‘We can do much better’: Canada’s charitable advisory committee’s newest members on how they plan to transform the sector

The nine new Advisory Committee for the Charitable Sector members include frontline social service veterans, philanthropic leaders, and an Islamic studies professor

Why It Matters

Members of the Advisory Committee for the Charitable Sector have the ear of the federal government and can influence regulatory reform for Canada’s social impact sector.

The Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (ACCS) recently announced its second round of members to address the latest issues facing the charitable sector and qualified donees.

Out of 200 applicants who put their names forward in the spring of 2021, nine were chosen by Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier or Canada Revenue Agency Commissioner Bob Hamilton to sit on the ACCS. They’ll join six current ACCS members; terms are staggered terms of between two to three years to ensure the committee doesn’t turn over its entire membership all at once. Most of the April 2022 members have years – if not decades – of experience in philanthropy, frontline social service work, international development, charity law, or academia.

One of the few common threads within the new cohort, however, is a sense of optimism that the federal government is finally willing

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