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On the morning of March 16, 2020, as COVID was bearing down on Canada, Laura Manning fired off an email that delighted her foundation’s 30-odd grantees — and made one cry.
“Effective immediately,” she wrote them, “we are removing restrictions on all current grants…Use the money for WHATEVER you need to — giving staff paid quarantine days, addressing changes in service demand, paying your rent, anything that’s needed.
“You do not need to seek approval first. Do wh
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