Explainer: Non-qualified donees and the push to fund them anyway

How some foundations are finding work arounds to support non-qualified organizations doing important projects in their communities

Why It Matters

Without the resources to become qualified, grassroots organizations can miss out on a lot of funding opportunities that could advance their missions. When foundations do find ways to support these groups, their impact in the community can fuel meaningful and lasting change.

This story is in partnership with Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC).

When Tina-Nadia Chambers first started her organization, Amadeusz, she describes it as a group of youth who came together, wanting to do a project in their community. As she personally had friends who were incarcerated, the idea was to give them a pathway to finish high school and get that education while they were still in the justice system. 

“It was just to provide our friends with the opportunity to go to high school while they’re incarcerated with the hope that when they came back to communities, that our community would be better because our friends would be in a better position,” said Chambers. “We thought that maybe if they were able to finish school, maybe things would be different for them.” 

For the organization’s first few years, they were considered to

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