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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…

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Art, After Virus: Seven Questions for a Sector on the Edge

A little more than a year ago, the Metcalf Foundation collaborated with The Philanthropist to curate a series on the public value of arts and culture in Canada. At that time, we were keen to highlight artists’ voices and illuminate the potency and variety of the arts’ contributions to Canada. As long-time cultural funders, we…

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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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The COVID-19 Crisis Presents an Opportunity for Canada’s Charitable Sector to Disrupt the Status Quo: Sector Leaders

As Canada’s charities continue to respond to a severe pandemic-related financial beating, they are also confronting serious questions about their business models, their lack of crisis preparation, and their need for an effective collective voice. Sector leaders, as well as those delivering front line services, see the need for big changes ahead, especially in the…

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D’après des leaders du secteur caritatif canadien, la crise de la COVID-19 offre au secteur une chance de mettre fin au statu quo

Alors que les organismes de bienfaisance canadiens continuent de faire face à de graves problèmes financiers liés à la pandémie, ils sont aussi confrontés à de sérieuses questions au sujet de leurs modèles d’affaires, de leur manque de préparation à la crise, et de leur besoin de s’unir pour lancer des messages efficaces. Des leaders…

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Virus That “Knows No Borders” Sees Canadian Aid Groups Responding Both Locally and Globally as Financial and Humanitarian Pressures Mount

Canadian non-profit staff who work with vulnerable communities around the world are urging the federal government to maintain international development and humanitarian aid and establish a stabilization fund to help them remain afloat during the crisis. Aid groups say Ottawa’s commitment to international aid is also the right thing to do in response to a…

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Des groupes d’aide canadiens interviennent au pays et à l’étranger alors que s’intensifient les pressions financières et humanitaires liées au virus qui « ne connaît pas de frontières »

Le personnel des OSBL canadiens œuvrant à travers le monde auprès des communautés vulnérables presse le gouvernement fédéral de maintenir l’aide internationale humanitaire et au développement, et d’instaurer un fonds de stabilisation pour que ces OSBL puissent traverser la crise. Des groupes d’aide soutiennent que l’engagement d’Ottawa envers l’aide internationale est un devoir face à…

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Lorsque les revenus de placements reculent : Les fondations et les gestionnaires de portefeuille traversent un nouveau genre de crise des marchés

Guider les fondations aux prises avec les catastrophes que subissent les marchés, il n’y a là rien de nouveau pour Michael Quigley. Il a commencé à gérer son premier portefeuille de fonds de dotation en août 1997 — deux mois avant le crash des marchés boursiers de cette année-là. Puis ce fut la longue crise financière…