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Final Report on Call To Arms Consultation on the Future of Policy Advocacy by Charities in Canada

On May 10-11 2016, 73 invited participants assembled in Calgary to discuss and debate the appropriate roles for Canadian charities in the development of public policy.

The final report on that consultation is available here.

2015 Annual Report

Max Bell Foundation's 2015 Annual Report is available here.

A New President for Max Bell Foundation

Calgary, AB  16th May, 2016

“I am pleased to announce that Allan Northcott will succeed David Elton as President when he retires on December 31, 2016,” Carolyn Hursh, Chair of Max Bell Foundation, announced today.

Allan joined Max Bell Foundation in 1998 as a Program Officer responsible for working with grant recipients in health care, education, and environment. He became Secretary of the investment committee in 2007, and in 2008 became the Director of the Foundation’s Public Policy Training Institute. Allan was appointed Vice President in late 2012. Read more »

Max Bell Foundation welcomes new Program Officer - Margaret Herriman

We are pleased to announce that Margaret Herriman has joined Max Bell Foundation in the capacity of Program Officer. Margaret's responsibilities will include helping to ensure the relevance and positive impacts of the Foundation's granting programs. Read more »

Dr. Paul Boothe joins Max Bell Foundation Board of Directors

Max Bell Foundation is delighted to announce that Paul Boothe has joined our Board of Directors. Dr. Boothe is currently Professor and Director of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management at the Ivey Business School, Western University.

Dr. Boothe was trained in economics at Western (Hons BA) and UBC (PhD). He was appointed to the faculty of the University of Alberta in 1984. He has authored more than 70 publications in the areas of macroeconomics, international finance, debt management and public finance.
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Is there a moral imperative for charities to engage in policy advocacy?

Max Bell Foundation Senior Fellow Dr. Roger Gibbins today published the first of three articles in The Philanthropist about the roles of charities in public policy development. In this article, he makes the case that charities have a moral obligation to do policy advocacy. The series is introduced by Allan Northcott.

Find the articles here.

Minister Lebouthillier announces winding down of the political activities audit program for charities

January 20, 2016   Ottawa, Ontario  Canada Revenue AgencyThe Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue, today announced the winding down of the review by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) of registered charities’ political activities. Read more »

JOB POSTING: Max Bell Foundation is recruiting a Program Officer (Accepting Applications Until January 30, 2016)


Max Bell Foundation is seeking a Program Officer who will play a critical role in advancing the Foundation’s impact.  

Max Bell Foundation, located in Calgary, is an endowed private philanthropic foundation established in 1972.  The Foundation funds charitable initiatives across Canada with a focus on public policy development in the areas of health & wellness, education, and environment. Read more »

Max Bell Foundation President Dr. David Elton makes the case for Foundations supporting public policy advocacy (video)

At the Philanthropic Foundations Canada 2015 Toronto Symposium, David Elton shares case studies on successful policy advocacy efforts.


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Max Bell Foundation Senior Fellow Roger Gibbins makes the case for charities engaging in policy advocacy (video)

Philanthropic FoundationsCanada's Opening Panel Conversation for its 2015 Toronto Symposium features Roger Gibbins, Senior Fellow at the Max Bell Foundation and Alex Himelfarb, Chair of the World Wildlife Federation and Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and moderated by Graham Fox, President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy.


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