Recovery plan 2020: 20 bold ideas from 20 social impact leaders

Why It Matters

The pandemic has amplified inequities in Canadian society. Social impact organizations working with and advocating for vulnerable communities have unique insight into how to close the gaps. Their ideas, borne from on-the-ground experience, could make Canada a more resilient nation in the face of adversity.

Desjardins launches $150 million community recovery fund

Why It Matters

Grantmakers across Canada are launching emergency relief funds in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic’s unprecedented challenges, but few are aimed at funding long-term community recovery. Desjardins’ GoodSpark Fund is intended to do just that.

New Zealand has a social impact worker visa program. What can Canada learn?

Why It Matters

Post-pandemic, Canada will be left with massive social challenges requiring unprecedented levels of innovation to overcome. Enlisting help from elsewhere in the world could boost the country’s recovery — if New Zealand’s social impact visa program is an indication.

What does it mean to build an anti-racist social impact sector? Here are five ideas.

Why It Matters

The world of social impact is facing a reckoning with privilege and power: global Black Lives Matter demonstrations, the #MeToo movement, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, among other movements for social justice are prompting the sector to take a look at its own systems of oppression. But buzzwords and lip service aren’t enough — there needs to be deep, structural change, said the speakers in a Future of Good panel on the topic.