In This Months Issue:


New From BTTF: New Blog: 5 Black-Led Canadian Organizations You NEED to Know
Sector News: Which Canadian charities received the most revenue from Provincial Governments in 2020?, Vox Article “Why is there so much secrecy in philanthropy?” is definitely worth reading
External Events: Black Seed Summit, Out the Trenches: Youth Printing Program,Toronto Community Crisis Panel Discussion,Culturally Appropriate Mental Health, Amplify 2023
Funding Opportunities: Several opportunities for non-profits are coming up!



New From BTTF


New Blog: 5 Black-Led Canadian Organizations You NEED to Know



Ontario is home to a number of amazing non-profit organizations led by Black individuals. These organizations are staples in the community, working tirelessly to make a positive impact on the lives of Black Canadians and help build a more inclusive and equitable society. In this article, we’ll be profiling five of these organizations and highlighting their incredible work. 

Read the full piece on our blog.



Non-Profit News


Which Canadian charities received the most revenue from Provincial Governments in 2020?


In the article, Which Canadian charities received the most revenue from Provincial Governments in 2020?, we provide a list of Canadian registered charities that received the greatest amount from the various provincial governments in Canada…

Read the full article here.



Vox article “Why is there so much secrecy in philanthropy?” is definitely worth reading


A recent Vox Article, “Why is there so much secrecy in philanthropy? Annual top donor lists don’t always include the top donors. A philanthropy expert explains why,” has an interesting discussion of major philanthropy (perhaps more mega-philanthropy) and the lack of transparency.   There are some very good quotes from US expert Benjamin Soskis.

Read the full article here.



External Events




Out the Trenches: Youth Printing Program
Participants will be provided with the skills and tools necessary to develop their own design/brand. They will then use their designs to create their own clothing using HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl).

Register here.



Toronto Community Crisis Service Panel Discussion 

The Toronto Community Crisis Service (TCCS) is a new, alternate approach to responding to someone in crisis that focuses on health, prevention, and well-being. The service provides an alternative to police enforcement, creating a community-based, client centred, trauma-informed response to non-emergency crisis calls and wellness checks. We are excited to have Kadiatu Barrie moderate a discussion with Mohamed Shuriye (Manager of Policing Reform Unit, City of Toronto) and Racquel Hamlet (Manager of Toronto Crisis Response, TAIBU).

Learn more.




Culturally Appropriate Mental Health 

Over the past few years, post-slavery societies all over the world have started to recognize the reality of everyday racism that people of African descent experience. This program will help inform Black youth and their families on mental health and illness/distress from culturally relevant perspectives grounded in our diverse African Diaspora cultures.

Join us as we learn from David Grant about some common mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and PTSD. He will share about some of the factors that contribute to distress, including racism, conflict in our relationships, and biology. This program will also provide practical ways to manage mental health distress/illness and prevent distress from occurring, by highlighting healthy methods that our cultures have been using for generations to manage our health.

Register now.




Join us for the 2023 Amplify Leadership Summit on April 17th at Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto! First Work is designing this summit with purposeful growth for our leadership in mind and how we can push the needle in future-proofing our workforces. Don’t miss out on this inspiring day of thought-provoking conversations and networking!

You can look forward to session on topics like:

  • Labour Market & Technology Trends Leaders Need to Know
  • Soft Skills for Leaders
  • Workplace Mental Health for Leadership
  • Forecasting the Future of Work
  • Government Relations and Advocacy

Register now. 



Funding Opportunities


Tenant Action Funds Table

Members of the Tenant Action Funds Tables will include Toronto Community Housing tenants from across the city. They will review tenant funding requests for community projects and initiatives that respond to tenant-identified priorities.

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. Applications open on May 17, 2023.

Youth Opportunities Fund 
Systems change takes time, trust, and a deep understanding of how systems function when serving youth. It takes the insights of many who directly support youth, and those engaged in policy, design and grassroots work to look at the diverse ways to ease the experiences youth have as they navigate and engage with systems. Real change goes beyond any single organization and/or isolated program.  

With a System Innovations grant, collaboratives can help create meaningful, innovative change by delivering projects that benefit youth, while prioritizing Indigenous (First Nation, Métis, Inuit) and Black youth. Applications open on April 3, 2023


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