New AgentsC and Imagine Canada study reveals significant inclusion barriers for Black and Indigenous CSR professionals
Black and Indigenous-led non-profit groups are often the most underfunded by corporate groups, which mainly consist of white professionals making the funding decisions. This study shows that 25 per cent of Black CSR practitioners have funding decision-making, in comparison to the 96 per cent of white practitioners. Knowing what improvements can be made within the sector could be useful for those who need better support.
Despite knowing how to address the systemic gaps in their community the most, Black-led projects that counter anti-Black racism are often underfunded by Canadian philanthropy. It’s only now, during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter Movement that people are beginning to be more invested in the work committed by these groups.
Sexually and gender diverse youth in Canada are reported to be more prone to bullying and experiencing suicidal thoughts. Since most youth spend time in primary and secondary schools across the country, studies recommend making schools more inclusive towards 2SLGBTQ+ students to reduce the harm they experience.
There’s been an ongoing increase in violence and hate towards Muslims across Canada. The 2017 Quebec City mosque shooting, the murder of a mosque volunteer in Toronto in 2020 and the London, Ontario van attack in 2021 are just some of the hate crimes that have occurred in recent years. Moreover, Bills in Quebec, such as Bill 21, have caused backlash in the form of discriminating against Muslims.
What does the latest Charter challenge against the Canada Revenue Agency mean for Muslim organizations?
Muslim-led charities provide community spaces, places of worship and other social services for Canada’s Muslim (and non-Muslim) communities. With questionable CRA audit practices, these charities are heavily scrutinized and at risk of losing their charitable status, which can impact donations and operations needed to serve their communities, while also stigmatizing the Muslim community.
Who’s really advancing equity in the non-profit sector? A new study says it’s Black, Indigenous and racialized-led organizations
This equity benchmarking study shows what’s otherwise anecdotally known in the non-profit sector. Using the findings and suggestions from the study can help the sector be less performative and more authentic in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion.
With a rising tide of far-right activists working to claw-back gains made by Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ communities, more funding and support is needed for the organizations that serve those communities and advocate for their interests. Without an increase in support, human rights and lives may be at risk
While some settler-led philanthropic organizations have signed a declaration of action around reconciliation, Indigenous-led organizations continue to be underfunded. But a newly updated definitional matrix provides guidance for greater equity in philanthropy.
Black-led and Black-serving organizations are often underfunded and unable to grow. Open government grants through Multicultural and Anti-Racism Programs can help grassroots organizations reach their goals.