Graduate Supervisor, Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
Comparative public policy for the third sector; philanthropy and nonprofits; public management
Visiting Fellow, Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia; Visiting Ian Potter Foundation Scholar, 2016
Institute of Public Administration of Canada, J. E. Hodgetts Award for Best Paper published in Canadian Public Administration in 2018 (also for Susan D. Phillips, Brian R. Little and Laura A. Goodine. 1997. Reconsidering Gender and Public Administration: Five Steps Beyond Conventional Research, Canadian Public Administration, 40 (4): 563-81.)
Distinguished Research Career Recognition, Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA)
J.E. Hodgetts Award for Best Paper published in Canadian Public Administration in 2018, Institute of Public Administration of Canada
Distinguished Service Award for Contributions and Leadership in Research and Practice of Nonprofits and Social Economy, Canadian Association for Research in Nonprofits and Social Economy (ANSER-ARES)
Associate, Centre for the Study of Philanthropy and Public Good, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Impact Award, Carleton University, for ‘outstanding contributions that entail mobilizing one’s teaching, research, and administrative skills to play a notable role in building on institutional strengths and connections to make a difference
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Under the influence: The celebrity factor in policy capture
By Christopher Dougherty and Susan Phillips Celebrity is a form of policy influence that can occur under distinctive circumstances. This paper draws on the regulatory/policy capture literature to develop a model of celebrity capture that explains how interest groups can affect policy in the absence of economic clout or constituency mobilization.... More
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Susan Phillips and Paloma Raggo: ‘Era of uncertainty’: How leaders in Canada’s non-profit sector are preparing for 2023
‘Era of uncertainty’: How leaders in Canada’s non-profit sector are preparing for 2023 Polarization, giving trends, equity, HR issues, reconciliation, the data gap, the climate crisis: we asked leaders in Canada’s non-profit and charitable sector about the challenges and societal shifts they’ll be watching in 2023. Here’s what they had... More
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
PhD Candidate Lisa Halpern and Profs. Susan Phillips and Nathan Grasse Publish in Canadian Public Policy
PhD candidate Lisa Halpern, Professor Susan Phillips and Associate Professor Nathan Grasse published an article titled “Non-Profit Long-Term Care in Ontario: How Financially Robust is the System?” in a special issue of Canadian Public Policy on Pensions, Retirement, Longevity, and Long-Term Care. Guest Editors’ Introduction “Several... More
Strategies for Enhancing the Financial Sustainability of Canada’s Charities (2018) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant, $220,400 over four years. (PI).
Canada’s charitable sector, comprising 86,000 organizations, delivers a wide range of human and other services, is an important source of social innovation and policy advice, and makes an economic contribution equivalent to the retail trade industry. In spite of its importance, the sector’s financial viability is deteriorating, leading to closures and consolidation of charities and a reduction in the services that citizens rely upon . Almost one-half of charities report difficulty fulfilling their missions, and mergers — including among large organizations — are occurring to stave off financial crises. The effects of economic uncertainty are highly uneven, however: while many charities are facing ‘unprecedented upheaval’, others are thriving and expanding. Why are some charities more resilient to economic uncertainty than others? How can charities adapt to survive short-term fluctuations and long-term structural shifts in their funding environments?
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Philanthropy in Canada is undergoing a major shift in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Charities and non-profits are struggling to stay afloat and have seen drastic drops in revenues. Canadian governments are mobilizing funds towards sustaining the country’s economy and keeping people safe. Foundations are adjusting their grantmaking practices to support grantees and to serve their communities, especially the most vulnerable populations.
This research report, which incorporates additional sources of research from colleague organizations and academic institutions, aims to provide relevant data and identify measures that can assist the philanthropic and charitable sector in effectively responding to the crisis and in the rebuilding that will follow
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PANL Perspectives offers news and insights for the Philanthropy and Nonprofit sector in Canada. The editors and editorial team produce and gather evidence-based stories, original interviews and insider reflections about shifting power relationships in the sector, ethics in philanthropy and fundraising, the role of private foundations, and much more.
Check out the PANL Perspectives website here.
Intersections and Innovations: Changes for Canada’s Voluntary and Nonprofit Sector.
For far too long, Canada has lacked a comprehensive resource examining Canada’s charitable sector. That has now ended.
The Muttart Foundation has spent many years focusing on building the capacity of charities in this country. The publication of this collection is another contribution to that effort. By understanding more about itself, the sector can continue to develop and find new ways to serve Canadians and those in need outside our nation.
The authors of these essays bring different perspectives on the role and inner workings of Canada’s charities. Collectively, they bring an unprecedented insight into the work of organizations whose diversity is exceeded only by their desire to serve.
It is difficult to express adequate appreciation to Dr. Susan Phillips of Carleton University for her leadership of this project. She has been a source of encouragement, persuasion, cajoling and improving authors from across the country. Her efforts now bear fruit as we make this material available to students, academics, practitioners and others interested in the history and future of Canada’s charities.
The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy.
Philanthropy – the use of private resources for public purposes – is undergoing a transformation, both in practice and as an emerging field of study.
Expectations of what philanthropy can achieve have risen significantly in recent years, reflecting a substantial, but uneven, increase in global wealth and the rolling back of state services in anticipation that philanthropy will fill the void. In addition to this, experiments with entrepreneurial and venture philanthropy are producing novel intersections of the public, non-profit and private spheres, accompanied by new kinds of partnerships and hybrid organisational forms. The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy examines these changes and other challenges that philanthropists and philanthropic organisations face.
With contributions from an international team of leading contemporary thinkers on philanthropy, this Companion provides an introduction to, and critical exploration of, philanthropy; discussing current theories, research and the diverse professional practices within the field from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy is a rich and valuable resource for students, researchers, practitioners and policymakers working in or interested in philanthropy.
Governance and Regulation in the Third Sector: International Perspectives.
Governance and Regulation in the Third Sector brings together scholars and experienced practitioners from different countries to investigate the relationship between regulation and relational governance for the third sector in a comparative context. Each chapter reviews recent regulatory changes in the country in question. To what extent are there significant convergences in these reforms and what are the implications for the third sector? Is there any evidence that the foundational architecture for a more collaborative relationship between the state and the third sector has been laid?
Overall, the book reveals that the reality of the supposedly new collaborative relationships and the impacts of regulatory reform are quite different from what contemporary theories of public management would have us believe. Recognizing the gap between theory and reality, the chapters explore some of the outstanding challenges for regulatory reform for the third sector.
Personal Project Pursuit: Goals, Action and Human Flourishing.
Personal Project Pursuit is the first book to feature Brian Little’s highly respected personal projects analysis (PPA), one of the pioneering theories in contemporary personality and motivational psychology. The book examines both the internal and external dynamics of personal goals and projects and clearly demonstrates that human flourishing is enhanced when individuals are engaged in the pursuit of personal projects.
The book opens with the theory and methodologies of personal projects research. The historical perspective on the development of the two dominant research perspectives from personality and developmental psychology is explored. Section II examines the internal dynamics and competing demands of goal formulation and project inception. The third part accentuates the role that social ecologies play in shaping the nature and outcomes of personal projects. These chapters highlight the importance of interpersonal relationships, organizational contexts, and the societal and cultural expectations in affecting the pursuit of personal projects. Ideas for orchestrating the environment to enhance human flourishing are explored. Section IV demonstrates how personal projects can illuminate and enhance human flourishing, from psychological well being to physical health. The book concludes with applications for enhancing human flourishing from individual counseling to public policy.
Personal Project Pursuit is intended for advanced students, researchers, and practitioners in personality, social, developmental, industrial/organizational, health, environmental, clinical and counseling psychology interested in motivation and well being. An excellent supplemental text for courses on personality, motivation, positive psychology, well being, personal and life span development, the book’s applied focus will appeal to counselors and rehabilitation/occupational therapists.
Urban Affairs: Back on the Policy Agenda.
A reflection on contemporary urban policy issues and the federal government’s role in dealing with them.
Issues of urban policy are increasingly complex and important. Whether considered from a social, demographic, or economic perspective, Canada is overwhelmingly an urban nation and healthy, prosperous cities are the key to its well-being. What then, is our national policy toward urban affairs? In Urban Affairs leading experts in a variety of disciplines explore this question.
Canada’s last experience with national urban policy-making was in the 1970s. The authors focus on what has happened since, exploring how both our city-regions and our ideas about the urban policy-making process have changed. The authors also examine both the past and present roles of the federal government, and what it can and should do in the future. Contributors include Caroline Andrew, Paul Born (Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement, Cambridge), Kenneth Cameron (FCIP, Policy and Planning, Greater Vancouver Regional District), W. Michael Fenn, (Ontario Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing), Pierre Filion (University of Waterloo), Katherine Graham, Pierre Hamel (Université de Montréal), Christopher Leo (University of Winnipeg), Barbara Levine (World University Service of Canada), Sherilyn MacGregor (PhD, Environmental Studies, York University), Warren Magnusson (University of Victoria), Beth Moore Milroy (Ryerson University), Merle Nicholds (former Mayor of Kanata), Evelyn Peters (University of Saskatchewan), Susan Phillips, Valerie Preston (York University), Andrew Sancton (University of Western Ontario), Lisa Shaw (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives), Enid Slack (Enid Slack Consulting Inc.), Sherri Torjman (Caledon Institute of Social Policy), Carolyn Whitzman (doctoral candidate, School of Geography and Geology, McMaster University), David Wolfe (University of Toronto), and Madeleine Wong (University of Wisconsin).
Citizen engagement: Lessons in Participation from Local Government
“One of the core functions of the Intergovernmental Committee on Urban and Regional Research (ICURR) is to provide Canadian local governments with the latest information on the how-to of problem-solving and on the trends and developments that arise in the planning and management of communities.
In keeping with this valued function, we are pleased to be associated with this new study on how to make public participation in local government more effective. Not only are the nine case studies Canadian in context, they also represent four areas of key interest to ICURR’s funders and clients: economic development; land-use planning; municipal finance; and local government restructuring.
We are pleased to endorse a work that is not only practical in approach (each chapter can easily stand on its own, as can each subject area) but that also investigates public participation in local government in its many incarnations. The authors document both unqualified successes in public participation (as in the case of Winnipeg’s economic development strategy) and those initiatives that could benefit from improvements (as set out in the discussion of public involvement in Edmonton’s budget preparation). Nor is the future neglected. “Electronic democracy,” as applied in Ottawa and Ottawa-Carleton, is accorded its due place among the changing ways in which local governments seek to involve their citizens. This fine and new contribution to the literature on public involvement in municipal decision-making is particularly welcome, as much of the country reconsiders the structure and powers of local governments.”
Urban Governance in Canada: Representation, Resources, and Restructuring.
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Creating sustainable and livable cities.
ISBN : 0774733926
How Ottawa Spends 1995-1996: Mid-Life Crises
This is the sixteenth edition of How Ottawa Spends. Our objective in producing this annual series is to provide timely and constructive analysis offederal government spending and public policy, and to stimulate debate about policy options. This year’s edition assesses how the Liberals are doing at mid-life. To what extent have they been able to live up to their election promises made in the Red Book? What are the possibilities that they will be able to meet these commitments, given the serious economic and political constraints on governing?
How Ottawa Spends 1994-1995: Making Changes
What are the possibilities for real innovation under the new Liberal regime? Where do ideas for new policy come from? How will the government find the money to implement new policy in an era of strict fiscal limits? Making Change addresses these questions in this, the fifteenth annual review of government spending and public policy from the Carleton University School of Public Administration. It explores the source of ideas and considers the factors which help or hinder innovation in policy and the process of governing.
How Ottawa Spends 1993-1994: A More Democratic Canada…?
This year’s volume of How Ottawa Spends addresses the question: How can we enhance the practices of democratic governance in Canada? The contributors to this volume are Ken Battle on child benefits, Paul Chartrand on Aboriginal self-government, Alexandra Dobrowolsky and Jane Jenson on electoral and party reform, Bruce Doern on restructuring government organization and service, Harvey Lithwick and Rebecca Coulthard on federal-urban relationships, Leslie Pal and Leslie Seidle on lessons learned from constitutional politics, Paul Pross and lain Stewart on fairness in lobbying, James Rice and Michael Prince on the Tories’ record on social policy, Ian Robinson on NAFTA, Saul Schwartz on reforming our school systems, Miriam Smith on economic and social rights and Bruce Wilkinson on Canada’s international indebtedness
- April 21, 2021
Carleton University Research Helps Convince Ottawa to Support Black Communities in Federal Budget (Carleton Newsroom)
- April 6, 2021
Charities and non-profits in trouble seek federal support. (CBC)
- May 23, 2021
Pandemic has hit Make-A-Wish hard but it’s adapted to continue helping sick children (CBC)
- February 25, 2021
Jackson Family Scholarship in Community Engagment (FPA News)
- January 18, 2021
Lack of Collaboration Slows Vaccine Research (FPA News)
- November 9, 2020
Good News for Humboldt: How a $15 Million Crowdfunder Turned Nasty & Got Quickly Resolved (PANL Perspectives)
- October 3, 2020
“Greta Effect” Drives Interest in Social Justice. (The Toronto Star)
- September 1, 2020
WE scandal an opportunity to update policy for charities. (The Toronto Star)
- June 1, 2020
FPA Researchers Win COVID-19 Research Grants (FPA News)
- March 1, 2019
“Smart Philanthropy” Requires New Ways of Attracting Doners (Carleton Newsroom)
- January 22, 2019
‘The Business of Philanthropy’: Ottawa’s nonprofit sector embraces professionalization. (Ottawa Business Journal)
- June 16, 2016
Renowned Journals Set Up Shot at School of Public Policy and Administration (FPA News)
- December 2, 2015
Should we be impressed by Mark Zuckerberg’s big donation? (Maclean’s)
- October 5, 2015
FPA Faculty Win Carleton University Research Prizes (FPA News)
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