How Canada’s non-profits are supporting the vaccination rollout

As troubling reports surfaced last year outlining the disproportionately high positivity rates of COVID-19 in racialized communities, Toronto-based resident doctor Vivek Govardhanam and some of his colleagues noticed a concerning trend: the information broadcast by public health units and governments wasn’t always reaching the most vulnerable people. He was thinking specifically of first-generation Canadians and…

Calgary Arts Development’s “hospice” grant means orgs facing hard decisions don’t have to walk alone – and don’t exit uncelebrated

When Kyle Russell, interim director of Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP), hears on the radio that the Alberta government is banning all gatherings of 250 people or more, he’s on his way to Walmart in search of hand sanitizer. The entire front-of-house staff is scouring Calgary for the elusive product – a quest shared by millions…

Solutions Journalism: Paths Forward, a guidebook for navigating restructuring and closure, lets orgs know they’re not alone in financially troubled times

This is the first of an ongoing “Solutions Journalism” series. Its goal is to provide practical, informative, and expert resources and tools in concise, approachable articles, in response to feedback from readers and our editorial advisory committee about what they feel is relevant and timely. *** When the 162-year-old Yarmouth YMCA closed its doors for…

Illustration of people climbing different mountains and stairs upwards.

Measured progress: A new National Scorecard provides the framework for smart and inclusive long-term growth for Canada

This is the third and final article in a series published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist and Century Initiative.   *** The COVID-19 pandemic has affirmed an adage often attributed to management guru Peter Drucker: “What gets measured gets managed.” The latest COVID-19 case numbers and vaccination rates are not just frequent topics of discussion –…

Book cover of Philanthropy: from Aristotle to Zuckerberg.

Book Review: Philanthropy: From Aristotle to Zuckerberg

Philanthropy: From Aristotle to Zuckerberg, by Paul Vallely. Bloomsbury Publishing, London; 2020; 756 pp. ISBN HB 978-1-4729-2012-6 If you have been looking for a comprehensive history of the concept and practice of Western philanthropy, you have it now in the form of this lengthy but very readable book by Paul Vallely, a British writer and…

News Digest

Sector News Digest – March 23, 2020

This week: responses to anti-Asian hate crimes and the lack of giving to Black-led organizations, CanadaHelps hits a milestone, more drama from the WE saga, and the dearth of digital philanthropy. Responding to anti-Asian racism and the Atlanta shootings The Toronto chapter of the Chinese Canadian National Council and Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers…

Canada’s non-profit sector needs to fund digital projects: CIRA

A report published in October found that digital development in Canada is not prioritized by the charitable sector, leaving projects such as rural broadband access and digital literacy “underfunded, piecemeal, ad hoc and unorganized.” The study, titled Unconnected: Funding Shortfalls, Policy Imbalances and How They Are Contributing to Canada’s Digital Underdevelopment, was produced by the…