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…

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…

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

“Flexibility, Collaboration & Engagement:” Six Charities Navigate the Perks and Pitfalls of Non-Profit Work in a Pandemic

With COVID-19 prompting dramatic change across Canada’s charitable sector, stories of layoffs, cancelled fundraisers, and virtual meetings have become commonplace. Individual organizations are handling the crisis differently and, especially in recent weeks, many are finding new ways to circumvent pandemic-related obstacles and continue to provide needed services. From non-profits serving vulnerable communities in some of…

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

Alberta Charities are Relying on Collaboration and Innovation to Meet the Challenges Presented by COVID-19

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. Read more of our COVID-19 coverage.  It’s an Alberta story that…

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

Charities Unite to Request Support and Collaboration as COVID-19 Crisis Leads to Increased Need and New Operational Risks

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.     Canada’s charitable sector has always stepped up in times of crisis, but the coronavirus pandemic…

The Sweetness of Summer Berries: My Personal Journey to Learn About Decolonizing Philanthropy and True Reconciliation

This article is the third in a renewed collaboration between The Philanthropist and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. The goal is to highlight Indigenous philanthropy and share Indigenous perspective and wisdom on reciprocity as well as Indigenous-focused work happening in the philanthropic community.  There is no workbook on how to decolonize philanthropy. There is…

Illustration by Paul Dotey

Leaning into Funder Collaboration at the 2019 CEGN Conference

It was a big number or, more precisely, a yawning gap. In 2010, parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a 10-year strategic plan with 20 targets, one of which called on signatories to protect at least 17% of all terrestrial areas and inland waterways, as well as 10% of marine areas, within…

Changing the Narrative: Policymaking By and For the North

In December 2016, following the United States-Canada Joint Arctic Leaders’ meeting, the Government of Canada announced that it would replace Canada’s Northern Strategy: Our North, Our Heritage, Our Future with a new Arctic Policy Framework. In a statement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “Canada is committing to co-develop a new Arctic Policy Framework, with Northerners,…