Social impact professionals are stressed out. Here’s how funders can help.

Future of Good spoke to Jack.org and Malala Fund to learn about the funder-fundee relationship, and how it impacts workers’ mental health

Why It Matters

The challenges of the pandemic are threatening the well-being of workers in the social impact sector — just when communities need them the most. Funders and grantees say to prevent a burnout crisis across the sector, building trust between them is more important than ever.

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When the pandemic demanded that work go remote for the tight-knit group of employees at Toronto-based Jack.org, they were able to accommodate everyone with the technology and gear required to work and communicate fairly quickly. But as they worked to replicate the amiable atmosphere of the office through virtual “hobnobs” — one-on-one morale check-ins with different members of the team, matched up randomly — Development Lead Ryan Martin says that the lack of face-to-face interactions still takes a toll on the mental health of his team.

“I think the social piece, the lack of human interaction with my friends/colleagues, has been the biggest influence on my wellness when I think about working at Jack.org,” says Martin.

As one of the leading youth mental health organizations in Canada, the team at Jack

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