The Inside Journey of Benevity, the Platform Democratizing Corporate Giving

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.

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Launch Plan: The Inside Journey of how the UNDP Started 60 Accelerator Labs Globally

As we’re faced with increasingly complex global challenges, we must rethink how we create and scale solutions—and that includes transforming institutions. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s 60 Accelerator Labs serve 78 countries, working together to find radical approaches within local contexts, to effectively tackle today’s and tomorrow's challenges.

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Social Finance’s Pivotal Moment: Can Good Intentions Become Real Change?

As social finance hits the mainstream, how much has really changed with how we use capital? With insight from international impact investing visionary Jed Emerson, we ask what it would take to bring purpose into investments at scale. This article is crafted in partnership with the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing in the lead up to the 2019 Social Finance Forum.

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Episode 4: The Case For Shutting Down Organizations with Rahul Chandran

What does a global humanitarian sector that’s fit for the many challenges of the 21st century look like? Rahul Chandran, a world-renowned humanitarian leader, talks about this and how to thoughtfully close down organizations — something that people in the world of social impact don't like to open up about.

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The Surprising Story Behind Canada's Declining Leadership in Foreign Aid

The Pearson Commission’s breakthrough report on foreign aid, delivered in September of 1969, which set the global Official Development Assistance (ODA) target of 0.7%, was a Canadian-led innovation. 50 years later, experts weigh in on the significance of this target to Canada’s global leadership in the next decade.

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The Changes That Artificial Intelligence Will Bring to the Social Sector

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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3 Ways Technology is Accelerating Solutions for Homelessness

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. 

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The 4 Senate Recommendations You Need to Know That Could Determine the Future of Charities

In order to keep up with an ever-changing world, Canada’s charitable and non-profit sector needs a refresh. Our team analyzes the four recommendations from the recent Senate report that will become linchpins for a future-fit sector.

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How Can We Decolonize Impact Investing?

Over the last two years, impact investing in Canada has grown by a massive 81 percent, with $14.75 billion now invested in purpose-driven solutions. But according to Jeff Cyr, of Raven Indigenous Capital Partners, there's one big problem with traditional impact investing: its lack of Indigenous inclusion. We caught up with him to learn how we can decolonize social finance.

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How To Engage The Next Generation of Donors

Giving is not what it used to be. Demographics, figures, motivations, and means of giving all have changed drastically. According to Aneil Gokhale of the Toronto Foundation, how we respond to these shifts and how we engage the next generation of donors matters for the future of our communities and causes.

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Intersectionality: Why It's Core To Lasting Impact

Black feminist Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term back in 1989. However, more recently, intersectionality has found its way into many entities, including the Government of Canada. 2019 may be the year that embedding intersectionality becomes mainstream across the world of social impact, according to Erika Gates-Gasse of the MATCH International Women's Fund.

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