Scorecard: Social impact leaders give the budget a five out of 10

13 social impact leaders weigh in on budget 2023

Why It Matters

The federal government’s annual budget sets the tone for the government’s relationship with the social purpose sector. Leaders’ reactions give us a sense of how that relationship will go this year.

The federal government’s Budget 2023 spends big, as Future of Good reporter Shannon VanRaes writes, but not on the charitable and non-profit sector. 

Social purpose organizations have expressed disappointment in the budget’s lack of support for the sector, particularly for queer- and trans-serving organizations and global development organizations. So we thought we’d ask 13 leaders to expand — by telling us what they’d rate the budget out of 10 for how well it addresses the needs of their communities, what they were happy to see included, and what they were disappointed by. 

The average wasn’t very high: just 4.75 out of 10 (excluding the two leaders who preferred not to give it a numerical score but did want to

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