“We don't need to reinvent it, we just need to scale”: How digital transformation for non-profits can accelerate

Why It Matters

COVID-19 forced charities, non-profits, and communities to roll up their sleeves to adapt digitally the best they could — but without a space to look for resources and learn from each other, a sector-wide digital transformation will remain fragmented.

“Peace is a verb, not a noun”: why modernizing global cooperation and aid must start with reframing language

Why It Matters

Words like decolonization are not made for the global south. If the global cooperation and aid sector fails to use language that is meaningful, inclusive and accessible to everyone, conversations on advancing the sector’s future will remain one-sided.

Small charities see challenges intensify as revenues drop, demand climbs

Why It Matters

Seventy-eight per cent of Canadian charities are classified as small charities. They provide programs and services across all sectors, including those serving vulnerable populations, advocating for the climate and protecting animals.

Black philanthropy leaders transitioning from sprint to marathon

Why It Matters

Many nonprofit teams are working hard to ensure their policies create equitable opportunities for Black colleagues. Two Black Philanthropy Month conferences offered new insights and strategies for pushing this work forward.

Calgary foundation splits with community foundation network over position on endowments

Why It Matters

Calgary’s departure from CFC sends a strong signal to the network’s other 190-odd community foundations: if you don’t like CFC’s position on endowments, you’re not alone. The move could lead to further division on the question of foundation endowments broadly, stymying attempts to encourage philanthropic organizations to increase annual disbursements to the community.

The shadow side of the rise of big hospital foundation gifts: donation disparities, roller-coaster giving and donor influence

Why It Matters

If COVID taught us anything it’s this: we need our healthcare system. And yet, Ontario’s current funding policy for capital projects — rebuilding old ambulance bays, purchasing MRI machines, and building new wings — relies, in part, on philanthropy. Some experts say that this leaves the system vulnerable to health disparities.