Susan Phillips is Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, and founder and director of its Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. She is also Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the leading international journal focusing on nonprofits, philanthropy and civil society.
Reinventing Canada’s Nonprofit Sector post-COVID-19
Canada’s nonprofit sector is being transformed by COVID-19: its future will entail reinvention, not just recovery. Obvious changes involve new financing models and service redesign with greater use of technology. The reassertion of place – doing, buying and giving locally – will need to be reconciled with support for global causes and capacity for collective, cross-sector action. Public and civic trust have been both strengthened and diminished by the crisis. Historic policy neglect of the nonprofit sector will need to be replaced with genuine partnerships with governments. This presentation explores this reinvention, and how scholarship can support it.