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COVID-19 and the Environment: ClearWater Farm

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COVID-19 and the Environment: ClearWater Farm

Whether you’re in a big city or a rural area, COVID-19 has exposed some our most serious challenges, like food security and environmental justice. Located on Lake Simcoe in the town of Georgina, ClearWater Farm is an educational farm that aims to deepen young people’s connections with the environment. In […]

COVID-19: Shutdowns and resilience in Toronto’s arts & culture sector

Businesses across the country have been reeling from the economic consequences of physical distancing policies put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. One of the most impacted sub-sectors in the entire economy has been arts, culture, recreation, and sports. Their shared role in bringing people together is what […]

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Indigenous Toronto & COVID-19: Anishnawbe Health Toronto

Photo credit: Ryan Walsh For over 30 years Anishnawbe Health Toronto has been supporting the health of the Indigenous community in Toronto. With three main locations in the east end of the city’s core, the community health centre recently launched a mobile health unit to respond to the community’s changing […]

Putting Your Future and Will in Focus

If like many Canadians the COVID-19 health crisis has caused you think about your mortality more than ever before, you might be sitting down to start your will or updating one written decades ago under markedly different circumstances. If you find yourself thinking about the future of your fund, or […]

Using your philanthropy to advance racial justice

We are in an unignorable and overdue moment of change. Society is reflecting on how we will deepen our collective responsibility towards advancing racial justice and building equality. The work involves listening and learning in order to act. For philanthropists it also means understanding how to respond with your donations urgently […]

Addressing Social Inequities and Environmental Problems

Since 2008, the Small Change Fund has worked with over 200 community partners to support more than 230 environmental projects. Now leaders Burkhard Mausberg and Franz Hartmann are using their platform to support those same small but mighty groups as they strive to continue their mission amidst COVID-19. On Tuesday June 9, Mausberg and […]

It is a time to listen, learn and act.

  It is a time to listen, learn and act. We are committed to listening to, learning from and funding grassroots leaders and organizations working to right inequalities in our city. From our last Vital Signs report we know that the majority of Black community members doubt they will be […]

COVID-19 and housing: Will new opportunity emerge from crisis?

COVID-19 could lead to unprecedented levels of homelessness, or it could be Toronto’s best shot at fixing affordable housing. With growing mass unemployment, both renters and mortgage holders have been struggling to make their monthly payments. Toronto’s homeless support system is already under strain and does not have capacity to accommodate any […]

Sharon Avery: In the age of COVID-19, reciprocity is a matter of survival

After my mother died a few years ago, my father’s health quickly declined. As a firefighter, he had dedicated his life to the safety of our community. But with no family close by, he had become isolated and vulnerable. On one of my routine trips home, I pulled into my […]

Community, Culture and COVID-19: ANDPVA

Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone, hand drummer and singer.   Physical distancing has put a sharp focus on what we lose when we’re apart, including our access to the healing power of art. The Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA) identifies, promotes, and creates opportunities for Indigenous artists […]