Tackling digital inequities isn’t a far-off dream — here are three organizations already doing it

Why It Matters

Many social purpose organizations are walking the same path towards embracing digital tools and practices in their work, but trying to tackle the digital transformation individually unnecessarily duplicates efforts.

Community services can now replace medical prescriptions — but this will require organizations to share data.

Why It Matters

Linking a person’s health data with information about their housing circumstances, employment status or fitness levels can help health providers better understand the underlying challenges that impact their health and wellbeing. But it requires community organizations to gather and share data – which many aren’t yet set up to do.

Experts now say digital access can determine a person’s health — here’s why that matters to social purpose organizations

Why It Matters

From health services to social assistance, government and community organizations are investing in online service provision. For the 19 per cent of Canadians that identified as non-users or basic users of the internet even post-Covid, this cuts them off from critical services, leaving them even more exposed to health and wellbeing risks.

“Organizations are fearless, but funders are not,” when it comes to the digital transformation: report

Why It Matters

Many funders in Canada are well aware of the need for a sector-wide digital transformation; still, their lack of knowledge on digital issues means that they aren’t funding digital projects for nonprofits and charities that are trying to serve their communities in an increasingly digital world.

A new Indigenous Connectivity Institute is launching — here’s how it will drive funding towards equitable internet access

Why It Matters

Just under a quarter of Indigenous communities have access to high-speed internet. This year’s Indigenous Connectivity Summit emphasized the urgent need for high-speed internet in Indigenous communities, as well as more community involvement in how internet infrastructure is funded and developed.

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Here’s the new online portal that is building awareness around giving and volunteering data in Canada

Why It Matters

For years, charities and non-profits have had to interpret raw Statistics Canada data on their own. Increased access to in-depth analysis allows organizations to better access and utilize scarce resources.