Social impact professionals are still networking. Here are 4 ways they’re doing it

Why It Matters

Networking is an essential way for social impact professionals to make new connections, find jobs, share knowledge, and collaborate on projects. Ensuring that networks remain alive during the pandemic is one important way for the sector to remain collaborative and focused at a time of great uncertainty.

This grassroots group supports COVID-19 survivors around the world. Here’s what Canada’s social impact sector can learn.

Why It Matters

About 386,000 Canadians have recovered from COVID-19, and another 76,000 have active cases. With potential long-term physical, mental and even social impacts of having survived the virus, these hundreds of thousands, and many more, will likely need support for years into the future — and social impact organizations could support their recovery in a number of ways.

Canada’s first COVID-19 vaccine is on the way. How can the social impact world make sure it gets to those who need it most?

Why It Matters

Canada just approved a COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, Toronto’s Black community is getting infected with COVID-19 at disproportionately high rates. Medical inequities and distrust are part of the problem and the incoming vaccine may not be enough.

Seven things the social impact world needs to know about the federal economic update

Why It Matters

Ottawa’s fall economic statement is traditionally a snapshot of spending from the previous year. In 2020, the document represents another hint for the Liberal government’s priorities in the upcoming federal budget. Its contents will be significant for struggling social impact organizations.

Social isolation is on the rise. Here’s how service providers are still building community.

Why It Matters

Social isolation is one of the most severe consequences of public health restrictions intended to curb the spread of COVID-19. Building meaningful community among marginalized service users requires not only addressing persistent social inequities, but also figuring out how to keep them connected.