Shifting Alliances: The Trajectory of the Chagnon Foundation and Its Relations with the State and Community Sector in Quebec
Keywords:Quebec, community organization, foundation, public-philanthropic partnerships
Since the 1960s, the community sector in Quebec has generally been regarded as operating in a dynamic wherein it has only one counterpart, the state. Over the past ten years, however, a third actor has joined the equation: philanthropic foundations. This new dynamic has given rise to formal partnerships between the government and the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation. These partnership agreements have rekindled some of the tension surrounding the community sector’s claim to autonomy. Moreover, at a time of fiscal austerity, foundations are also questioning the decline of the welfare state. This article offers a case study of the trajectory of one of Canada's largest foundations, the Chagnon Foundation, in order to highlight the changing relationships and the debates around the respective roles of the state, philanthropic foundations and community organizations.
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