Here’s What’s Happening In February

In This Month’s Issue:

Sector News: Black Youth Can, Youth Policy Table, Black Career Mentors Needed
Community Spotlight: Black Legal Action Centre

Events: Shining Light Youth Charity, Black Diamond Ball
Feature Article: Black Organizations and the Nuances of the Non-profit Sector
Funding Opportunities: Youth Education Program, Media Arts Projects, Community Network Grant
Employment Opportunities:  CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals, Black Opportunity Fund, Community Development Halton

And More!


Black Youth Can Campaign 

Recently, we proudly unveiled the #BlackYouthCan initiative, a dynamic platform born out of collaboration with Publicis Groupe Groupe Canada. This innovative venture was designed to propel young Black talent toward the realization of their career aspirations. By transforming the prevailing narrative that unjustly categorizes Black youth based on appearances and attire, we are illuminating their exceptional talents, one hoodie at a time. Introducing our inaugural major brand campaign, entitled “WHO I REALLY AM.” The clothing acts as a canvas to showcase their individual stories, passions and successes – The pieces produced by Grandslammer$, an apparel brand founded by Jason Blackwood, one of the CEE alumni featured in the campaign. Visit our website and socials to learn more. 

Youth Delegates – Youth Policy Table, Toronto Community Benefits Network
Organizations that are invested in equity-deserving groups accessing good jobs in the construction sector, are encouraged to refer youth delegates.We are seeking referrals of Black, Indigenous, and other racialized (BIPOC) youth aged 16-25.

Our ideal candidate will be interested in the construction industry and advancing community benefits agreements in the sector.

Youth Delegates will have the opportunity to:

✅ Collaborate with other youth in a systems-change environment.
✅ Become knowledgeable about Community Benefits Agreements, in the policy environment.
✅ Develop standards and best practices for Community Benefits Agreements.
✅ Build networks that will strengthen their access to leadership opportunities.

To learn more about the project, please contact: or visit the website.

Black Career Mentors Needed, The PREP Academy
We are seeking Black Career Mentors in the fields of Health, Science, Social Work and Child & Youth to motivate high school students pathway, share your experience and insights to your career and help students understand and gain experience in workplaces.
The PREP Academy’s Micro-Internship Program is a four day internship experience designed to equip African Nova Scotian students with workforce development training, employability skills, career exploration, job readiness training and a paid internship in high school before transitioning to college and university.

Click here to learn more about our program! Connect with high school students as they explore career possibilities and gain job shadowing experience!

Representation matters. We need to see Black Career Mentors represented!

Sign up ASAP 🔗


Established in 2017, the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) is an independent not-for-profit community legal clinic that combats individual and systemic anti-Black racism by providing free legal services, conducting research, developing public legal education materials, and engaging in test case litigation and law reform.

They provide legal services to Black people facing racial discrimination in the following areas of law:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Human Rights
  • Income Assistance
  • Housing
  • Police Complaints
  • Prison Law

They cannot give you legal advice or represent you if you have a problem in:

  • criminal law
  • family law
  • immigration and refugee law
Please see our website for more information.


Black Organizations and the Nuances of the Non-profit Sector
Written by: Matius Daniel

This article embarks on a journey inspired by the rich anecdotes shared by leaders within the Black Nonprofit space, delving into the heart of Black Organizations and their Relationships with purpose. Collectively they shed light on the topic based on years of navigating complex landscapes to offer a unique lens through which we can takeaway lessons that resonate across industries.

In our work within the non-profit sector as a black organization, we must recognize and remind the broader community about the significance of our presence and contributions. We need to recognize opportunities to acknowledge systems injustices and inequities within the community and their impact on accessibility to resources. The reality of the matter is that not often enough the experiences of Black persons in education and healthcare are considered among the least. There is an inherent vibrancy throughout the community as Black, biracial and BIPOC persons with in-depth skills that are well-suited for meaningful partnerships.
our contributions to the spaces we occupy regardless of the reception. The Black community especially within the Non-profit sector is multidimensional and that is a characteristic that should be celebrated 365 days a year, instead of being relegated to a single month and capitalized on for social merit points.

How Leaders Remain Focused Amidst Complex Adversity
Exploring the crossroads between access to funding and the security of financial resources, it becomes clear that these factors play a large role in shaping the reach and effectiveness of organizations dedicated to making positive change within the community. We know that money has been and continues to be a barrier for organizations to initiate change in the black community backed by research reports and numerous anecdotal accounts from conferences and smaller discussions. Organizations unable to find or secure financial support for their public offerings often struggle to sustain programs that benefit and support the community due to having a project-based framework among other reasons. This is problematic because funding facilitates long-term planning and sustainability for programs that exist to address complex challenges that do not have overnight solutions. However, with a larger allocation of funds sent to black-mandated organizations, there would be fewer limitations on the capacity of staff and volunteers to provide higher levels of service to their users.

Although it may appear obvious, understanding what funders are looking for enhances the likelihood of creating grant proposals that align with their goals, increasing the chances of successful funding. By being familiar with criteria and preferences for funding that are considerate of applicants, funders can also show they are willing to meet the community where they are. There is a balance point between what the funder perceives as relevant to the community and where prepared organizations have the experience to know what is beneficial to the people they serve. Identifying organizational strengths in our organizations and others around us allows for better collaboration and resource allocation, to help change the environment.

Securing the Bag While Staying True to Core Organizational Principles
The intricacies of organizational structure and the teams within them are also components that wield great influence on the effective delivery of programs and services. The dynamics that exist are partly responsible for organizational success and program efficacy as we unravel the relationship between structure, teams, and impactful service delivery. On occasion, organizations can scale from small to large quickly if new or existing community needs are amplified by world events that have highly negative impacts. This is a two-fold dilemma as more challenges in the community can sometimes need more jobs to be occupied, they risk jeopardizing security with sudden downsizing when solely dependent on the duration of programs to justify funding. Strong organizational structures on another hand benefit from having clear channels for team communication and collective understanding about where each role is critical to the mission for the delivery of programs and services. This makes it even more important to have a supportive work environment where people feel valued, respected and taken care of as it is all too easy to overload team members who are already accustomed to taking on a more than-normal capacity in the social sector.

The Significance of Holistic Operational Practices and Environments within Teams
Exploring the importance of building skills and capacity is crucial for strengthening black organizations. It is a requirement to be agile in a black organization that demands skill development to adapt and innovate solutions that deliver greater long-term impact. Being observant and thoughtful about the skills, ambitions and development goals of staff entering and existing within organizations should be a part of strengthening our teams to further improve responsiveness and the ideal internal knowledgebase. Teams with diversified skills reduce the need to outsource while they are given opportunities to contribute to the evolution of organizational services. When organizations show up in the community, they are a representation of the values their employers hold and commit to; clearly showing the investment made and the stake owned by the community.

Honouring the Past to Lead with Information and Empathy for Social Impact
Reflecting on the essence of the work done for the community, thoughts serve as anchors, keeping us grounded in our commitment to making a positive impact. Meaningful sentiments often fuel our dedication to community service. At all levels within an organization, lived experience and the desire to liaise social connection for impact are two factors that are often the catalyst required to endure challenges and celebrate success in the workplace. Being among like-minded persons and being shown the possibilities, options, opportunities and networks that look like us and exist around us are profound in the direction all people take. It is difficult to imagine what viable pathways are available and who or what makes up a support system in the early stages of personal and professional life. Analyzing the journey and collective experiences that fostered confidence provides clarity that the work we do with our teams is inherently transferred to the persons we serve. Therefore, we must continue our assignment to be examples and provide support to those who may or may not know what it is they seek.


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Celebrate the rich and diverse history of Black people in Canada 🇨🇦

Don’t miss our amazing event on February 24th at 4-7pm at 4337 Queen Street! 🎉
We have a gallery exhibition, performances, and speakers for you to enjoy and learn from. 🎤🎭🎵

This is a great opportunity to connect with other members of the community and show your support for Black excellence. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽

Visit the website for details: 

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This year’s “A Tribute to You” theme honours outstanding Black community and allies contributors. The RBC Black Diamond Ball, a hallmark event, unites leaders, allies, and advocates committed to positive change on February 24th. This 9th celebration introduces the 10th anniversary and an exciting shift for 2024. – Click the link to get your tickets!

Visit the link for event details and ticket information!

Ethiopian Association in the Greater Toronto Area and Surrounding Regions represents an estimated 60,000 first- and second-generation Canadians people of Ethiopian origin, in and around Toronto, participating in every walk of life in this great province of ours. The Association has been providing essential community and social services programs to this community Ethiopian-Canadians and other diverse immigrants communities in the area and other nationals since its establishment in 1981.The Association will celebrate the 128th Anniversary of the great Victory of Adwa, where the Ethiopian people defeated the colonial Italian Army in 1896. This victory was not only the victory of Ethiopians but also the victory of all Africans,  the Caribbean, and the Pacific over entire colonial powers. Needless to say, it was also a great inspiration for black Americans’ emancipation in the U.S. We, Ethiopians in Canada will be celebrating this great victory day on February 25th, 2024 in Toronto at 237 Sackville St. at 2: 30 pm, hope that you will be able to join us with friends and families alike.

The Board of Directors of the Association, our community members and volunteers are very delighted to extend a humble invitation to participate in our celebration.

We look forward to having the honor of your presence at this important event in Our Community and thank you in advance.

Visit the website for details!

Visit the website for details!

The Inside-Out (The Black Employment Support Program) supports members of the Black community who face barriers to employment due to socioeconomics, justice involvement, and limited opportunities.

Event Date: February 27, 2024
Event Time: 10:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: BBPA 180 Elm Street, Toronto, ON

Visit the link to register here!

Visit the website for details.

For detailed information, please contact: Cell: 647-389-5089 Email: or register here!

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Join us for the Fifth annual ACBN Legacy Symposium brings together Black community leaders and entrepreneurs. The discovery sessions led by Afro Caribbean Business Network (ACBN)EDGE Entrepreneurship Hub, and Sheridan’s Pilon School of Business (PSB) — have been designed to foster dialogue within the key areas of business: obtaining finance, attracting the right customers, bringing key people onto your team and optimizing business processes.

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with industry leaders, access exclusive networking opportunities, learn strategies for building a sustainable business and enhance their influential growth, during both virtual and in-person conference sessions. Keynote speakers include Dr. George C. Fraser, CEO and Founder of FraserNet, Inc. and Peter Trevor Wilson.

Visit the link for details and ticket purchase!

Elevate Her Conference is a conference for Black Women. Put on by Black Women Connect Vancouver (BWCV), Black Business Association of British Columbia (BBABC) and Synergy Executive & Boards Consulting Group, this conference is an engaging and interactive event.Attendees are encouraged to build relationships and learn from one another, while actively participating in sessions and experiences that foster growth and creativity. Aspiring and established leaders will redefine leadership by exploring how we are all leaders in our individual spheres.

March 8th & 9th – Get your tickets here!

We will be holding our 8th annual 1UP Toronto Conference event on Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th in downtown Toronto at 80 Cooperage St, Toronto ON, M5A 0J3. The 1UP Toronto Conference is a free event open to all high school students within Ontario.

As part of the two-day event, we will have a scavenger hunt, design jam, networking, trivia games, and more! It is a great opportunity for students to meet professionals and other high school students interested in city-building and related career paths (eg. urban planning, architecture, engineering, and design) while having lots of fun! The winning team of the design jam will win a cash prize of $300 and 3D printed trophies.
For more information and to register, please visit our website: 

The inaugural BSO Symposium is set for April 2, 2024 at the spectacular state-of-the-art venue, the Toronto Region Board of Trade. The BSO Symposium is not just an event; it’s a movement, and the first of its kind. Spread over two days, the Symposium will offer:

  • Interviews, keynotes, and inspiring performances
  • Workshops and roundtables
  • Purposeful networking and fantastic parties
Purchase your tickets here!

Healthy leadership is an ecosystem cultivator. Thriving leaders generate rippling impact beyond the four-walls of their organization and their choices can catalyze positive change across the Employment Services Ecosystem, influencing jobseekers, employers, and community.This day of inspiring and thought-provoking conversation attracts hundreds of government, industry and sector leaders, professionals, educators, funders, and researchers. Together, we explore new challenges and opportunities to advance workforce development in Ontario.

The Summit will take place on April 16th at Metro Toronto Convention Centre! Purchase your tickets here! 

We are so excited to invite you back to Nonprofit Driven, and look forward to connecting with you on May 14-15, 2024 at the Toronto Reference Library. As nonprofits continue to face daunting challenges and navigate rapidly changing contexts, let’s get together to dream big about how we can shape the future of our sector.

Our conference is Ontario’s largest nonprofit public policy forum, where you can expect to dig into topics that span from advocacy to social finance. Most importantly, Nonprofit Driven is a space to have fun, gain insights from diverse sector leaders, and contribute to the collective heartbeat that sustains nonprofit work! We will be releasing information about sessions, opportunities to network, plenaries, and workshops in the coming months.

Visit the website for details and ticket information!

Mark your calendar! The dates for the 4th National Black Canadians Summit have now been announced. We look forward to seeing you September 6 – 8, 2024 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, in Québec.

Stay tuned

#SPCN2024 À vos agendas ! Les dates du 4e Sommet pancanadien des communautés noires sont désormais annoncées. Nous avons hâte de vous voir les 6, 7 et 8 septembre 2024 au Palais des congrès.

Restez à l’affût

Funding Opportunities

As part of our Youth Education Program, EDC provides up to 20 scholarships a year to international business post-secondary students at Canadian universities and colleges, and 7 scholarships to post-secondary students representing the next generation of community champions from a diversity of backgrounds. 

Each scholarship is worth $5,000. Applications are now open for the 2024/2025 academic year.

The deadline for applying is March 1, 2024. Visit the website for details.

Media Arts Projects are being funded by the Toronto Arts Council. The program supports not-for-profit organizations and ad hoc groups, collectives that present, document or disseminate the work of professional Ontario media artists, or that provide media artists with professional development opportunities. The program has three categories: 

  • Presentation
  • Professional Development
  • Publication

Deadline is March 14th, 2024. Visit the website for more details.

Youth-Led Community Crisis Response Fund
The City of Toronto empowers youth-led initiatives addressing community crises. Apply for funding to make a difference in your neighborhood. Visit the City of Toronto
website for the latest application deadlines.

Scholarship and Mentorship Program
for Black Students

We’re committed to creating a more equitable and inclusive environment for Black professionals, ensuring they feel a genuine sense of belonging and can fulfill their full potential. Visit the
website for details.
Deadline: February 29, 2024

Community Network Grant
The Office of Equity and Anti-Racism’s (OEA) Community Network Grant opened grant applications to provide a virtual space to better connect communities with each other and with the government for meaningful, sustained dialogue.
Grants of up to $25,000 per project are available, with total program funding of $250,000 in 2023-24. The deadline for applications is March 8. Visit
website for details.

Black Entrepreneur Program
The Black Opportunity Fund supports Black entrepreneurs in their business ventures. Explore opportunities for funding and resources. Please check the Black Opportunity Fund
website for the latest application deadlines.

BOF Black Business Loan Program
The BOF Black Business Loan Program offers financial support to Black-owned businesses. Apply now to access capital for your enterprise. Visit the Black Opportunity Fund
website for application deadlines.

Your Black Artrepreneur Program
The Your Black Artrepreneur Program empowers Black artists and creatives. Apply for support to turn your artistic vision into reality. Visit the Community Navigating While Black
website for application deadlines.

Black Entrepreneurship and Skilled Trades Foundation Program
The B.E.S.T program aims to prepare the next generation of Black identified entrepreneurs and young business leaders to launch successful businesses in the Skilled Trades. We are seeking applicants who are passionate with a desire to take their business to the next level. Successful candidates will possess an entrepreneurial mindset as well as a commitment to learn more. Please review our Application Page or contact us at
Visit the website for details.

Creative Communities Projects
The Creative Communities Projects program provides funding to Toronto-based professional artists, artist collectives and non-profit organizations to pursue one-time or time-limited arts projects that enable public participation and engagement in arts and culture. The maximum grant available in this program is $15,000. Visit the
website for details.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2024

Youth Innovations Scale Grant
Scale your successful project with a proven model to expand your reach or enhance your impact on young people. Visit the
website for details.
Deadline: April 17, 2024

Youth Innovations Test Grant
Find solutions to issues facing young people. Research important issues, explore different approaches, and test new ideas.Visit the
website for details. 
Deadline: April 17, 2024

Employment Opportunities

Organizational Development Coordinator (Bilingual), CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals 
Born out of CEE’s reflective journey – from the grassroots organization to the leading Black-focused, Black-led, & Black-serving (B3) organization that paves the way for Black Excellence through advocacy and systemic changes, the Sector Leadership Team plays a critical role in achieving CEE’s strategic objectives and future growth plans.
Under the Organizational Development Lead’s guidance, the Organizational Development Coordinator works closely with B3 grassroots and non-profit organizations to ensure the delivery and administration of the Trusteeship and Organization Mentorship programs/projects are met.

Visit the website for job details and application instructions.
Salary: CA $48,000 – $50,000
Deadline: February 26, 2024

Managing Partner/Investment Principal, Black Opportunity Fund
The Managing Partner will report to the Investment Directors and Investment Committee of BOF Capital. The position is responsible for overseeing the investments, and the team of investment associates & investment analysts of BOF Capital, including the investment portfolio of portfolio businesses. The position and investments will be guided by the BOF Capital Investment Policy.

Visit the website for job details and application instructions.

Social Planner, Community Development Halton
Social Planning is a program of Community Development Halton (CDH) that helps communities identify strengths and challenges using social research methods and community development approaches and determines ways to improve the quality of life in community.
This is hybrid position that reports to the Executive Director. Cover letter and resumes can be submitted to with subject line social planner.Visit the website for job details and application instructions.
Deadline: March 1, 2024

Grants Administrator, Maytree
Our Community Investment and Engagement team is growing and we’re looking for a new Grants Administrator.
Position and application details are here:

Wage: CA $55,000-$65,000

Closing date: ASAP

Grants & Foundations, Senior Coordinator, FoodShare
Reporting to the Development Manager, the Senior Coordinator of Grants & Foundations will play a key role to identify, define, develop and secure funding sources from public and private foundations, government and corporate grants
Visit the

website for job details and application instructions.
Salary: CA $61,250
Deadline: March 4, 2024

Investment Analyst, Foundation for Black Communities
Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer, the Investment Analyst works closely with the Board in the development of investment strategies, policies and procedures that align the Foundation’s mission and vision.Visit the website for job details and application instructions.
Salary: CA $90,000
Deadline: Ongoing

Volunteer Board Member, FoodShare
FoodShare Toronto is currently seeking Black and Indigenous candidates to join our Board of Directors
Visit the website for job details and application instructions.
Deadline: Ongoing

Steering Committee Members (Unpaid), Black Creek Community Farm
This year, we are looking for individuals with experience and a background in one or more of the following areas:

  • Experience with executive leadership, governance, and/or serving on the board of a non-profit organization
  • Finance / Accounting (e.g., knowledge of financial reporting and accounting principles)
  • Fundraising
  • Agriculture
  • Community Engagement

Click here to access the application or visit Black Creek Community Farm, receive a hardcopy to fill out, and drop it off to one of our BCCF staff.

Deadline: March 5, 2024, at 5:00PM.

Board of Directors – Volunteer, Access Employment
Do you have experience in change management, and/or the legal or health systems? Want to make a difference in the health and well-being of Toronto’s newcomer communities?
Apply today to join Access Alliance’s Board of Directors.
To apply:

Open Student Positions – Ase Community for Black People with Disabilities
The ASE Community is seeking to fill multiple student positions relating to internships, research opportunities and becoming part of a Steering Committee. Visit the ASE Community
website for job details and application instructions.
Application Deadline: ASAP

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