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Addressing Social Inequities and Environmental Problems

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Addressing Social Inequities and Environmental Problems

Since 2008, the Small Change Fund has worked with over 200 community partners to support more than 230 environmental projects. Now leaders Burkhard Mausberg and Franz Hartmann are using their platform to support those same small but mighty groups as they strive to continue their mission amidst COVID-19. On Tuesday June 9, Mausberg and […]

It is a time to listen, learn and act.

  It is a time to listen, learn and act. We are committed to listening to, learning from and funding grassroots leaders and organizations working to right inequalities in our city. From our last Vital Signs report we know that the majority of Black community members doubt they will be […]

COVID-19 and housing: Will new opportunity emerge from crisis?

COVID-19 could lead to unprecedented levels of homelessness, or it could be Toronto’s best shot at fixing affordable housing. With growing mass unemployment, both renters and mortgage holders have been struggling to make their monthly payments. Toronto’s homeless support system is already under strain and does not have capacity to accommodate any […]

Sharon Avery: In the age of COVID-19, reciprocity is a matter of survival

After my mother died a few years ago, my father’s health quickly declined. As a firefighter, he had dedicated his life to the safety of our community. But with no family close by, he had become isolated and vulnerable. On one of my routine trips home, I pulled into my […]

Community, Culture and COVID-19: ANDPVA

    Physical distancing has put a sharp focus on what we lose when we’re apart, including our access to the healing power of art. The Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA) identifies, promotes, and creates opportunities for Indigenous artists to preserve traditional knowledge and advance […]

Community, Culture and COVID-19: Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto

In COVID-19, many of us are choosing to avoid the hospital in order to ease the burden on frontline healthcare workers and limit our exposure to the virus. But life does not stop, and births continue to happen. Midwives are highly skilled primary health care providers who provide sexual and […]

Mental Health and COVID-19: Breakaway Addiction Services

  In our third research brief, we discuss Toronto’s growing mental health crisis amid COVID-19. The pandemic’s impact is being referred to as a “tsunami” hitting the mental health and addictions sector. Breakaway Addiction Services provides seamless, comprehensive and effective harm reduction services and a full range of addictions treatment […]

Research Brief: COVID-19 and the repercussions for mental health in Toronto

  Concerns about mental health appear to be growing as the pandemic unfolds. Multiple sources indicate that the situation is producing a mental health crisis in Canada and abroad: Mental health related searches on the 211 Central Region website increased by 151% from the first to the third weeks of […]

Toronto Foundation Fundholders spring into action for COVID response

  “This is a moment where anyone who has capacity to give should be listening, learning, and responding, even if it means giving or supporting in an entirely new way.”  – Zahra Ebrahim, Toronto Foundation Fundholder “Canada welcomed my parents when other countries were closing their borders to refugees. Now […]

Food Insecurity and COVID-19: The Stop Community Food Centre

    As we reported in our latest research brief, there is an imminent food crisis in Toronto amid COVID-19. As one of Canada’s first food banks, The Stop Community Food Centre offers a broad range of programs that provide healthy food, foster social connections, build food skills, and promote […]