Hot Topic: Carleton Experts on National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 15, is set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—have made to our lives, our communities and our world.

Canada is the first country in the world to honour the work of charities, donors, volunteers, corporations and foundations by permanently recognizing Nov. 15 as National Philanthropy Day.

Carleton has been doing innovative work and research in closely related areas, including launching the country’s first graduate program in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Media are invited to speak to Carleton experts this week about this innovative program and research related to philanthropy.

Experts available include:

Susan Phillips
Professor and Director of Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration
(613) 520 2600 ext. 2633

The Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
This unique graduate program prepares graduates to be innovators and leaders in charities, non-profits, advocacy organizations, social enterprises, philanthropic foundations, development offices and in the governments, financial institutions and businesses that interact with them.

Place-Based Philanthropy
Smart and caring communities are increasingly seen as one of a nation’s greatest competitive advantages in a global knowledge economy. Community foundations are –or have the potential to be – at the heart of social innovation and social change in centres, large and small, across Canada and internationally. Collectively, Canada’s 178 community foundations disperse about $150 million annually to thousands of community organizations, which gives them enormous opportunity to shape a wide variety of services and programs that directly affect the wellbeing of Canadians and the communities in which they reside.  This research explores whether and how these philanthropic institutions are innovating in order to assume community leadership roles and to effect social and economic change in their locales. It also addresses whether public policy, taxation regimes and the regulatory frameworks governing charities facilitate or hinder these new leadership roles, and it will make recommendations for change as appropriate.

Calum Carmichael
Associate Professor with Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration
(613) 520-2600 ext. 2631

Tax Incentives for Charity
Most governments provide tax privileges not only to the non-profit organizations that they deem charitable or publicly beneficial, but also to individuals or corporations that donate to those organizations. Carmichael has compared the ways in which governments have defined charity and public benefit in this context, and the types of privileges that accompany this status. He is particularly interested in what criteria governments use to identify the types of charitable organizations and donations that receive greater privileges than others.

Francois Brouard
Director of Carleton’s Sprott Centre for Social Enterprises (SCSE) and Associate Professor with the Sprott School of Business
(613) 520-2600, ext. 2213

Fundraising for Small Charities
The term fundraising methods refers to tactics used by charities to generate monies and gifts in kind to provide services to clients, fund research and cover administrative costs. With reduced financial support from government, fundraising is a critical source of revenue for charities. Equally important is access to accurate information on fundraising methods used by charities in Canada. Brouard’s research traces the evolution of fundraising data collected by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) over the last 10 years, investigates definitions and highlights methods not currently being tracked.

Tessa Hebb
Director of Carleton’s Centre for Community Innovation (3ci)
613-520-2600 x 1217

3ci conducts applied research and offers professional development training to charities and nonprofits.  Its Responsible Investing Initiative, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, works with community and financial partners around the world on key responsible investing issues.


For more information
Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
(613) 520-2600, ext. 8718
(613) 240-3305

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