2021 New Year’s resolutions: 10 ways changemakers are approaching social impact work differently this year

Why It Matters

The organizations that will thrive in 2021 are those led by people who are open to learning and growing from the twists and turns 2020 presented. These leaders’ social impact New Year’s resolutions will inspire you to do the same.

10 visionary leaders on the state of social impact in (post-pandemic) 2030

Why It Matters

The last nine months have seen Canada’s social impact sector go into survival mode. But survival alone is not sustainable. Huge challenges await Canada in the post-pandemic world, and vision, courage, and resourcefulness are required to remain relevant after the virus is defeated.

Canada’s Rapid Housing Initiative leaves out many non-profit developers

Why It Matters

COVID-19 is aggravating Canada’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis. According to a 2020 survey from the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, 1.6 million Canadians have experienced homelessness. The government is offering critical aid to affordable housing developers, but it may not be accessible to all.

6 ideas to try at your next virtual event

Why It Matters

Running a digital gathering is vastly different compared to an in-person conference or workshop or gala. Few social impact organizations had experience with digital events before the pandemic. And with the second wave, the future of in-person events remains uncertain.

5 social purpose co-ops helping communities recover from COVID-19

Why It Matters

Pandemic recovery will require community-led solutions — to rising rates of food insecurity and addiction; to the lack of access to affordable childcare and pharmaceuticals; for the struggling arts sector; and more — and co-ops could be well-positioned to provide them.

Digital equity organizations welcome $2 billion in broadband investments, but worry it will go to major telecoms

Why It Matters

Poor internet access is a major issue in Canada that receives little attention from the philanthropic sector. The COVID-19 pandemic is showing just how vital it is to a healthy society. Internet infrastructure may require significant government investment, but non-profits can play an important role in ensuring internet access for all.