Canadian philanthropy is building COVID-19 resources that paint up-to-date portraits of our sector’s landscape - why not learn from each other? With this in mind, Philanthropy Responds is your peer learning hub. Find innovative and inspirational stories, resources, and lessons learned.
What We've Learned
The Jimmy Pratt Foundation
St. John's, NL
PwC Canada Foundation
The Sitka Foundation
Five Guiding Principles
Philanthropic Foundations Canada, Environment Funders Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada highlights four guiding principles to assist foundations in supporting their grantees.
1. Be flexible, pragmatic, and proactive in grant-making
- Convert restricted grants to unrestricted funds or, at a minimum, loosen restrictions on existing grants.
- Demonstrate flexibility in reporting timelines and deliverables.
- Accelerate payment schedules (regardless of upheavals in the market).
- Simplify application guidelines.
- Provide unrestricted emergency grants to existing partners and expand funding scope.
- Continue whenever possible regular grant-making cycles to protect the operational capacity of partners.
2. Collaborate on or contribute to emergency funds at the community and national levels as they emerge.
- Avoid duplication and red tape. Reach out to partners and look for practical ways to enhance funding on the ground.
- Amplify the essential and lead role of public health agencies and governments. 3) Stretch and deploy expertise and funds to protect the capacity and resilience of nonprofit and charitable organizations.
3. Stretch and deploy expertise and funds to protect the capacity and resilience of nonprofit and charitable organizations.
- Offer expertise and funding tools, including endowments and assets, to support the capacity of partners to manage cash flow and preserve or augment operations during the crisis.
- Provide bridge funding, loans, equity investments, impact investments and core funding for partners to reorganize operations.
- Resource and support Indigenous leadership and organizations doing their work in the context of pre-existing health and welfare disparities and a history of pandemics in Indigenous communities.
- Take risks and invest in nonprofit organizations in new ways, with a goal to build and strengthen community-led infrastructure for a more inclusive and liveable post-recovery Canada.
4. Support advocacy.
- Support and amplify community-based organizations so that their needs are heard and met. This is particularly true for equity-seeking groups, notably Indigenous communities and Indigenous-led organizations, as well as organizations led by Black people, people of color, queer, and non-binary people.
- Understand and support the imperative for public policymakers to deliver sustainable, equitable, just responses, and programs. Employers, workers, women, newcomers, and others need responses that bridge gaps now and that set up for a positive and progressive recovery. No one can be left behind.
5. Take the long view and stay engaged.
- Provide emergency funding AND take the long view;
- Remain open to addressing the gaps and needs that will emerge post-crisis in periods of stabilization, recovery, and rejuvenation;
- Invest time and energy to notice, make visible, and share with others new ways and norms of approaching our work that result in deep change and can be scaled up toward equity and justice in the months and years to come.
More COVID-19 Response Resources
Find robust response resources from the partners behind the Philanthropy Responds Initiative:
Read the latest COVID-19 developments affecting PFC’s philanthropic community.
It is a difficult moment for communities in Canada and around the world. With the declaration of a COVID-19 pandemic, we want to share information about the steps we are taking to support community foundations as well as updates about our operations during the crisis.
View news and resources from the Environment Funders Canada to help navigate this crisis.
In response to the global pandemic, The Circle has been working alongside our partners in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors to develop guiding principles to assist foundations in supporting grantees carry on their important work in communities throughout and after the crisis.