Three ways social impact organizations can better communicate with autistic people

Why It Matters

Canada is home to as many as 670,000 autistic people, many of whom find group settings overwhelming. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, many social good organizations are hosting meetings with coworkers and clients over video conferencing apps, but haven’t thought about how to include autistic people.

The social impact sector is “a microcosm of social exclusion,” says this founder

Why It Matters

With Black Lives Matter ushering in new momentum for racial justice, community builder Candies Kotchapaw says the non-profit sector requires an overhaul in leadership. In Canada, more than half of charities and non-profits do not gather data on employee diversity, according to a 2018 study. In order to truly serve marginalized Canadians, non-profits must prioritize racial diversity, particularly in management, says Kotchapaw.

What would a youth-centred recovery look like? Here are three bold ideas

Why It Matters

We’re seeing the highest rates of youth unemployment in Canadian history. There’s a looming mental health crisis among young people. And youth are disproportionately feeling the negative impacts of precarious work. Canadian youth are bearing the brunt of this crisis — how can the social impact world make sure their struggles and perspectives are centred in recovery efforts?

Mentorship in the social impact world has a diversity problem, say new founders

Why It Matters

In Canada, only 50 percent of businesses make it past five years. With mentorship, that number can jump to 70 percent. Despite such evidence, there still aren’t enough mentorship opportunities for social impact founders in Canada. What needs to change?

Women are leading pandemic relief and recovery as non-profit workers, but their childcare duties are holding them back

Why It Matters

Women make up between 75 and 85 percent of the non-profit workers at the forefront of pandemic relief and recovery. They also take on a disproportionate share of childcare duties, both pre-pandemic and while schools and daycares are closed. Lifting some of this burden could be critical to the pandemic recovery.

8 women in social impact share their visions for an equitable pandemic recovery

Why It Matters

Canadians are facing a long road to recovery from the pandemic, but not all have been, or will be, equally impacted. Women of colour and young women have led the country through the pandemic, and they’ll feel the most intense economic and societal impacts — so their perspectives should be at the forefront of any conversation about recovery.