Trust-based philanthropy won’t work if it’s “built on a rotten foundation”

Why It Matters

The number of cases of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities is rising, and the impacts — exacerbating already crisis-level rates of mental illness among Indigenous youth, for instance — have been devastating since the beginning. If the philanthropic sector wants to help, it needs to use this moment to completely transform how it operates.

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Can donor-advised funds save Canada’s social impact sector?

Why It Matters

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) represent an important tool in Canadian philanthropy. DAFs have been a more flexible model for faster responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, but almost no data exists on their efficacy — and severe transparency problems undermine their credibility.

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The collapse of the gala: Can charities cope without big fundraisers?

Why It Matters

Fundraisers are among the most important sources of revenue for Canadian non-profits — 40 percent of them rely on events for revenue. The COVID-19 pandemic has put many of these events to an end, cutting off a vital source of revenue to non-profits as demand for their services grows.

Desjardins launches $150 million community recovery fund

Why It Matters

Grantmakers across Canada are launching emergency relief funds in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic’s unprecedented challenges, but few are aimed at funding long-term community recovery. Desjardins’ GoodSpark Fund is intended to do just that.

Ontario’s Non-profits Are Still Struggling To Survive The Pandemic

Why It Matters

Ontario’s non-profits are needed more than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic’s health implications give way to a looming economic depression and acute mental health issues. Yet many are in dire financial straits. The provincial and federal governments have offered business relief, but a new report says it isn’t enough to sustain the sector.

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Foundations were required to give way more than they do now. Why did that change?

Why It Matters

The Give5 movement and others in the philanthropic sector are calling on foundations to majorly up their disbursement — which could unlock hundreds of millions of dollars for charities. But years ago, what Give5 is calling for was the legally mandated minimum. Why did it change? There’s a long history behind the disbursement rules, and big questions about whether they’re still relevant today.