Muttart Foundation Publishes Comprehensive Resource Book for Charities and Not-for-profits 
May 2021 Charity & NFP Law Update
Published on May 27, 2021

By Terrance S. Carter


The Muttart Foundation has provided the charitable and non-profit sector in Canada with a tome of valuable information. Published on May 12, 2021, Intersections and Innovations: Change for Canada’s Voluntary and Nonprofit Sector (the “Book”) is a loose-leaf textbook edited by Prof. Susan D. Phillips of Carleton University and Bob Wyatt, Executive Director of The Muttart Foundation. The Book is composed of 36 chapters — each a separate essay — by 52 respected academic and sector authors on a variety of topics of interest to the charitable and non-profit sector. Topics as diverse as “The Regulation of Charities in Canada”, “The Evolution of the Legal Meaning of Charity”, “New Technologies and Fundraising”, “Human Resource Management in the Canadian Nonprofit Sector”, “Indigenous Peoples, Communities and the Canadian Charitable Sector”, and “Impact Investing in Canada” are just a handful of the chapters available in the Book’s more than 600 pages. The entire Book is published under a Creative Commons licence and has been made available for free, non-commercial use by The Muttart Foundation.

The publication of the Book is another effort to “build the capacity of charities” in Canada, according to mission statement of The Muttart Foundation, which was incorporated in Alberta in 1953 as a private charitable foundation, and has been focusing on research and support for the charitable sector for decades. The authors of the 36 essays in the Book “bring different perspectives on the role and inner workings of Canada’s charities,” The Muttart Foundation states. The Book is dedicated to “all of those in, or interested in, Canada’s charitable sector.” Organizations within the charitable sector have lauded the Book as the “first, comprehensive book about our country’s sector,” according to Carleton University, and “an unprecedented insight into the work of organizations whose diversity is exceeded only by their desire to serve,” according to Charity Village. The Ontario Nonprofit Network has similarly reported that the Book “is a comprehensive resource examining Canada’s nonprofit and charitable sector.” The Book is clearly a major milestone for academic research of, and practical application for, the charitable and non-profit sector in Canada for years to come.



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