Community members are leading this participatory grantmaking project — here’s how it works.

Why It Matters

Traditional philanthropy is often criticized for its power imbalance where the funders usually call all the shots. So who gets left out? It’s the communities and people within it who are actually impacted by the funding. Bringing community members to the decision-making table can give them the power to determine, through their lived experience, what areas they think need funding.

An in-depth conversation with Karina Gould, Canada’s new Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Why It Matters

Communities are still devastated by COVID-19, particularly those who were already marginalized and oppressed pre-pandemic. The ministry Gould takes over will be primarily responsible for these communities’ recovery — not to mention building relationships with the social purpose sector to achieve that recovery.

"A celebration of us persisting”: Jocelyn Formsma on 50 years of the Indigenous Friendship Centre movement

Why It Matters

Since its establishment in 1971, the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) has grown to become a non-profit supporting Indigenous communities from coast to coast across Canada. This year, the NAFC rings in its 50th anniversary, and executive director Jocelyn Formsma opens up about the movement’s importance to community members today and into the future.

Vaccine mandates are a fact of life for frontline non-profits and charities — here’s how they feel about it.

Why It Matters

Clients served by shelters, food banks, drop-in centres, and other frontline social impact organizations are among the most vulnerable members of Canadian society — and it is nearly impossible to provide many effective community services while physically distanced.