The possibilities of plain language: how jargon costs non-profits time and money

Why It Matters

Forty-eight per cent of Canadian adults are considered to have low literacy. Plain language removes barriers, like jargon, that can prevent people from understanding and accessing community and government services.

Record 14.3 million volunteer hours recorded by Benevity clients in 2022

Why It Matters

Non-profits, charities and social purpose organizations across Canada are grappling with volunteer shortages. Engaging new volunteers in the workplace could help reinforce a sector grappling with a shortage of human resources.

Data story: Only 10 per cent of Canada’s Universal Broadband Fund for high-speed internet was awarded to non-profits and cooperatives. Where did the rest go?

Why It Matters

Funding cooperatively-owned or non-profit telecommunications providers not only brings more competition into the Canadian telecoms industry, but also contributes to community resilience, by allowing communities themselves to make decisions about critical infrastructure that they own.

What does the latest Charter challenge against the Canada Revenue Agency mean for Muslim organizations?

Why It Matters

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.

How a teen turned her passion for science into fighting climate change

Why It Matters

Young people today confronted with the looming climate crisis are spearheading initiatives to combat it. It is especially important now for the social impact world to be aware of what Gen Z change leaders are up to, as they are the next generation who will take up the fight against global warming.

People with schizophrenia will be vastly overrepresented in this summer’s heatwave deaths. Changemakers can prevent that.

Why It Matters

Social purpose organizations form the backbone of frontline mental health care in Canada, and extreme heat waves are threatening some of the most vulnerable clients they serve. Without drastic action, death tolls among people with severe mental health issues will only rise in future.