Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Philanthropist Moves to Open Access

The Philanthropist is currently in the process of moving fully into the online environment – saving some trees in the process – and providing open access to all readers, thereby increasing our reach to the philanthropic community. In making the move to what they call the “toll-free” online environment, made possible by our financial supporters, The Philanthropist will offer free and open access not only to our archive of back issues but also to new articles as they are published. Access will be through a redesigned version of this website and it will include the opportunity for you to be informed of new content as it is posted. If you haven’t already, bookmark now and spread the word about our open accessibility to your colleagues. Also, please let us know if you would like to be notified of new content as it is posted. An email to our incoming Managing Editor, Marilyn Bittman at would do the trick.

In the coming months we will be working with CCSP Press, the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing Press at Simon Fraser University, to redesign and add functionality to our website. Once it is in place, CCSP Press will be managing The Philanthropist for us.

Our aim is to address the needs and preferences of our readers thus please provide us with your needs and opinions of our site as it unfolds. Our projected launch date is May 1, 2009. We look forward to this new worldwide platform of open access to The Philanthropist's articles.

Don Bourgeois, Editor
The Philanthropist

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Graduate Student Research Funding

The Institute for Nonprofit Studies of Mount Royal College will be awarding grants to graduate students for the 2009-2010 academic year. Individual research awards will be made up to a maximum of $2,500. A total maximum of $7,500 will be available for applied research pertaining to the Institute's three research priorities - governance, sustainability and policy. Interested graduate students who will be conducting research during the 2009-2010 academic year are invited to send a one-page letter of intent to Peter Elson at the Institute for Nonprofit Studies. The one page letter of intent must be received before April 17, 2009. Further details concerning the letter of intent and the overall funding priorities for the 2009-2010 Research Program for 2009 - 2010 are available on the Institute web site (see link below). A full application will be due by May 15th. Application details will be sent to those students who submit a letter of intent.

For more information, go to:

Tuesday, March 03, 2009


Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,
University of Toronto (OISE/UT)
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
St. George subway station
Room 5-280

*Debbie Field, Food Share
*Michael Oliphant, Daily Bread Food Bank
*Lori Stahlbrand, Local Food Plus

With world hunger growing, there is a need to look at the ways governments and communities can work together to ensure sustainable and affordable access to food - for everyone.

Debbie Field (Food Share) will explore a variety of food security options.

Michael Oliphant (Daily Bread Food Bank) will speak to the efforts the Daily Bread Food Bank has made to address the underlying causes of hunger and poverty through public policy and political advocacy.

Lori Stahlbrand (Local Food Plus) will discuss how growing local sustainable food systems which preserve agriculturals land and ensure that farmers can make a decent livign, is key to food security.

Bring your lunch and mug. Water, coffee and tea will be provided. For more information, contact Lisa White at the project office at: (416) 978-0022 or

The event will be broadcast live at the time of the event and we will accept email questions from remote participants. Click here for instructions and to view the webcast.