‘You know your communities best:’ How the COVID-19 pandemic forced Canadian grantmakers to loosen up

As the pandemic gripped the country, some Canadian philanthropists relaxed reporting restrictions and prioritized racialized communities.

Why It Matters

Paternalism, white saviorism, and colonialism are the very bones of the British philanthropic model used in Canada. These values have historically made it incredibly difficult for Black and Indigenous-led non-profits to secure funding for their needs, and many of these organizations serve the communities that are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

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