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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The Philanthropist Interview: Janice Stein

This article is part of a new occasional series of interviews with a diverse range of Canadian thought-leaders, probing the challenges, risks and opportunities confronting the charitable/non-profit sector as it looks to rebuild and potentially re-position in response to the pandemic. In a video posted to the YouTube channel of the Munk School of Global…

The Philanthropist — Entrevue avec Janice Stein

Dans une vidéo publiée en juillet sur le canal YouTube de la Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Janice Stein dit vouloir déstabiliser ses étudiants et bouleverser leur façon d’envisager le processus de prise de décision. Dans notre questionnaire sur la reprise après la COVID-19, elle demande la même chose au secteur de…

The Philanthropist — Entrevue avec la sénatrice Ratna Omidvar

The Philanthropist Journal commence aujourd’hui une nouvelle série occasionnelle : une série d’entrevues avec un éventail de Canadiennes et de Canadiens qui sont des leaders d’opinion, afin d’examiner les défis, les risques et les possibilités auquel le secteur à but non lucratif et de bienfaisance est confronté alors qu’il cherche à effectuer sa relance et potentiellement…

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The Philanthropist Interview: Senator Ratna Omidvar

The Philanthropist Journal today begins a new occasional series – a series of interviews with a diverse range of Canadian thought-leaders, probing the challenges, risks and opportunities confronting the charitable/non-profit sector as it looks to rebuild and potentially re-position in response to the pandemic. The first instalment features Senator Ratna Omidvar, a veteran of the Canadian…

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Is Social Innovation a Useful Tool in a Crisis? Lessons From COVID-19

This is the final installment in our series about social innovation. The series is published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist and McConnell Foundation. As we were striving to understand how the United Way-Centraide (UWC) movement has leveraged social innovation methods and tools to achieve more impact, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus quickly became the most significant global…

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De l’utilité de l’innovation sociale en temps de crise – Les leçons de la COVID-19

Alors que nous travaillions à comprendre comment le mouvement Centraide-United Way Canada (CUWC) avait amplifié son impact grâce à des méthodes et à des outils d’innovation sociale, la flambée du nouveau coronavirus a rapidement provoqué la plus importante pandémie depuis plus d’un siècle. Au Canada, les contrecoups sanitaires et financiers de la crise ont souligné…

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Nowhere to Go: Advocates Hope COVID-19 Will Force Governments to Finally Address Canada’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Earlier this spring, as Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood eased towards reopening after the COVID-19 lockdown, a local non-profit and a group of private donors banded together to purchase a $7.2 million rooming house with 38 affordable rental units. It’s the third property acquired by the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) over a six-month period in the tenant-dominated…