Does an ‘extraordinary’ half-billion dollar donation offer new potential for affordable housing in Winnipeg?

Why It Matters

The Winnipeg Foundation, Canada’s largest community foundation, just announced they have been gifted one of Winnipeg’s largest apartment rental companies. How they choose to steward this asset could impact Winnipeg’s housing market in the coming years.

For $400M Community Services Recovery Fund, feds tap Canadian Red Cross, United Way Centraide Canada, and Community Foundations as national funders

Why It Matters

Unlike many grants on offer, the federal Community Services Recovery Fund isn’t focused on supporting new programs and services, but rather provides a much-needed injection of cash to support organizational capacity building and innovation. The organizations tapped to distribute the funds have power over who accesses support.

26 per cent of MacKenzie Scott's grantees are creating new endowments with the billionaire's funds, and 6 other findings from new evaluation report

Why It Matters

A growing cohort of Canadian funders are offering unrestricted gifts to boost impact and restore a more equal power dynamic between grantor and grantee. But does the practice work? Are there unintended consequences? A new report offers insights.

Investigation: After George Floyd was murdered, corporate Canada promised philanthropic support for Black communities. What have they disclosed donating since?

Why It Matters

Black charities in Canada get a fraction of the donations raised by their white-led peers. When George Floyd was murdered and millions marched for Black lives in communities across North America, some Canadian corporations made six-figure donation pledges in support of Black communities. Whether they and their corporate peers have continued to give has material implications for Black Canadians across the country.

Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector adds four new members, new co-chair, but still lacking “youth leaders”

Why It Matters

Members of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector have the ability to influence and direct regulatory reforms by sharing the insights of Canada’s social impact sector with government.

Mastercard Foundation makes historic $500 million commitment to Indigenous education. Will it be Indigenous-led?

Why It Matters

Less than 1 percent of all philanthropic donations in Canada support Indigenous charities. A new donation commitment of $500 million could provide a dramatic boost to the capacity of a cohort of Indigenous initiatives across the country.