"Charities...do not speak for us": Why some autistic advocates are against a coalition pushing for a National Autism Strategy

Why It Matters

Autistics have spent decades being talked over and mistreated by both non-profits and the broader medical community. Some advocates want autism non-profits to step out of the way entirely — and the sector should hear them out.

This national humanitarian sector organization asked its members about their anti-racism practices. Here’s what it found.

Why It Matters

Humanitarian and international development are still home to colonial viewpoints, practices, and values. Meaningful anti-racism work, including the acknowledgement of racism within the sector itself, is a way of undoing this ongoing and harmful legacy.

This new organization will investigate the power imbalance between Canadian funders and marginalized communities

Why It Matters

Canada’s social impact professionals routinely rely on U.S. data to demonstrate systemic racism within the sector, especially as it relates to inequitable grants, funding, and capital transfers. Changing that will require Canadian social impact professionals to gather their own data.

These 8 women are leading social impact organizations that were led predominantly by men before they arrived

Why It Matters

Women’s leadership in social impact organizations could help communities build back differently, if not better, than they were pre-pandemic. Because of the ways women are socialized, research shows their leadership styles tend to differ from men’s. This year’s International Women’s Day arrived in the midst of a very different reality from last year’s.

Canada’s social impact sector needs a professional childcare system

Why It Matters

One of the biggest barriers to women re-entering the workforce after the COVID-19 pandemic is a lack of decent childcare. Roughly three-quarters of all Canadian nonprofit sector workers are women. An exodus of qualified staff, alongside the increased workload for social services, could be disastrous for both nonprofits and their service users.