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February 25, 2021 | Français
In honour of Black History Month, this edition's theme is the experience of Canadian Black-led and/or Black-serving nonprofits in finding funding. Our intro comes from the working group of the Foundation for Black Communities, Canada's first Black-led, Black-focused philanthropic foundation. -The Grant Connect team


Black communities are faced with three concurrent crises: the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic recession, and racial inequity. While many would turn to the social sector in times of need, the impact of anti-Black racism within philanthropy has left Black communities behind. 

The groundbreaking Unfunded: Black Communities Overlooked by Canadian Philanthropy report prepared by the Network for the Advancement of Black Communities and Carleton University’s Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program provided the first systemic analysis of the underfunding of Black communities. For example, for every $100 granted by the top 10 private and public foundations, only three cents go to Black-led organizations and 15 cents to Black-serving organizations. A corresponding national needs assessment by the Foundation for Black Communities offers corroboratory evidence, finding that nearly 65% of the Black-led or Black-serving organizations surveyed reported having less than six months’ worth of funding to sustain themselves.  

While the data is glaring, it simply confirms what Black communities have been calling attention to for decades: Canadian philanthropy's blindspot to Black communities. At a time when Black communities in Canada face extraordinary difficulties, the organizations best placed to provide support are themselves struggling to survive. The Foundation for Black Communities invites all sector partners to address this gap and seeks their commitment in the fight for funding fairness.

 
-Foundation for Black Communities Working Group
 

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Fundraising resources 📚
Article: Confronting racial bias in government funding
(Policy Options)
The federal budgeting process is supposed to use GBA+ analysis in decision-making. And yet, the government continues to ignore the entanglement of race in the organizations they fund. This has only served to disadvantage Black-focused, Black-led, and Black-serving (B3’s) organizations.
Report: Equity matters: A snapshot of Canadian non-profit perspectives during the COVID-19 era (AgentsC Analytics)
The COVID-19 crisis has helped intensify the acknowledgement of anti-Black racism in institutions, such as the police force and well-known corporations. However, little is acknowledged about the racial inequities within the non-profit sector, especially in Canada. 
Report: Unfunded: Black communities overlooked by Canadian philanthropy 
Our research and analysis suggest that the Canadian philanthropic sector has failed to support the urgent and specific needs of Black communities in Canada. As the philanthropic sector stands, it lacks the tools and knowledge to support Black communities effectively.  
Article: The two faces of charity (Imagine Canada)
Much of my career as a fundraiser has been defined by my survival of oppression at the hands of people in power who attempted to render me invisible. These leaders evangelize their commitment to helping their beneficiaries, while inside their organizations the struggle for equity abounds.
Article: Who decides who is Black enough, advocate asks, after hundreds of groups denied federal funding (CBC)
The Afro Canadian Caribbean Association (ACCA) wants to know "who decides who is Black enough" after Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) rejected hundreds of applications for funding under a program for Black community groups.
Article: 10 Black leaders in social impact you should know
(Future of Good)

Black, Indigenous and people of colour have been vocal about racist work environments across the world of social impact, how diversity and inclusion strategies need to change, and generally what it means to build a truly anti-racist impact sector — from tech to corporate social impact to philanthropy and beyond.
Imagine Canada anti-racism book club ☕

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Ryerson's Generous Futures Series

Join Ryerson University for a ground-breaking webinar series that will explore the struggles, politics and possibilities within Canada’s charitable sector. Drawing on the diverse voices of philanthropists and community leaders, Generous Futures aims to shed a new light on equity and belonging in Canada. Imagine Canada is a proud promotional partner of this initiative.

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Party at the End of the Patriarchy conference

Are you looking to diversify your donor base and find new ways to share your mission online? Register now for The Party at the End of the Patriarchy virtual conference, happening March 8, 10, & 12, 2021. Imagine Canada’s CEO, Bruce MacDonald, will be hosting a session on Canada’s Changing Donor Landscape.

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New Study shows the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 

Imagine Canada’s newest study reveals how the pandemic continues to impact Canada’s charitable sector. In terms of revenue, many organizations reported a fragile financial situation: 75% of charities noted a decline from at least one type of donation, and event-based fundraising is seeing the most severe decline. While organizations are adapting, innovating, and demonstrating resilience, long-term sustainability may still be at risk. 

READ THE FINDINGS
Webinar: Elevate your fundraising with Grant Connect training (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 March 9 at 2 p.m ET.

Already a user? Sign up for our Subscribers-only Grant Connect Training! It will be held on March 11 at 2.p.m ET.
Funding opportunities
Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk Community Fund supports projects that improve access to mental health care, supports and services for people across Canada. Applications are due March 15
View in Grant Connect.

L’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO)’s Fonds de secours aux OBNL francophones provides operational funding for francophone-Ontarian non-profit organizations, social enterprises and cooperatives to support their activities during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario. Applications are due March 12
View in Grant Connect.
4-H Nova Scotia
Fundraising & Communications Coordinator 
(Bible Hill, Nova Scotia)
Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton
Coordinator of Fundraising and Communications 

(Remote, Hamilton ON)
BC Cancer Foundation
Development Officer, Major Gifts 
(Victoria BC)
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