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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…

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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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Relaxed Funding Approaches Provide Crucial Lifeline to Charities Grappling with the COVID-19 Pandemic

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.    From the depths of…

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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…