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4 Tech for Good Startups That'll Help You Get Out of Debt

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A gap exists between financial health and literacy, with four in 10 Canadians reportedly struggling on some or all aspects of their finances. Yet, many hesitate to talk about their finances or seek advice, while 62 percent of Canadians are simply unaware of where or who to turn to even get that financial advice. Four Canadian tech for good startups are here to tackle this social challenge.

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

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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.

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Here's who received $2.5 million in McConnell Foundation's inaugural social finance accelerator

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Innovative financing programs are working to meet the growing demand for capital in Canadian social impact organizations. Releasing an initial commitment of $2.5 million, the McConnell Foundation is placing funds in the hands of some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial social finance leaders.

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What the first ever crowdfunding campaign for saving park land teaches us about the power of citizen movements

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The 2019 climate strikes were the largest climate demonstrations in global history, showing the world the power of citizen movements. Crowdfunding is helping these kinds of movements contribute one very important tool for impact — the money needed to make it happen.

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Here's how 3 Canadian tech companies are reinventing philanthropy

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The tech sector is one of the biggest drivers of new wealth in Canada. In this Member Exclusive series, we continue to unpack how tech companies are creating new types of structures to give back, beyond conventional foundations and programs — and why this trend is essential to understand to take advantage of an emerging tech philanthropy landscape.

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Three Companies Leading Corporate Community Engagement in Canada

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Today’s employees expect the businesses they work for to move beyond the traditional model of donation-based corporate giving. Three Canadian businesses – Deloitte Canada, TD Bank, and IG Wealth Management – are listening, and changing the way they give back.

How to empower: 10 young impact leaders’ best advice for employers

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The next generation of social impact leadership has arrived, and its members have fresh perspectives on work and organizational culture. To help employers keep up, we asked Future of Good's Young Impact Leaders for their very best piece of advice for employers looking to harness the innovation and energy young people have to offer.

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Modernizing the Charitable Sector: the Scoop on What You Can Expect in 2020

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For years, Canada’s charities have faced frustrations over the lack of communication with the federal government. In August 2019, the government formed the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (ACCS) to create ongoing dialogue with the sector. ACCS co-chairs give us invaluable insight into what to expect in 2020.

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Innovative Local Impact

The world of social impact is in the midst of rapid change driven by shifts in demographics, emerging technologies, and donor behaviour. How does Canada maximize on these opportunities? From growing community data, sharing community intelligence, innovative partnerships and disaster recovery, this series dives into local and sparking innovation in partnership with United Way Centraide Canada and highlights local initiatives across our nation with other local United Ways. We touch on the journey of these innovations, its scalability, and what actions are needed to sustain long-term growth and impact in our communities.

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.

Tech and Philanthropy

The tech industry is booming in Canada, and with industry growth comes new injection of philanthropic capital. In this series, we unpack how the tech sector is shaping a new philanthropic landscape, and why this emerging donor market is essential to understand.

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