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Special Reports

Everyone's Problem: Climate Change and the Social Sector

Climate change is your problem. It’s everyone’s problem. Climate change is not simply an ecological crisis. It has vast implications for human wellbeing, and therefore requires the attention of all social purpose organizations — including and beyond environmental NGOs.

The Future of Gatherings

Featuring data stories, analysis, commentary, and interviews, this special report takes an in-depth look at the changing nature of gatherings in the social impact world at a time of physical distancing. It shines a light on job changes, accessibility, and what we can learn from promising practices so far.

Featured Collections

The great digital transition

The social impact world has very quickly moved online — smoothly in some cases, clumsily in others. What are the challenges through this rapid digital transition? What are the advantages of digital over analog? From service and program delivery to internal work, this collection catches you up on some of the growing pains and opportunities the sector faces as it continues to move online.

Toward zero hunger

Food insecurity is at a high right now. As part of the economic fallout of the pandemic, Oxfam predicts that more people could die of hunger than COVID-19 itself. At the same time, the world of social impact is recognizing, more and more, the role food security plays in overall equity and community wellbeing — for instance, the World Food Program recently won the Nobel Peace Prize, in a monumental recognition of how food security contributes to peaceful societies.

Tech

Money

Work

4 young social impact leaders open up about how they manage mental wellness

Why It Matters

A sector-wide mental health crisis is looming. Young people are far more likely to report experiencing stress, burnout, anxiety and depression than previous generations. At the same time, youth are also more likely to pursue purpose-oriented careers — and the social impact sector can be high-stress, with an overworked and underpaid workforce.

Petro-Canada launches new foundation to support family caregiver organizations

Why It Matters

One in four Canadians say they have been an unpaid caregiver for a friend or family member living with aging-related issues, disability, or a medical condition. The COVID-19 pandemic is putting an even heavier burden on caregivers.

New Economy

Talks

Inclusion

Is the Canadian education system properly equipping the next generation of social innovators?

Why It Matters

In the face of a global pandemic that has upended the education system and equal access to it, specialized tools and strategies are needed now more than ever to nurture a new generation of social innovators. This is our third story in partnership with the Rideau Hall Foundation in celebration of #CanadianInnovationWeek.

Mi’kmaq fishing rights, explained for the social impact sector

Why It Matters

Systemic racism, economic inclusion, and the practice of Indigenous reconciliation are all at play here. The social impact sector cannot solve the core issue of the Mi’kmaq people’s treaty rights — and ongoing violence against their community. However, the sector could play a role in economic and cultural recovery.

This Montreal project is helping citizens take the lead on community development

Why It Matters

A project in Montreal is flipping the philanthropic model on its head, by enabling community members to be the ultimate decision makers. The Collective Impact Project is helping 17 neighbourhoods in Montreal fight against poverty and social exclusion through a unique model. This article, our seventh in a series with United Way Centraide Canada, highlights the journey and learnings of this collaborative project.