The editors of PANL Perspectives identified the following outstanding reports about philanthropy, charities and the nonprofit sector.

Trust & Impact report coverTrust & Impact, from Imagine Canada in 2022, reports on past causes of reduced unrestricted funding and how it increased quickly in Canada after the pandemic started. Through interviews with two dozen Canadian funders, the report provides an in-depth analysis of the state of unrestricted funding in Canada today.

 

What does a world-leading framework of charities law look like? (2022) draws on experiences in Canada, New Zealand and other countries to dive into regulation, contracting, advocacy and a whole lot more. Her 600-page report (pdf here) builds on two decades of her legal practice in charities law — and makes 70 recommendations, many of which apply to Canada.

 

Giving at a Crossroads: Generational Trends, Pandemic Uncertainties, and Unprecedented Strain on Charities. This 2022 edition of “The Giving Report,” from CanadaHelps, notes that the giving gap continues to widen (with an increased reliance on a smaller group of aging donors), but that younger generations do give and want to give more — and they have high levels of trust in charities.

 

Getting Connected: Funders and Digital Equity in Canada (2022), by CIRA.ca, the nonprofit that manages the .CA domain. Many Canadians still lack the speeds and skills to participate in an increasingly digital world. Based on interviews with 20 leaders in Canada’s philanthropic community, this new report shows that funders are feeling an urgency to tackle the country’s digital inequities.

 

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, in the U.S., published 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2022, which examines how nonprofits can use the growing market of cryptocurrencies, how the culture wars are affecting philanthropy, and how nonprofits can reverse the trend of declining financial donations.

 

Are Canada’s Charities Ready for Digital Transformation? (2021), from CanadaHelps, presents results from a survey of 1,400 Canadian charities, including baseline data on charities’ unreadiness related to digital tools and the barriers they face in digital adoption. It shows they lack the funding and skills to maintain relevancy, and calls for urgent investment by funders and governments. The 32-page can be downloaded from CanadaHelps’ website.

 

Wake Up Call: Navigating New Pathways for Corporate Community Investment in Canada (November 2020): An assessment of the social shifts Canada is experiencing and how nonprofits and corporations can more effectively work together to address them.Steven Ayer, of Imagine Canada, published Wake Up Call: Navigating New Pathways for Corporate Community Investment in Canada (Nov. 2020), an assessment of the social shifts that Canada is experiencing and how nonprofits and corporations can more effectively work together to address them.

 

This report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Nov. 2020) is a valuable resource for understanding how different countries treat philanthropy in their tax systems. It provides an overview of how 40 OECD countries tax philanthropy and provide tax incentives for giving. The recommendations for public policy stress the need to reduce the current complexity of the tax measures for philanthropy in most countries while improving oversight.This report, Taxation and Philanthropy, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Nov. 2020), is a valuable resource for understanding how different countries treat philanthropy in their tax systems. It provides an overview of how 40 OECD countries tax philanthropy and provide tax incentives for giving. Also, as part of an international conference to release the report, Calum Carmichael presented his paper, Charitable ends by political means?, comparing 16 countries’ approaches in regulating the kinds and levels of political activities that philanthropic entities could undertake without losing their fiscal privileges.

 

Multicultural & Newcomer Charitable Giving Study, by Imagine Canada (2020), contains analyses from a survey of 3,130 newcomers and second-generation Canadians from South Asian, Chinese, Afro-Caribbean/African, Filipino, Arab, and Iranian backgrounds. Findings include trends about causes supported, giving methods, motivations for support and insights such as: a third of those from South Asian backgrounds indicated they intended to volunteer more, compared to just 20% of the general population.The study by Imagine Canada (2020) contains analyses from a survey of 3,130 newcomers and second-generation Canadians from South Asian, Chinese, Afro-Caribbean/African, Filipino, Arab, and Iranian backgrounds. Findings include trends about causes supported, giving methods, motivations for support, and insights.

 

Resetting Normal: Funding a Thriving Women’s Sector and Resetting Normal: Women, Decent Work and Canada’s Fractured Care Economy, two reports (2020), by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Ontario Nonprofit Network, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Kathleen Lahey and Fran Faraday, show how to redesign funding models, better use gender-based analysis and reinvent our care infrastructure.Resetting Normal: Funding a Thriving Women’s Sector and Resetting Normal: Women, Decent Work and Canada’s Fractured Care Economy, two reports (2020) by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Ontario Nonprofit Network, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Kathleen Lahey and Fran Faraday, show how to redesign funding models, better use gender-based analysis and reinvent our care infrastructure.

 

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