Transforming Funding Models Summit

Building a resilient social impact world

Join us June 22 and 23 for two interactive half-days of bold ideas on transforming the social impact world’s funding models. 

Alongside hundreds of professionals and funders from across the country, we’ll dive into game-changing funding and business model transformations that are gaining traction for the new era of impact coming out of COVID.

COVID-19 has brought into sharper focus the many gaps in wellbeing across Canada — and the social impact sector itself contributes to many of these inequities, even in the pursuit of doing good, and especially in the gatekeeping of what’s funded, who’s funded, what’s in-kind, what’s overhead and what’s not. The next 12 months are critical for building more resilient business models, or we could see devastating and lasting effects on our communities.

We’ll dive into questions like: What does the growing wealth gap mean for the future of philanthropy and funding? What problems does the mindset of donor primacy present for community services and global development? How can philanthropic organizations shift the power imbalance between their boards and their communities? Will there be a pendulum swing post-pandemic toward even more restricted funding, or has the pandemic loosened the reins for good?

Boosting resilience takes time. In order to better support you in your journey to strengthen your organization’s resilience, we are including a one-year Future of Good membership with your summit experience.

Sign up for our Ticket+Membership below.



DAY 1  | June 22, 1-4pm Eastern

1:00-2:15pm ET: Kick off & Keynotes 

A series of provoking keynotes including:

  • Origins with Nikki Sanchez, Decolonize Together: The dominant logics, worldviews, and business models of charity, funding and philanthropy in Canada, including where philanthropic wealth originated in this country
  • Relations with Paulette Senior, Canadian Women’s Foundation: New and not-so-obvious grassroots partnerships and projects challenging the power dynamic, working conventions, and relationship between funders and fundees
  • New futures with Yonis Hassan, Justice Fund and Gina Lucarelli, UNDP Accelerator Labs: Inspiration for transformed funding and business models that will lead to radically more resilient social purpose organizations and equitable communities coming out of COVID.

2:15-2:35pm ET: Breakouts

  • Connect with fellow participants, harvesting insights and questions for speakers prior to the panel discussion 

2:35-3:45pm ET: Panel Discussion

  • Keynotes connect for a group discussion to dive deeper and take participant questions

3:45-4pm ET: Close and Final Keynote

  • Take Action with Rodney Foxworth, Common Futures


DAY 2 | All day, Peer to Peer Conversations through Braindates

We’re excited to be partnering with e180 again to bring you Braindates, knowledge-sharing conversations you can have with other summit participants at the Transforming Funding Models Summit digital experience.

Braindates are the best way to connect live with new people, over what matters to you. Every braindate starts with a topic. Choose or suggest one, then set up a 1:1 or group video chat. Consult with an expert, join a small group discussion or lead a conversation. It’s all up to you!



Future of Good Members:

You have complimentary access to this event. Please check your recent member e-mail in the ‘member resources’ section for the RSVP link for access to this event. Got questions? Email 


Super Early Bird Pricing: $65 –  Sold out!


Early Bird Pricing: $75 –  Sold out!


Ticket + Membership: $90 – Sold out!


Regular Tickets: $119.88

Get both one year of Future of Good membership and your summit access for $90.00! Find out more about the benefits of membership here.

Once you purchase, you’ll be redirected to a page with your registration link for the summit. You will also receive an email from containing the link.


Gift access: $65.00

Provide access to this event for one person plus one year of membership to a Black, Indigenous or person of colour or anyone for which financial barriers may exist with this gift.


Accessibility: $5.00

If financial barriers exist to your participation at this event, we encourage you to self-identify and purchase this ticket to the event only. 


Group Tickets

Looking for tickets for 4 or more people? Contact Jenna Cloughley at to discuss.




More speakers to be announced!

Gina Lucarelli | UNDP Accelerator Lab Network, United Nations Development Programme

Gina stewards the world’s largest learning network on sustainable development. She’s been working on human rights and development work for 20 years, but is just getting started! A systems thinker, designer and fixer, she has injected new ideas and methods into Indigenous knowledge research, revamping child justice systems, and balancing economic, environmental and social inclusion in Asia, Eastern Europe and most recently Africa.



Nikki Sanchez (She/her/they) | Media maker, PhD student, Activist and decolonial educator

Nikki is a Pipil and Irish/Scottish academic, Indigenous media maker and environmental educator. Nikki holds a master’s degree in Indigenous Governance and is presently completing a Ph.D. with a research focus on emerging visual media technology as it relates to Indigenous ontology. Last year her first book, “Oras of the Coast”, was published by the Royal BC Museum and was on the bestsellers list for all of 2020


Paulette Senior | CEO and President, Canadian Women’s Foundation

Paulette Senior is President and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She has devoted her career to empowering women and girls to overcome barriers and reach their full potential. Paulette started her career on the front lines of social service organizations in some of Toronto’s most underserved neighbourhoods. She saw how social resources and systemic change could transform women’s lives.


Rodney Foxworth  (he/him/his) | Chief Executive Officer, Common Future 

Most recently, Rodney founded Invested Impact, a nonprofit consulting firm and intermediary that connected philanthropic and impact investment capital to underrepresented social entrepreneurs. Prior he served as Deputy Director of the Warnock Foundation and held leadership positions at BMe, a national social entrepreneur network for African American men, and Job Opportunities Task Force, a policy advocacy and workforce development organization. An inaugural Ford Foundation Global Fellow, Rodney serves on the board of directors of Nonprofit Finance Fund and Race Forward, and the steering committee of Justice Funders. 


Yonis Hassan | CEO, Justice Fund

Yonis Hassan is the CEO of Justice Fund, a recently launched non-profit incubated by 40 Foundation, the private foundation of Noah “40” Shebib, Co-Founder of Octobers Very Own. He serves as board member of UKAI Projects, Foodshare Toronto and handful of community committees across Toronto. He previously served as a board member for Social Planning Toronto, CP Planning, and fellow of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.



Kosisochukwu Nnebe | Visual artist, curator, and policy analyst

Kosisochukwu Nnebe is a Nigerian-Canadian visual artist and curator. An economist by training and a policy analyst by profession, her visual arts practice explores the process of racialization and aims to engage viewers on issues both personal and structural in ways that bring awareness to their own complicity. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across Ontario and Quebec, as well as in the United States. In 2020, she curated her first exhibition,They Forgot That We Were Seeds, at the Carleton University Art Gallery. The exhibition brought together 8 Black and Indigenous women artists and aimed to create a counter-archive of Canada’s history as a settler-colonial nation. As a policy analyst, she has worked at the federal level on issues ranging from biodiversity to food security to, most recently, social finance.


Emcee: Bronwyn Oatley (they/them) | Future of Good 
Bronwyn is Future of Good’s inaugural editorial fellow. They are a freelance journalist and Master of Journalism candidate at Ryerson University. Their work focuses on power relations, inequality and justice. They’ve published stories with The Star, The Nation and the National Observer. Prior to work in journalism, Bronwyn held roles with United Way Greater Toronto, the MaRS Discovery District and the Province of Ontario, supporting the growth of social enterprise and social finance ecosystems.


Opening Act: Jenna Tenn-Yuk | Writer, Speaker, Facilitator
Jenna Tenn-Yuk is a writer, speaker and facilitator who empowers people to share their stories and truths. She has spoken internationally at Harvard, The Walrus Talks and TEDx, exploring the complexities of race, queerness and faith. Her writing has been featured in Broadview, CBC, the Ottawa Citizen and The Huffington Post. She is a founding member of the Asian Canadian Women’s Alliance. Jenna believes in the power of storytelling to break silences, connect people and change the world around us.


Our Commitment 

Future of Good commits to contributing through the support of our partners and the Gift a Ticket Future of Good memberships to Black, Indigenous or people of colour in which financial barriers may currently exist to access this event and future events. 


Our Partners

We are thankful for the support of partners that have made this experience possible.