The shadow side of the rise of big hospital foundation gifts: donation disparities, roller-coaster giving and donor influence

Why It Matters

If COVID taught us anything it’s this: we need our healthcare system. And yet, Ontario’s current funding policy for capital projects — rebuilding old ambulance bays, purchasing MRI machines, and building new wings — relies, in part, on philanthropy. Some experts say that this leaves the system vulnerable to health disparities.

NIMBYs. Funder hurdles. Now, rising inflation. Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society won’t give up

Why It Matters

Charities that run food banks and meals-on-wheels programs aren’t the only ones being hit hard by inflation. Organizations that build community infrastructure, like affordable housing or healing lodges are feeling the pinch too. Funders must close the gap created by inflation in order to realize much-needed community infrastructure projects.

Canada’s national security committee grills crowdfunders and payment processors over Freedom Convoy fundraisers

Why It Matters

Canada has promised to tighten crowdfunding regulations amid worries white nationalists used them during the Freedom Convoy to raise money. Whatever the Standing Committee recommends could have implications for social movements and fundraisers.

Canada is cracking down on the Freedom Convoy’s finances. Here’s why that may hurt social justice movements, too.

Why It Matters

Indigenous land defenders and other social justice movements have been labeled "extremist" in the past for their work. Subjecting their fundraising methods to additional anti-terror restrictions could make it harder for them to raise funds publicly.