asked what changes or new framework we would like to see, many of us did not have an answer. Now the answers are crystallizing. Recently I supported CCIC, the national coalition of international devel...

December 5, 2016

This year I undertook a study, which many of you took part in, on how Canadian foundations are collaborating. This is one aspect of the trend towards "strategic philanthropy" and, in my mind, towards more responsive and engaged philanthropy. You can read the report (not beautifully designed, I admit, but the content is inte...

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