Trends & Studies

In the business of change: How social entrepreneurs are disrupting business as usual

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
July 18, 2018

An excerpt from Elisa Birnbaum's new book about social entrepreneurship.

The 30-Year Giving Itch: New report shines a long light on Canada's philanthropic trends

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
July 4, 2018

A new report looks at Canada's giving habits over the past 30 years and makes some startling predictions for the future.

Stronger together: Working toward increased allyship in Canada's nonprofit sector

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
March 21, 2018

We speak with the panelists of a recent webinar, The Role of Allyship in Reconciliation, to explore the how we can be better support allyship in Canada's philanthropic sector.

Looking toward the future: Building on the legacy from Canada 150

Written By: Susan Fish
March 7, 2018

How will Canada's nonprofit philanthropic community build on the momentum of Canada 150 to continue to strengthen the sector?

Fighting the impulse to despair: How the current political climate impacts volunteer engagement

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
November 22, 2017

How are current socio-political events affecting fundraising and volunteer engagement? A Toronto-based researcher is working toward an answer.

Moving toward Decent Work: How changing employment standards are impacting the nonprofit sector

Written By: Susan Fish
August 21, 2017

Employment standards are starting to change in provinces across the country. What will this mean for nonprofit employers?

The Canada Revenue Agency gets transparent…and pictographic!

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
March 1, 2017

We discuss the new CRA Report on the Charities Program 2015-2016 with several industry experts.

Charities request charity law reform to protect free speech

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
January 4, 2017

A charity sector working group calls for changes to the Income Tax Act to allow more political activity.

Creating a brighter future: How immigration, environmentalism and the social economy transformed Canada

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
December 14, 2016

Part three in a three-part series outlining the history of social change in Canada.

Education, reconciliation and the nonprofit sector

Written By: Henriette Thompson
November 2, 2016

What role does the nonprofit sector have to play in reconciliation?

In pursuit of human rights: Defining the legacy of Canada’s labour, co-op and healthcare movements

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
October 26, 2016

Part two in a three-part series outlining the history of social change in Canada.

Vital Signs 2016: Exploring connection to community and belonging in Canada

Written By: Lee Rose
October 20, 2016

A new national Vital Signs report explores how a feeling of belonging to a community fosters a desire to give back.

Creating a new legacy: How Canadian nonprofit organizations can support reconciliation

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
September 28, 2016

How can your nonprofit organization support reconciliation in Canada?

Toward Equality: How Canada’s social movements moved the needle on social change

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
September 21, 2016

Part one in a three-part series outlining the history of social change in Canada.

A national charity census: Mark Blumberg's Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
August 24, 2016

Mark Blumberg's Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector offers an insightful look at the Canadian charity sector.

Coding for good: The rise of charity hackathons

Written By: Susan Fish
April 13, 2016

Hackers might have a dubious reputation but increasingly, hackers are using their skills for public benefit.

Measuring impact, not administration: A primer on charity overhead

Written By: Susan Fish
February 10, 2016

We explore how donor perceptions about overhead affect the work of charities.

Charity Wars: The sector awakens

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
January 27, 2016

What does the new Liberal Government have in store for Canada's nonprofit sector?

Designing a new way of thinking: A new approach to solving social problems

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
January 6, 2016

Find out how organizations are employing a new technique called design thinking to address social problems.

Not your mother's sector: How young changemakers are shaking up the nonprofit world

Written By: Susan Fish
September 30, 2015

We talk to the young people who are shaking up the traditional nonprofit sector.