Here’s What’s Happening In January

 

 

 

In This Months Issue:

 

Upcoming Events: Black to the Future 2023 Summit, We Have Relaunched our Blog!
Sector News: Key Statistics on Canada’s Charity and Non-Profit Sector 2023, Blackbaud’s True North Webinar Series Compliance and Receipting for Canadian Charities 2023, Community Services Recovery Fund Applications Due by February 21, 2023
External Events: Diversity Expo: Black Business Edition, A Taste of Spice in the Winter, Information Session on the Future of the Community Coordination Plan 
Funding Opportunities: Several opportunities for non-profits to start the year

 

 

BTTF Updates

 

Black to the Future 2023 Summit 

 

 

Last year we pivoted during the pandemic embracing the “New Normal” and focusing on a “Rapid Rebound” to remain relevant and sustainable. The pandemic forced many of us to pause and re-evaluate how we take care of ourselves effectively while taking care of others. We saw a significant rise in Black Mental Health and Anti-Black Racism advocacy within the Black Community as the pandemic exposed the many systemic challenges and gaps faced by the Black community 

This year we want to acknowledge and challenge (B3) Black-led, Black- focused and Black-serving leaders to evolve by recognizing that a significant part of the Mental Health and Anti- Black racism work includes “Balance, Breaks and Boundaries” (B3) to be effective and efficient in our service.

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all updates on the summit!

 

 

We Relaunched Our Blog!

 

 

We are thrilled to relaunch our blog and share monthly pieces from Black to the Future’s team and industry professionals! This month we are focused on finding ways to improve our work-life balance in the new year. 

We often hear reports and see articles that stress the importance of achieving a work-life balance, but how can we truly accomplish this when there’s always one more phone call or one more email that requires our attention?

Read the full piece on our blog.

 

 

Non-Profit News

 

Key Statistics on Canada’s Charity and Non-Profit Sector 2023

 

The Canadian charity and non-profit sectors are an important part of the Canadian economy and have a huge impact on the lives of Canadians. With the registered charity sector (approximately 86,000 organizations), the public has relatively up-to-date and detailed information. Unfortunately, with the 80-100,000 non-profits that are not registered charities (we don’t even know how many there are), we have almost no information on the size and scope of that sector and there is little transparency on individual non-profits that are not registered charities…

Read the full article here.

 

 

Blackbaud’s True North Webinar Series Compliance and Receipting for Canadian Charities 2023

 

Legal compliance is important for all Canadian organizations. For registered charities, there is an added layer of CRA concerns that they must be prepared to navigate. With fundraising executives and social good leaders balancing competing priorities, staying on top of important issues related to grants, books and records, gifts in-kind, and receipting can be challenging, and potentially costly. By covering the top compliance concerns for charities, this session will help you navigate key considerations in plain language…

Read the full article here.

 

 

Community Services Recovery Fund Applications Due by February 21, 2023

 

The Government has provided the Canadian Red Cross, United Way Canada and Community Foundations of Canada with a total of $400 million to create a Community Services Recovery Fund. The fund is available to both charities and non-profits that are not charities. This is different from previous iterations, except for the Canadian Red Cross, which funded a large number of qualified donees (non-profits that are not charities) over the last few years… 

Read the full article here.

 

 

External Events

 

Diversity Expo: Black Business Edition
In celebration of Black History Month, Procurement Assistance Canada (PAC) Ontario Region and partners will host a collaborative expo to support the growth of Black entrepreneurs and small businesses. The virtual expo will include presentations, panel discussions and break out rooms with federal (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern OntarioBusiness Development Bank CanadaExport Development Canada) and community partners to highlight key resources, tools and opportunities to grow their businesses.

Register here.

 

 

A Taste of Spice in the Winter
On January 28th and February 11th, 2023 AGATA Resource Centre. Inc., will be hosting three food vendors events in the city of Scarborough. January 28th event will be hosted at Scarborough Centre For Healthy Communities, located at 2660 Eglinton Avenue East. M1K2S3. The February 11th event will be hosted at 850 Tapscott Road at the POP Cultural Center. All three events start at 10am to 5pm.

Learn more.

 

 

INFORMATION SESSION on the future of the Community Coordination Plan

United Way Greater Toronto and the City of Toronto will host an information session on the future of the Community Coordination Plan (Cluster tables) as we enter 2023.  The session will highlight 2022 agency and stakeholder feedback and articulate some shifts to the model as we emerge from the height of the pandemic.

Cluster participating agencies should register for the session which will be hosted via Zoom – please complete the following: https://forms.office.com/r/VCwLBNJ8x6.  Once agencies have registered then they will receive the zoom link.  Questions can be directed to Patricia at pmamantar@uwgt.org.

 

 

Funding Opportunities

 

Resilient Communities Fund 

The Resilient Communities Fund supports community-based organizations that deliver programs and services in Ontario and need funding to recover and build capacity, resilience and sustainability.

Eligible applicants can apply for a grant to develop and implement medium to long-term plans that address current organizational challenges they are facing to recover and build resilience.


Youth Opportunities Fund
YOF provides grants and capacity-building to grassroots groups and collaboratives to improve the wellbeing of youth and families with a focus on Indigenous and Black communities. View current opportunities here. 


Capital Grant
Apply for a Capital grant to help your non-profit organization address a community need by improving the infrastructure Ontarians need to thrive. Whether it’s purchasing equipment, building a new space, or completing renovations, retrofits or repairs, Capital grants support projects that will have a positive impact in your community.


Investment Readiness Program 
In 2019-2021, the Government of Canada piloted the Investment Readiness Program (IRP) as a core initiative under the broader Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy. The program distributed $50 million to social purpose organizations (charities, non-profits, social enterprises, for-profits with a social purpose, and co-operatives) to help build their capacity to participate in Canada’s growing social finance market.


Community Services Recovery Fund

United Way Greater Toronto is proud to be taking part in the Community Services Recovery Fund, a collaboration between United Way Centraide Canada, Canadian Red Cross, and Community Foundations of Canada to provide funding to Community Service Organizations, including non-profit organizations, Indigenous Governing Bodies, and Registered Charities located across Canada. The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what charities and non- profits need right now and supports organizations as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Service Organizations can apply from January 6, 2023 until 8:00 p.m. eastern time on February 21, 2023.

 

Connect with Us!

 

At Black to the Future, we love connecting with our community of practice, and sharing events and opportunities that benefit our community. By connecting with us on social media, you’ll be first to know about our events, partnerships, programs and any other resources we may come across!

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