Back to School in a Pandemic: COVID-19 Left Educators, Parents, and Students Frustrated and Forced to Innovate Throughout the Fall of 2020

For the past decade, Right To Play’s Promoting Life Skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program, which is led by youth mentors, has been working with Indigenous communities to help youth build leadership skills, resilience, and physical and mental health. I work at Right To Play and, since COVID hit, I’ve watched as program managers and…

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Sector News Digest – November 3, 2020

This week: Indigenous housing, the economic plight of single people in Canada, and mentorship for Black youth and young adults. Are singles Canada’s forgotten poor? Investments in progressive, universal income policies like the Canada Child Benefit and the GIS top-up for seniors have lifted thousands of Canadians above the poverty line. But a new Policy…

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Sector News Digest – September 22, 2020

This week: WE fallout, charities and trust issues, new or increased funding from CanadaHelps and Chagnon, and a big win against SLAPP suits. WE fallout On September 9, founders Craig and Marc Kielburger announced that WE Charity would cease operations in Canada and that they would step down from the global organization they started in 1995….

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Sector News Digest: August 11, 2020

This week: The Ontario government and others sever ties with WE, new report predicts dire future for Canada’s faith buildings and the Canadian Black Policy Network launches. Week three of the #WEScandal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his chief of staff, Katie Telford, appeared before the House of Commons finance committee on July 30. Both…

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Granting During the Pandemic: Foundations Face Increasing Calls to Increase Their Expenditures to Assist Struggling Charities

March 20 was the day the team at MakeWay (then called Tides Canada) mobilized. The Vancouver-headquartered public foundation had been reaching out to its community partners, many of which are in remote and northern communities. “People were just terrified,” says executive director Joanna Kerr. “[They said] they needed core funding. They needed it to be…

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Sector News Digest: June 30, 2020

In this week’s News Digest: calls for more diversity, WE controversy, the international response to COVID-19, and more. Addressing the lack of diversity in the sector In an open letter released June 20, Senator Ratna Omidvar urged government, charitable, and non-profit leaders to take action to increase diversity in the philanthropic sector. The first step:…

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Sector News Digest: May 19, 2020

In this week’s Special News Digest: more data on the pandemic’s impact, foundations step up, and the roller-coaster policy response. New national, regional, and rural survey data Imagine Canada’s Charities & the COVID-19 Pandemic Sector Monitor report contains much-anticipated data on how the pandemic has affected the charitable sector. According to the survey, 35% of…

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Sector News Digest — April 7, 2020

Editor’s note: A lot has happened in the past two weeks. In addition to our continuing in-depth coverage of how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting charities and the non-profit sector, we’re also shifting the focus of our biweekly digest to the pandemic so we can provide you with the latest responses and resources. Non-profits eligible…

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Sector News Digest — March 24, 2020

Editor’s note: The charitable sector is responding rapidly to the expanding impact of the pandemic, in terms of outreach, operations, and advocacy. In the coming weeks, The Philanthropist will provide up-to-date coverage, as well as our usual reporting and commentary on other news of relevance to foundations, charities, and non-profits. Charities respond to COVID-19 In…

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Sector News Digest — January 28, 2020

Delays persist with Ontario non-profit reform. Revelations about the release of federal funding for social finance. And the growing importance of employee-driven philanthropy. Continued delays on Ontario non-profit reforms The Ontario Nonprofit Network reports that the provincial government has once again delayed the proclamation of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA). The reason? Technical issues….