Charities Have a Moral Obligation to Help Develop Public Policy
2016 has the potential to be a watershed year for the many Canadian charities whose work places them at the blurred boundary between government and civil society. As Joanne Cave (2016) recently noted on this website, in 2015 Canadians elected a federal government that has given public policy advocacy by charities a place of prominence on its agenda [...]

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Allan Northcott is Vice President of Max Bell Foundation.

The Moral Imperative for Policy Advocacy
Any executive director of a charity worth her salt can quickly rattle off reasons to avoid entering the political arena. If, however, she is asked to make the case for engagement, and particularly for policy advocacy, her response will (likely?)be more tepid. While Canada Revenue Agency guidelines for political activity provide a powerful, even intimidating voice for caution, encouraging voices for activism are more difficult to find [...]

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Dr. Roger Gibbins is Senior Fellow at the Max Bell Foundation

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