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


Disrupting Donations: UNICEF Accepts Cryptocurrency

Why It Matters

Currently, a handful of non-profits accept and disburse cryptocurrency. As UNICEF becomes the first United Nations agency to transact bitcoin, what will it mean for other non-profits? And as for the Canadian organizations ahead of the curve: how is digital currency already benefiting them and their stakeholders?

The Changes That Artificial Intelligence Will Bring to the Social Sector

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

Why It Matters

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. 


The Inside Journey of Benevity, the Platform Democratizing Corporate Giving

Why It Matters

Welcome to our series, Launch Plan, featuring deep dives into the founding stories, journeys, and decisions behind game-changing organizations and projects shaping the world of doing good. We’re continuing our series today with Bryan de Lottinville, founder and CEO of Benevity.


4 Critical Changes Foundations Must Make To Thrive

Why It Matters

To meet today’s challenges, philanthropic foundations need to fundamentally change how they work. We spoke to foundation leaders to find out exactly how to make that change happen, by promoting diversity, being more transparent, and more. This article is crafted in partnership with Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC).

Here's What You Missed From the 2019 Social Finance Forum

Why It Matters

In a world facing growing global challenges, what is the purpose of capital in driving social change? As a Digital Content Partner at the 2019 Social Finance Forum, we gained expert insights from over 600 leading investors, entrepreneurs, and financial professionals.


Inside TD’s new data program for nonprofits

Why It Matters

The capacity to analyze data is increasingly important for social mission organizations, to ensure decisions are made based on evidence and foresight. While much of the private sector has been using data analytics tools, with businesses racing to have the best metrics, we are now seeing more non-profits adopting these practices — and TD has launched a new program to accelerate adoption.

The Surprising Truth Behind Charity Rankings

Why It Matters

In theory, charity rankings hold organizations accountable, and can help donors identify which organizations are having the greatest impact, influencing where their dollars go. But what kind of criteria are these rankings using — and are there any unintended consequences?

How Youth Want You to Transform Non-Profit Governance

Why It Matters

In order to thrive in an aging population, Canadian non-profits need to identify youth leaders and recruit them onto their boards. Below, six young community-builders share precisely what non-profits are getting wrong — and how they can improve, from evolving directorship elections to considering board member compensation.

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Social Impact Real Estate

Real estate affects community outcomes. It affects all of us: individuals and families, companies and organizations, towns and cities. From daycares and soup kitchens to coworking spaces and community housing, it represents one of the largest investments of any household or organization, shapes how our communities are designed and built, and plays a large role in our local and national economy. This series dives into the world of social impact real estate in partnership with Windmill Developments and Urban Equation.

Youth Reshaping Governance

While Canadian youth aged 18-30 are actively involved in volunteering, youth representation on governance boards remains low. Drawing from more than 125 nominations from across the country, the list recognizes young leaders who are making a unique and significant contribution as non-profit board directors.

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