211 expands to all of Canada after calls increase by 30 percent during the pandemic

Why It Matters

Calls to 211, a now-national helpline connecting Canadians to government and community social services, has increased by 30 percent during the pandemic. The need for clear, accurate, and compassionate information about social support is as pressing as ever — and a national 211 expansion means thousands more Canadians will have this need met.

Digital equity organizations welcome $2 billion in broadband investments, but worry it will go to major telecoms

Why It Matters

Poor internet access is a major issue in Canada that receives little attention from the philanthropic sector. The COVID-19 pandemic is showing just how vital it is to a healthy society. Internet infrastructure may require significant government investment, but non-profits can play an important role in ensuring internet access for all.

How do we transform social purpose spaces after a pandemic? Here are five bold ideas.

Why It Matters

Community spaces will play a key role in facilitating a recovery from COVID-19. Yet they have the potential to not only rebuild, but also reshape our relationships to each other and the natural environment. Four leaders offer their visions for this future.

This Impact Lab is Transforming Calgary’s Social Sector

Why It Matters

With limited resources and stringent competition for funds, social sector organizations are increasingly expected to do more with less, particularly during the current pandemic and economic crisis. In Calgary, The Social Impact Lab is encouraging collaboration over competition by bringing together non-profits and businesses. This is our sixth story in partnership with United Way Centraide Canada.