New Emergency Fund and SIF Granting Stream in Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis brings unique new demands on the charitable sector. Part of the McConnell Foundation’s response is to join with others in calling for an increase in charitable disbursements for 2020 to 5% (up from the 3.5% required by the CRA) and to propose a Sector Stabilization Fund.  Today the Foundation is announcing two […]

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Area One Farms — Keeping the farm in the family

Area One Farms operates private equity funds in the Canadian farmland sector. They partner with established farm operators to acquire off-market farmland, enabling family farms to expand and improve their financial returns while incorporating sustainable practices. This interview with CEO and Founder, Joelle Faulkner, has been edited for length and clarity. Walk us through the […]

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Strengthening our Relationships with Grantees is More Important Than Ever

Late last year we received the results of a grantee perception survey, conducted by the Center for Effective Philanthropy. While we were digesting the results and planning how we would respond, the COVID-19 virus evolved from a distant concern into a global crisis. It became clear that strong relationships are key to getting through this, […]

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Helping Those Who Help: the Social Sector’s Three Urgent Calls to Action

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has disrupted Canada’s charitable sector like no other challenge in living memory. Those working in the sector — whether for non-profits, charities, foundations, social enterprises or other organizations devoted to a social purpose — know first-hand the anxiety and stress of striving to provide vital services and support while facing uncertainty […]

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Extending retirement security to the non-profit sector: Interview with Alex Mazer of Common Wealth

Common Wealth is a business dedicated to expanding access to retirement security. This interview with founding partner, Alex Mazer, focuses on the Common Good Retirement Plan, currently in development. The transcript has been edited for length and clarity.   Could you briefly explain the scale of the financial security problem in the non-profit sector that […]

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Reclaiming the power of food — Interview with Jane Rabinowicz of SeedChange

SeedChange works to improve farmers’ livelihoods, increase biodiversity, and promote seed and food sovereignty — critical components in the health of people and of the ecosystems that sustain us. This interview with Jane Rabinowicz, Executive Director, has been edited for length and readability. SeedChange, as reflected by its name-change from USC (Unitarian Service Committee) Canada […]

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Financial empowerment: taking individuals from survival to prosperity — Interview with Liz Mulholland of Prosper Canada

Prosper Canada is a national charity dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation. It focuses on developing and promoting financial policies, programs and resources that improve the financial health of people with low incomes. This interview with Liz Mulholland, CEO, has been edited for length and readability. […]

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Mobilizing support for positive social change through live events — Interview with Marika Anthony-Shaw of PLUS1

PLUS1 partners with live events to mobilize support for positive social change. Matching artists with impactful organizations, PLUS1 adds $1 to each ticket sold and gives away 100% of the money raised to the chosen causes. This interview with co-founder Marika Anthony-Shaw has been edited for length and readability. You’ve described the “plus-one” ticket sales […]

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Art as an agent of transformation for youth — Interview with Phyllis Novak and Rudy Ruttiman of Sketch

SKETCH, based in Toronto, is a community arts enterprise engaging diverse young people, ages 16-29, who navigate poverty, or live homeless or on the margins. The ultimate goals are to transform lives and communities. This interview with founding artistic director, Phyllis Novak, and executive director, Rudy Ruttiman, has been edited for length and readability. Can […]

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The State of City Building Project Launch (Toronto)

On Wednesday, July 15, The Ryerson City Building Institute will launch their State of City Building Project, which includes the first annual State of City Building Report and the Citylinx online database. Citylinx identifies and categorizes leading organizations that are involved in studying or advocating for excellence in city building. This growing list allows the public, key […]

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