The Wolf at the Door

The past decade in international development is forcing re-think of the assumptions that have held the sector together for 60 years. The questions are large and unsettling and weigh heavily. Is it time for Western activists to demand that Africans have more direct involvement in setting their own development path? To come to grips with […]

The Have and Have-not World of Charity

“Working for a just distribution of the fruits of the earth and human labor is not mere philanthropy. It is a moral obligation. POPE FRANCIS   A friend came over the other night to cook dinner. Technically, we were cooking dinner together, but at that moment my job was reading news of interest out loud […]

Charity Talk: How can you compete with changing the skyline?

Charities are entrusted with the lives and wellbeing of the poorest, sickest and most oppressed people in the world. In Canada, the sector generated $246 billion in 2014. How do they view their obligations, chose their priorities and interpret the impact of those choices? In February my book, Cap in Hand: How Charities Are Failing […]

And Away We Go: F1 on the Grid for New Season

Prologue  She was tall, thin and tarty And she drove a Maserati Faster than sound I was heaven bound – Rod Stewart, Italian Girls    Have you seen the new Alfa Romeo ad, the one for the Guila (pronounced Julia), that curvy little red rocket of joy whipping around what appears to the Italian countryside? […]

Why AFP needs to be kicked to the curb (and pronto)

If you recall, Wednesday March 8th was International Women’s Day. It was an odd mix this year. As Women’s March organizers were getting arrested in Washington D.C., a WTF attitude and a call to honour the good men in our lives emanated from other quarters. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) with world headquarters in […]

Charity mergers and “wealthy big-name donors”

Truthfully? The world of charities—a world I’ve inhabited for more than 25 years—is beginning to drive me a bit crazy. What are we supposed to think of charities, anyway? Are they a deer in the headlights responding like the proverbial damsel in distress to events beyond their control? Are they made up of scheming profiteers […]

Pink Daffodils or Yellow Ribbons? Questions around the merger of Canadian Cancer Society and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

The question of colour is one of many surrounding the merger of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF). For now, it seems to be hanging in the air alongside rumination around the appearance of next spring’s tulip. It’s out there, but no one’s really put it into words yet. […]

Christmas Music and the Soundtrack of Your Life

Everyone’s life has a soundtrack. It’s what you listen to when you’re gearing up to clean the house on a Saturday morning or go for a drive.  It’s the album you play when you’re walking to work, making out or doing the dishes. It’s the singing in church, chanting in prayer, drumming in celebration, tolling […]

Publisher uses up all author’s words re new book, Cap in Hand

 This morning finds Your Working Girl lost for words as the pre-order publicity unrolls for her new book Cap in Hand: How Charities are Failing the People of Canada and the World.  Her publisher appears to have used them all up.  So, for today only, I’m turning the floor over to him.  Please give it […]

New book baby is on the way!

Attention Gentlest of Blog Readers! My new book baby is on the way from Civil Sector Press! Received cover mock-ups from the publisher today. Pub date is January 20, 2017. Pre-order publicity starts December 12th. Don’t worry. I will definitely keep you posted when that business goes live.  Here’s a sneak peak at the cover. […]