This story is part of the Future of Good editorial fellowship covering the social impact world’s rapidly changing funding models, supported by Community Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada.
In the winter of 2019, RAVEN, a Victoria-based environmental justice charity, had a tough decision to make.
For nearly a decade, they’d been building a relationship with a local funder, a family foundation keen to support their work — legal defense for Indigenous peoples protecting their territory. And the money they were looking to raise was time-sensitive — funds to support three nations in their bid to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline, and funding to support another nation, the Heiltsuk
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