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This story is part of a special report on the effects of inflation on social purpose organizations and the communities they serve. Stay tuned for more reporting on this.
On a quiet Tuesday in November 2022, representatives from non-profits across Calgary gather for a press conference in the hopes of shedding light on the dire financial situation facing charities in that city.
Karen Ball, CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, tells those assembled that after two years of attempting to “do more with less” non-profits are in crisis.
“Between the pandemic, rising inflation and now, a looming recession, this essential sector has been dealt blow after blow,” Ball says. “Staff are suffering. The people we serve are not getting the help they need. Drowning people can’t save drowning people.”
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