Covering stories, innovations, and trends shaping social impact in Canada

Special Reports

Biden 2021: The new President’s influence on Canadian social impact

Featuring insights on these and more topics, this special report gets to the heart of what Canadian social impact professionals, funders and entrepreneurs should expect from at least four years of President Joe Biden.

Canada's SDG Strategy: What Now?

How are the SDGs and rebuilding the social impact sector interconnected? What will it take to fulfill Canada’s commitment to the SDGs within a post-COVID reality? How will we know when we make progress? Who’s at the decision-making tables on SDG strategy? Who’s pushing for action and change from the grassroots?

Canada's Social Finance Fund: What Now?

Two years ago, the Government of Canada announced the Social Finance Fund, $755 million over 10 years, meant to power innovative approaches to our country’s persistent and complex social challenges. Enter: a global pandemic, and a moment of introspection, responsibility, and opportunity for the fund. What now? This is a members-only special report.

Featured Collections

Anti-racist social impact

2020 changed the mainstream conversation on systemic racism. While BIPOC activists and professionals have been working to decolonize and make anti-racist social impact work for many, many years, some organizations finally began to listen last year. This collection catches you up on our coverage of anti-racist work making the social impact sector better.

Justice-oriented approaches

COVID-19 pushed many of us to take a deeper look at the systemic reasons vulnerable communities were hit hardest. For social impact organizations, it’s prompting a movement toward putting justice at the centre of what they do. This collection fills you in on what that means and how you can join.

Tech

Money

Work

Social impact professionals are stressed out. Here’s how funders can help.

Why It Matters

The challenges of the pandemic are threatening the well-being of workers in the social impact sector — just when communities need them the most. Funders and grantees say to prevent a burnout crisis across the sector, building trust between them is more important than ever.

Social impact organizations sent their staff home a year ago. Here’s what they’ve learned about remote work so far.

Why It Matters

Roughly two-thirds of Canadian charities alone implemented some form of remote work policy in 2020. Effectively running an organization remotely is complicated, and analysis by workplace experts suggests the practice could become more popular in years to come.

New Economy

Talks

Inclusion

The social innovation ecosystem still doesn’t understand Indigenous innovation. This project is working to close the gap.

Why It Matters

The rate of new businesses in Indigenous communities is growing at five times the rate of non-Indigenous entrepreneurship. The size of the Indigenous business economy is expected to grow from $30 billion to $100 billion by 2025. If impact investors want in, they need a much deeper understanding of what makes up Indigenous innovation.

Indigenous communities were excluded from drafting Canada’s latest climate plans, report finds — here’s what social impact organizations can learn

Why It Matters

Indigenous communities play an important role in Canada’s climate policy. Without their meaningful participation in climate action by governments and the social impact sector, Indigenous leaders cannot bring their ideas to bear on a crisis that disproportionately affects them.

Sponsored

Online programming might not be accessible to everyone. This organization cracked the code.

Why It Matters

During the pandemic many non-profits have shifted their programming online, but without considering accessibility and accommodations, some of these programs have excluded some individuals from participating in virtual programming.