It’s Hard To Feel Sorry For A Neighbour Who Keeps Setting His Own House On Fire

The eyes of American lawmakers gazed miserably out from our screens yesterday as television networks provided wall-to-wall news coverage of another mass shooting. Fifty-nine dead and 527 injured this time, the largest body count ever. The response to the carnage? “Heroism,” according to news hosts from Anderson Cooper to Rachel Maddow. “It is tragedies like […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Latest Sick Kids Campaign Puts Fierce New Face on Acquiring New Donors

On October 14, 2016, the Globe and Mail published a story, New, flashy SickKids advertisement aimed at untapped donors. Where, I thought, as someone who has worked in the charitable sector for 25 years, could the untapped markets for the Sick Kids Foundation be hiding? If Torontonians were asked to name one charity, they would […]

Blue Jays playing Chief Wahoo for the ALCS

There’s a racist running for the White House. And we now know the Toronto Blue Jays will be playing the team with the most racist mascot in baseball, the team from Cleveland, for the ALCS title. How fucking great is that? When an entire country of baseball fans doesn’t even want to say your name? […]