Canadian foundation assets up $100 billion and 5 other findings from a new landscape report

Why It Matters

Data on the philanthropic sector is scarce. A new report aims to help fill the gap with new information on public and private foundations' granting and investments. 

Ten observations about the state of Canada’s outcomes-based finance efforts

Why It Matters

Between 1960 and 2023, public social expenditures more than doubled from less than 10 per cent of GDP to more than 20 per cent on average across Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. However, these investments in social and environmental causes have not resulted in as much impact as hoped. The answer partly lies in how those resources are deployed in these causes.

This environmental charity snagged $3.5 million in new legacy gifts through an online will campaign. Could your charity do it too?

Why It Matters

Just eight per cent of Canadians report leaving a gift to charity in their will. A group of charities is trying to increase that figure by promoting online wills.

Human and civil rights groups call for withdrawal of Canada’s AI legislation

Why It Matters

In Budget 2024, the federal government announced $5.1 million to enforce the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act. Most consultations have been with industry, while human rights groups and non-profits have had little involvement in crafting the legislation to date.

10 successful and innovative public policy changes spearheaded by Canadian non-profits

Why It Matters

In Canada, changes to the country’s laws or bylaws in your province, city, or municipality are largely made through advocacy efforts. Skipping this crucial step can mean it takes longer for your organization to have an impact.