Community members are leading this participatory grantmaking project — here’s how it works.

Why It Matters

Traditional philanthropy is often criticized for its power imbalance where the funders usually call all the shots. So who gets left out? It’s the communities and people within it who are actually impacted by the funding. Bringing community members to the decision-making table can give them the power to determine, through their lived experience, what areas they think need funding.

Pushed by students, universities lead on fossil fuel divestment. Who will push foundations?

Why It Matters

Climate change is an existential threat and it’s powered by the burning of fossil fuels. Experts say that a wave of fossil fuel divestment proclamations amongst Canadian foundations could send a powerful signal to other investors, government and media, that fossil fuels are on the way out — and could also better align foundation’s investment dollars with their social missions.

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What you missed: Seven actionable tips for funders from Philanthropic Foundations Canada’s annual conference

Why It Matters

Canadian philanthropy is under scrutiny post-pandemic. Calls to raise the disbursement quota, change philanthropic practices in order to shift power dynamics, and more promise to change the landscape of the sector in the coming years.

Tired of “siloed” conversations, Justice Fund protest brings disbursement quota advocacy to the street

Why It Matters

Grassroots groups and community-led organizations receive miniscule percentages of Canadian philanthropic dollars. Many in the philanthropic and charitable sectors want to change that — but the question of how remains.

Explainer: Non-qualified donees and the push to fund them anyway

Why It Matters

Without the resources to become qualified, grassroots organizations can miss out on a lot of funding opportunities that could advance their missions. When foundations do find ways to support these groups, their impact in the community can fuel meaningful and lasting change.