Cap In Hand


Cap in Hand: How Charities Are Failing the People of Canada and the World

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For Cap in Hand, Gail has interviewed cancer researchers, hospital foundation chieftains, humanitarian aid veterans and sector observers, and used data from tax filings, charity audits, international reports and policy analysis to give us a full view of charity in Canada.

The results are startling.

Her research paints a picture of a Canadian sector that generates more money than the entire GDP of Pakistan. Yet, as the book shows, the charitable sector in Canada is rife with inequity, under no obligation to deal with the urgent problems our country faces and operates with very little scrutiny.

Drawing on more than 25 years of experience working with a broad range of charities, Gail has produced an insightful book that is essential reading for anyone who gives to charities, trying to make charity more impactful or concerned about the effect charity is having on the people who need its help the most.

Early Praise for Cap In Hand

" eloquent plea to establish a Canadian charitable sector that is “modern, problem-solving and dynamic” rather than the moribund, status quo-oriented, and tax-break-driven model that disappoints and disillusions all of us.”
— John English, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs

"In this courageous and timely book, Gail dares to challenge the charitable sector to dig deep and evaluate its objectives and measures of success."
— Denny Young, Program Coordinator and Professor, Fundraising Management Program, Humber College

“In her lively, witty style, Picco shows us how we do-gooders can demand better.”
— Tom Hawthorn, journalist and author

“A necessary book, a needed investigation."
— Bill Tieleman, West Star Communications

“I strongly recommend this book.”
— Chris Snyder, bestselling author, It's Your Money

“Smart and successful clients have listened to Gail’s advice for years. So should we all"
— Bob Penner, President & CEO, Strategic Communications Inc.

“This book is brave, searching and necessary. It comes at the right time, from the right place, for all the right reasons."
— Nicole Salmon, Boundless Philanthropy

Cap In Hand: How Charities are Failing the People of Canada and the World
ISBN 978-1-927375-41-9 Civil Sector Press 2016
250 pages soft cover / 6 x 8.25 in / 500 gr