This organization’s ‘connected community approach’ is changing how social services are designed

Why It Matters

COVID-19 has forced many organizations that focus on community well-being to reimagine how they provide essential services. Strengthening community resilience and well-being using innovative social R&D methods is how social service organizations are moving forward post pandemic.

Canada’s small businesses are closing. This organization is working to save them — by turning them into social purpose businesses.

Why It Matters

It’s estimated that, even before COVID-19 struck, 700,000 small businesses in Canada were already at risk of closure in the next ten years, because they don’t have viable succession plans. And the pandemic made local business and community self-sufficiency even more urgent. Social acquisitions could be a big part of the solution.

‘We can be the risk takers’: The Winnipeg Boldness Project is reinventing family services in Manitoba

Why It Matters

Testing out new approaches to family services can be very difficult. Few organizations and grantmakers support this type of design and development, and fewer still act as conduits for local communities to reimagine their own colonial-era social service programs.

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Online programming might not be accessible to everyone. This organization cracked the code.

Why It Matters

During the pandemic many non-profits have shifted their programming online, but without considering accessibility and accommodations, some of these programs have excluded some individuals from participating in virtual programming.

“Way beyond a charitable model”: This collaborative initiative is transforming Scarborough’s Golden Mile

Why It Matters

While economic development of suburban communities can decrease poverty, it may also come at the expense of local residents through an increased cost of living, pushing them out of their own neighbourhoods due to unaffordability. This is our eighth piece in a series in partnership with the United Way Centraide of Canada.

This Montreal project is helping citizens take the lead on community development

Why It Matters

A project in Montreal is flipping the philanthropic model on its head, by enabling community members to be the ultimate decision makers. The Collective Impact Project is helping 17 neighbourhoods in Montreal fight against poverty and social exclusion through a unique model. This article, our seventh in a series with United Way Centraide Canada, highlights the journey and learnings of this collaborative project.