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Is our sector supporting its Asian communities?

Canada is home to many East Asians, South Asians, Southeast Asians, West Asians, Central Asians, and many others from various parts of Asia. By honouring Asian Heritage Month this May, we celebrate diverse communities in our country. This theme is an iteration of - not separate from - existing discussions from February’s focus on Black History Month, as we continuously work towards valuing Black lives and standing in solidarity against racism.

We want to learn more about how the Canadian nonprofit and charitable sector supports the Asian community. Does it enable Asian fundraisers and nonprofit professionals to succeed? Is adequate funding going to Asian communities in need? A study by AAPIP shows that in the U.S., less than 0.5% of foundation giving is designated towards Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. In Canada, it’s difficult to find data on this topic at all. In April, the federal budget designated $11 million to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation,  including efforts towards a “national coalition to support Asian-Canadian communities.” It’s one step towards setting Asian communities up for success, but there are still wide and deep gaps to overcome.

We celebrate Asian Heritage Month in this edition of Grantseeker by learning more about what celebrating Asian communities mean for our sector.

Chaerin Kwon
Imagine Canada

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Fundraising resources 📚
Article: Beyond the "ideal" fundraiser: Equitable recovery requires confront uncomfortable truths in philanthropy
(Nayeon Kim for Imagine Canada)
Starting my career as a young, Asian immigrant female fundraiser, I was meticulously observing and learning from seasoned fundraisers around me.… While my outer shell was becoming pretty and polished, I couldn’t shake off the feeling that my outside didn’t match my inside. 
Photo: Stop Anti-Asian Hate (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
“I am not your fetish.” This single sentence, boldly inked in red on a protester’s disposable face mask, sends a clear message: The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and their allies are rallying against anti-Asian hatred by calling it out and showing how this racism is compounded by xenophobia and misogyny.
Article: 8 Asian-Canadian Organizations Working to #StopAsianHate (Bay Street Bull)
The displays of violence — and murder — were shocking, but reflective of the overall xenophobia and anti-Asian rhetoric that has risen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. And although headlines around the anti-Asian attacks were situated in the US, the same racism exists here in Canada. 
Resource library: Asian Heritage Month resources
(Government of Canada)

Learn about the organizations and educational resources dedicated to promoting and commemorating Asian heritage in Canada. This library includes a listing of organizations, educational resources, and noteworthy films.
Workshop: DigiNPO on June 28 Sponsored by AWS
In collaboration with Imagine Canada, AWS is pleased to offer DigiNPO, a free 4 hour workshop on June 28 for charities and nonprofits. Attendees will learn about cloud computing, cloud value proposition, the importance of digital transformation, use cases in the sector, and different services offered to help you become a data-driven organization.
Toolkit: Stop Driving in the Dark! Nonprofit Fundraising KPIs 101
(Imagine Canada)
Imagine Canada's Grant Connect and Keela have teamed up to bring you this toolkit to help you focus on tracking the essential fundraising metrics needed to ensure your organization’s long term success.


Free Fundraising Strategy Guide

Everyone tells you that you need a fundraising strategy to raise more money for your organization. But, no one really shows you HOW to do this! Download our FREE, simple, and easy to follow Fundraising Strategy Guide to help you get focus and clarity for your small nonprofit’s fundraising.
Webinar: Elevate your fundraising with Grant Connect 
(Imagine Canada - Grant Connect)

Are you considering becoming a Grant Connect user to diversify your fundraising pipeline? Join us for our webinar, Fundraising with Grant Connect, where we’ll be talking about how to find the best prospects for your nonprofit organization! The next session will be on June 1 at 2 p.m ET. If you still have questions, drop into our Live Q&A right after.

Already a user? Sign up for our Subscribers-only Grant Connect Training! It will be held on June 3 at 2.p.m ET.
Funding opportunities
The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant program from the Alberta Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation offers financial assistance for relaunch expenses to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 30%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are due May 31. View in Grant Connect.

The CST Inspired Minds Learning Project from the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation supports education programs with a focus on academic success, school engagement and attachment, interest in learning and building self-confidence and motivation for children and youth in grades K-12 across Canada. Applications are due June 11View in Grant Connect.

The Department of Canadian Heritage’s Support for Workers in Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund provides project-based support to organizations in the live arts and music sectors to present live events - before an audience and/or virtually - and to generate income opportunities for artists and cultural workers from these sectors across Canada. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until March 31, 2022View in Grant Connect.


Free Resource: Impact Measurement Framework

Every nonprofit has asked the question, “Are we really making a difference?” Truth is, it’s hard to be sure without a proper impact measurement strategy. Download this FREE guide and you’ll learn how to start effectively measuring your impact with limited time and resources.
Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Development Coordinator, Events 
(Vancouver, BC)
Anima Leadership
Anti-black Racism & Equity Educator (Remote/nationwide)
Inuvik Justice Committee
Justice Coordinator (Inuvik, Northwest Territories)
Fundraising Coordinator (Remote/Nationwide)

Maritime Fundraising Conference Opens Education Bubble

AFP Nova Scotia’s 2021 fundraising conference is going virtual June 7 & 8! MFC 2021 is all about the NEW way forward. Join us for this virtual educational and networking opportunity - and stop by Imagine Canada’s virtual booth to say hello! Bursaries available!
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