Non-profits and charities are on the frontline of helping vulnerable people through the COVID-19 crisis, but traditional grant-making may not provide the support they need. In response, foundations are finding quicker, less restricted ways of funding their grantees. This is leading to completely new ways of working, begging the question of whether grant-making will ever be the same.
Access to emergency funding has been a top priority for many in the social impact sector over the past two weeks. But the sector will feel the impacts of COVID-19 long after social distancing ends. Here’s how the McConnell Foundation is already working on funding for a post-pandemic world.
Crowdfunding is the fastest-growing trend in fundraising — and it’s a particularly useful tool in times of crisis. As communities navigate COVID-19, crowdfunding campaigns are popping up to move money and supplies to those who need them, demonstrating crowdfunding’s potential as a rapid-response, grassroots fundraising tool.
Canadians are facing massive economic setbacks in the wake of COVID-19. For a country that was already seeing declining rates of entrepreneurship, our entrepreneurial ecosystem is threatened. Venture for Canada’s CEO argues that introducing a universal basic income could solve the problem.
As the social impact world tries to adapt to the impacts of COVID-19, organizations are pivoting and re-tooling to help with relief efforts. Here’s what Canadian non-profits can learn from these eight organizations about pivoting, and zeroing in on where they can make the most impact right now.
The COVID-19 crisis requires urgent action across sectors to help vulnerable Canadians. Philanthropic foundations have the funds, expertise, and networks to make a significant difference, so what should they be doing? Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) and their partners just released a new set of guidelines for foundations.
Women make up 60 percent of Canadians living in poverty and are overrepresented in industries of precarious work. As COVID-19 and social distancing continue to disrupt our economy, women will see the most devastating effects.
Front-line service organizations like food banks are overwhelmed, trying to respond to the needs emerging in the wake of COVID-19, so communities are stepping up to care for their neighbours. But, as Rahul Chandran, managing director of CARE writes, they need the social impact sector’s help to do so safely and effectively.
In response to COVID-19’s unprecedented impact, last week the federal government passed a huge stimulus package to help Canadians. But these impact investors from across Canada say much more can be done — from accelerating the launch of the Social Finance Fund to implementing a universal basic income.
COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge to Canadian non-profits, social enterprises, and charities. Fundraising efforts are on hold, meanwhile, many are seeing increased need for services and having to figure out how best to protect their frontline staff. These CEOs share their ideas on the measures the federal government can take to support non-profits through this crisis, and make them less vulnerable to future crises, too.
Asian Canadians have been experiencing racism since the COVID-19 crisis emerged. And Canadian history tells us that this racism and xenophobia could find its way into policy, writes Laura Madokoro, history professor at Carleton University.
A shift toward digital ways of working, delivering services, and fundraising has been a long-time coming in the social impact world. But social distancing has accelerated it — and organizations that aren’t prepared won’t be able to keep up, writes Marina Glogovac, President & CEO of CanadaHelps.
Grantmakers, social finance organizations, and governments are gearing up to rapidly fund relief to social impact organizations. Future of Good asked the advice of Sean Lowrie, creator of the Start Fund: a global humanitarian response mechanism which disburses money in less than 72 hours. As we face this unprecedented crisis, how should funders create quicker mechanisms of disbursing capital?
COVID-19 is an all-hands-on-deck crisis. Whether your organization is on the front lines providing services or not, it’s essential to ask yourself and your team these questions to make necessary contributions to relief efforts.
Canada has released a stimulus plan to help Canadians survive the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. But just how well does the economic response package address the needs of non-profits and the communities they serve?
In 2013, Calgary Non-profits Faced a Natural Disaster. Here’s how that helped them prepare for COVID-19.
After the 2013 flood in Calgary, the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations equipped non-profits in the community with emergency preparedness plans. Here are three tips they have for local organizations navigating the COVID-19 pandemic today.
In the midst of a lot of uncertainty in the non-profit world, dig into these practical insights from a leader in fundraising — Nejeed Kassam, founder of fast-growing fundraising platform Keela. If you’re looking to up your fundraising game in the coming weeks and months, these tips will be helpful.
COVID-19 will have important and lasting effects on society — that means women will feel the worst of it, economically and socially, from additional caregiving work to increased domestic violence.
To follow social distancing guidelines, many of us in Canada who are privileged enough to have this capability, will be working from home in the coming days and weeks. Stay connected and collaborate with others in the social impact world through these virtual technologies.