Your 12-Step Guide to Addressing Charity Challenges

The Canadian Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector heard presentations this week. A lot was put forward, a significant amount of that having to do with fundraising, less so on how charities can have a more lasting impact. I don’t mind admitting that I wasn’t invited to appear and I confess to not knowing […]

Will Charities Face a Day of Reckoning?

I A story about widespread sexual misconduct broke in the U.K. last week. This time it involved Oxfam, one of the world’s most respected international aid charities. According to The Guardian, the Charities Commission, the U.K. government’s charity watch dog, has asked for “an urgent clarification from Oxfam after allegations that the charity covered up […]

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 […]

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 […]

At ease: Ryan Adams makes it cool to like Taylor Swift now

Indie songwriter, Ryan Adams, has “re-imagined” Taylor Swift’s entire last album, 1989, and now has seven tracks on Billboard Hot Rock Tracks, all Taylor Swift material. He has landed on the chart only three times in his entire 20-year career. Oh, by the way, he’s a big fan. Arthouse music critics are hopping on board […]

Officially on the Night Sweats Band Wagon

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats are storming across the U.S. playing a tour of soaring soulful– and in the charge of some other group, possibly tired–Americana. But give them a listen and, as Jimmy Fallon encouraged when he introduced the band on its premiere U.S. TV appearance on his show, “turn it up.”   It’ll get you up […]

Attention F1 Fans—Paddock Gossip Alert!!

Not having had a podium finish all year, Red Bull Team Principal, Christian Horner, has defined his team’s season thus far with his non-stop whinging about the inferiority of the Renault engine. It culminated with him saying after the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday that, because of Renault, the 2015 season was a “write-off” for […]

Why food drives are a terrible idea

I was at Loblaws in Toronto today—the massive Loblaws in the former Maple Leaf Gardens which has a red dot commemorating centre ice in aisle 25—and saw the biggest food bank food drop-off bin I’d ever seen it my life. The bin was there so people could throw food bank food, presumably food bank food […]

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