June 4, 2021

Last Updated

September 27, 2023


The Muttart Foundation, Carleton University, Imagine Canada

Practice Area

Intersections and Innovations

Susan D. Phillips and Christopher Dougherty, Carleton University

Susan Phillips is professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, and director of its Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) – Canada’s only graduate program in this field. She serves as editor-in-chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the leading international journal on nonprofits, philanthropy, and civil society, and is an associate of the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy and Public Good, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Susan’s research focuses on place-based philanthropy and public policy/regulation of charities and nonprofits. She is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy (Routledge, 2016) and is currently co-editing a book on disaster philanthropy and leading a study team exploring the question “What makes some charities more resilient than others?” Her work in advancing research in nonprofit studies has been recognized by a Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER) and in public management from the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA).

Christopher Dougherty is a PhD student in public policy at Carleton University, is a graduate of the MPNL program at Carleton, and is certified in Volunteer Administration. He has worked and volunteered in the charitable sector for 14 years, including as a volunteer peer reviewer for the Imagine Canada Standards Program. Current research projects focus on management practices in and between charities, including self-regulation, fundraising, and ties between charities and other sectors.

Cathy Barr, Imagine Canada

Cathy Barr is vice-president of research and strategic relationships at Imagine Canada. Previously, she was responsible for the creation and development of Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. Her research interests include the history of Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector; the nature, evolution, and drivers of public opinion about charities and nonprofits; the determinants and measurement of organizational impact and success; and the relationship between the nonprofit sector and government.