NPQ North: Journalism & Social Finance in Canada’s Budget Cause Controversy

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Huge announcement! Nonprofit Quarterly has taken the next step with me to put a bit of a brand on my contributions about Canadian nonprofit news! Here’s the announcement from the top of my latest article – but please read and use the share buttons on the article to help demonstrate that Canadians want their own dedicated source of NPQ news about our charitable sector!

Keenan Wellar is NPQ’s new point correspondent for Canada’s civil sector. He’ll be penning a periodic column called NPQ North to focus on trends and events above the border. Today, Keenan takes on the debates that have emerged around a new structure proposed for journalism organizations—one neither nonprofit nor for-profit.


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Tip of the cap to my Order of Canada father

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I’ve fallen way behind on keeping my “Keenan Speaks” site updated, probably because any “extra time” I have goes to my new role with Nonprofit Quarterly, mainly contributing weekly newswires.  I have continued my regular appearances on the 1310 News Power Lunch (about once a month) and on March 22 had a bit of fun discussing the issue of “new bridges” for Ottawa. I had mentioned to host Mark Sutcliffe that my father Barry Wellar had recently received the Order of Canada, and he brought this up in the context of this topic, so I channeled dad a bit in this segment that ends with a Barry-style zinger!

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Turning Feminist Progress into Lasting Change: Trudeau’s Score in 8 Policy Areas

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Canada’s Poverty Reduction Results: Policy-Driven or Economy-Driven? — Keenan Wellar on Nonprofit Quarterly

I asked and received! My editors at Nonprofit Quarterly were enthusiastic in responding to my request for contributing some Canadian content! Please check out today’s newswire about Canada’s poverty reduction strategy. What do you think – what’s your answer to the question in my blog title?

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The Structured Inclusiveness of #RedforEd: A Union Strategy with Staying Power

My last NPQ newswire in February. and it’s an interesting one!

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For my last Nonprofit Quarterly newswire of February, I take a look at how the #REDforED movement has become more inclusive and more focused on social justice issue, part of the explanation of why it is expanding and attracting many new partners for issues of racial injustice, economic equality, and more. There is much more going on here than a “teacher strike” and it just keeps growing!

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Addressing a 2019 Problem: Middle Class, No Housing


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti described homelessness as the “the greatest moral and humanitarian crisis of our time.” Los Angeles may be at the epicenter of the homelessness wave—the area has experienced a 75 percent growth in homelessness over the past seven years and has the highest rate of unsheltered people in the country—but this is a nationwide problem, and a growing one.

Check out my latest NPQ contribution where we examine the use of a land trust model to deliver affordable housing through a public-private-nonprofit partnership!

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Back in Action with Nonprofit Quarterly

One of my resolutions kept in 2018 was to start contributing as a write to the nonprofit community – mission accomplished with NPQ!

Keenan Wellar on Nonprofit Quarterly

I took some time off over December-January, and that included an interruption in my newswire writing with NPQ. I am getting back on the keys this week, and you’ll hopefully see a new article from me in the coming days. In the meantime, I am also catching up on my own reading, and came across this post by the editors back in January:


I am pleased to announce that one of my contributions made the list!


While I am thrilled to make this prestigious list, I am not surprised that this particular article represented some of my best writing, because the fair treatment of nonprofit organizations, their volunteers, and staff is something that I care deeply about. I expect I will return to this theme at some point in 2019 should the opportunity arise! Meantime, please check out the full list of top articles, including my own contribution!


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