Canada’s philanthropic sector is normally pretty calm. Charities apply for support. Foundations give out grants. Both groups attend conferences together and a few feathers are ruffled, but no big flaps.
This last year however, things have been different. Call it the pandemic effect. Call it a tipping point around racial justice. Call it a long overdue reckoning over the genocide of Indigenous peoples. But whatever it is, it’s obvious — the roots of the philanthropic sector are under attack — and the pitchforks (albeit some, quite gentle) are coming out from all sides.
During the last fourteen months, many of those pitchforks have been trained on the disbursement quota (
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