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Tech

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. 

Money

Riipen's massively successful crowdfunding campaign has one important lesson

Why It Matters

The power of crowdfunding is hard to ignore. Crowdfunding campaigns have raised $34 billion globally, and are on pace to raise nearly 10 times that within the next decade. We explore how non-profit organizations and social enterprises are using crowdfunding platforms to advance their causes.

Bitcoin Donations: An Easy Fundraising Win for Your Charity

Why It Matters

As non-profits consider their options for even better fundraising in 2020, the most savvy of organizations should look to adopting a bitcoin donation program. It’s easy to convince leadership, easy to implement, and will bring new donors — and their money — to the organization.

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Are Tech Philanthropists Leaving Out Local?

Why It Matters

In this series, we unpack why tech philanthropists may favour backing ambitious, large-scale global issues as opposed to supporting local community issues — and why this trend is essential to understand when examining the new philanthropic landscape.

Work

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

Why It Matters

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.

How to Succeed: Top 10 Lessons from Young Impact Leaders

Why It Matters

Notions of leadership, work, and organizational culture are being reshaped in social impact organizations. With more young people entering the seeking purpose-oriented careers, these leadership tips from the ground are very different from what you might find in management books.

5 Jobs of the Future That You Need to Prepare For Now

Why It Matters

Social impact organizations are changing the way they work, from digital transformation to cross-sector collaboration. That means different skills, fresh expertise, and completely new careers. Five people with the social impact jobs of tomorrow describe how they are charting new paths in their organizations.

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Places

Featured Series

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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2019 Top 10 (+1) Stories

Future of Good is all about stories that make you smarter. In our first year, we crafted and published close to 200 incredible stories, covering everything from the launch of the ambitious Equality Fund to shining a light on how AI is affecting social change work. We conducted illuminating Q&As with world-renowned leaders such as Jed Emerson, author of Impact Investing; Anna Laycock, CEO of the Finance Innovation Lab; and Edgar Villaneuva, author of Decolonizing Wealth. Here are our top 10 (+1) stories in 2019 (because we couldn't pick just 10.) These include our most insightful reads, most widely shared, and ones that sparked debate.