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…

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Sector News Digest – March 9, 2021

This week: IWD in the time of COVID, the WE controversy resurfaces, a more equitable approach to the vaccine rollout, and the sector’s asks in the federal budget. “Choose to challenge” on IWD Last International Women’s Day, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) tweeted that the world had reached a milestone of 100,000…

Northern light: The Arctic Inspiration Prize invites southerners to shift their gaze northward – with a few conditions

A polar vortex settles over the Northwest Territories (NWT), and by one o’clock in the afternoon, the mercury dips to minus 50 degrees Celsius. Glen Abernethy, former MLA for the Great Slave riding and current NWT region manager for the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP), worries about his connection. “I’m at a cabin 35 kilometres outside…

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Sector News Digest – January 26, 2021

This week: record-breaking online giving; the pandemic and economic racism; vaccination for Indigenous communities; and the sector’s kudos for the new U.S. president. Giving it up for 2020 Despite a grim economy and much hardship for many non-profits, online giving turned out to be a bright spot in a tough year. CanadaHelps reports that Canadians…

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Sector News Digest – December 1, 2020

This week: New ideas for corporate community investment, a seat at the cabinet table, Giving Tuesday news and the case for non-profit mergers. Wake-up call A new study by Imagine Canada – Wake Up Call: Navigating New Pathways for Corporate Community Investment in Canada – outlines 10 trends identified by leaders in the non-profit world…

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Sector News Digest – October 6, 2020

In this week’s News Digest: Ontario non-profit reforms still alive, rural Canada’s moment, and calls for better ESG reporting. Reforming Ontario’s non-profit laws Ontario MPPs have voted to save the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) from an automatic repeal, with a new expiry date of December 2021. In the session’s transcript, Lisa Thompson, Minister of…

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Sector News Digest: August 25, 2020

This week: Freeland’s to-do list, recovery ideas from Alberta’s non-profits, pandemic fallout for Indigenous artists, and making summer fundraisers work despite social distancing  Charity reform and the new finance minister Senator Ratna Omidvar, who co-chaired the Red Chamber’s committee on charitable reform, is calling on the new Liberal finance minister to move quickly on long-sought…

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Sector News Digest: July 14, 2020

In this week’s News Digest: the widening WE-troversy, Atlantic Canada collaborations, new granting opportunities for Black-led groups, and COVID-related layoffs at Imagine Canada From WE to heat The steadily expanding controversy surrounding WE Charity and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows no sign of slowing. With Trudeau now admitting he did not recuse himself from a…

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News Digest: June 2, 2020

In this week’s News Digest: more data on COVID-related revenue erosion, a focus on equitable stimulus, and pro-bono consulting for arts groups. Plunging revenue, plunging morale According to a new Imagine Canada report that compares the COVID-19 crisis to the 2008/09 recession, revenue losses are significantly higher for charities and non-profits this time. In 2008/09,…