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Tech

The Changes That Artificial Intelligence Will Bring to the Social Sector

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Why It Matters

When we speak about AI, we’re not talking about some far-off future. AI has already fully arrived both in Canada and around the world, and it is already impacting society — from the way we feed our families down to the way crisis line workers do their jobs. James Stauch and Alina Turner continue their series on AI and social impact.

3 Ways Technology is Accelerating Solutions for Homelessness

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In cities where the tech industry booms, homelessness and under-housing also tend to increase. Homelessness is already an issue that affects an estimated 235,000 Canadians each year. But according to three nonprofits, the same industry that’s contributing to these existing issues holds promise as an innovative way to build, design, and scale new solutions. 

Your Guide to Exponential Technologies

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Why It Matters

Exponential technologies aren’t just for growing business, they are also for growing impact—particularly with a digital-first generation. Here’s what’s essential to understand about exponential technologies in rapidly changing world of impact. 

Money

Why Cross-Sector Collaborations Keep Going Wrong (& How To Fix It)

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Foundations must work with other sectors to find solutions to the biggest issues facing us today. But collaboration is notoriously difficult. We explore some of the biggest risks, and how foundations can avoid them. This article is the second of a three-part series exploring the future of philanthropy in partnership with Philanthropic Foundations Canada.

Foundations open up about the benefits of cross-sector collaboration

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With societal challenges becoming increasingly complex, foundations are looking to play a more active role in social and environmental change. As more foundations move from traditional grant-making to cross-sector collaborations, here’s what they have to gain. This article is the first of a three-part series in partnership with Philanthropic Foundations Canada.

Three Ideas To Implement Canada's new Social Finance Fund

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The Government of Canada has proposed up to $755 million over the next ten years for a new Social Finance Fund to encourage innovative approaches to address complex social issues. This is poised to help resource a more just and sustainable economy. Yet, in order to create lasting impact, it must deploy the resources strategically.

Work

There’s a new toy to teach failure. Here’s how it works.

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Failure is typically not something organizations in the world of impact like to open up about. Twenty One Toys founder Ilana Ben-Ari tells us why teaching failure at the workplace can not only strengthen organizational culture, but help create lasting impact.

5 Ways to Avoid Burnout This Fall

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As families send children back to school and work ramps up for the fall season, many social impact professionals will dive into increased workloads — and risk burnout. To help sidestep work stress, The Burnout Project’s Leah Bae and Zoya Jiwa walk us through five ways to implement healthy work-life boundaries this fall.

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