Maytree is committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada and to building strong civic communities.

We seek to accomplish our objectives by identifying, supporting and funding ideas, leaders and leading organizations that have the capacity to make change and advance the common good.

We invest in leaders to build a Canada that can benefit from the skills, experience and energy of all its people.

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AlanSpotlight Maytree Opinion, August 2015: Five good questions we’d ask at a leaders’ debate

In a campaign where political parties are doing their best to control the discourse, and leaders’ debates focus on questions shaped by debate organizers and sponsors, what gets included in the narrative is as important as what is left out. In this month’s Opinion, Alan Broadbent poses five good questions Maytree would like party leaders to answer during the federal election.

FiveGoodIdeas_Aug2015Blog_spotlight Maytree blog: Kickstart your September with good ideas

In case you haven’t had time to catch up on Five Good Ideas before the new season starts on September 21, you can still watch the videos to access powerful and practical ideas on key issues facing non-profit organizations. Or you can read the highlights compiled by Maytree’s Markus Stadelmann-Elder.

questions_we'd_like_to_ask_spotlight Maytree Newsletter - August 2015

There’s an election underway and we’ve got questions we’d like to ask at a leaders’ debate and community efforts we’re supporting to get poverty on the agenda. Find out what they are, who is kicking off the 2015-16 Five Good Ideas season and the latest in poverty reduction reports — all in this month’s newsletter.

S4C_Aug_2015_spotlight Maytree blog: Getting poverty on the election agenda

Communities across the city are working to get poverty on the election agenda. To support these local initiatives, Maytree has developed and tested a training and facilitation model for engaging communities and leaders active in reducing poverty in the city. Alejandra Bravo outlines the impact of the collective work being done.

ESSF_spotlight Maytree blog: How collaboration, learning and reflection contribute to change

At East Scarborough Storefront, collaboration, learning and reflecting are all key aspects of making effective neighbourhood change. Janet Fitzsimmons and Munira Abid share their insights along with learnings from the Neighbours, Policies & Programs Conference organized by the Tamarack Institute

Mowat_map_May2015_spotlight Study: Where are the hardest places to live in Canada?

Scarce data makes community-level comparisons across Canada difficult. It made mapping a daunting task for Mowat Centre researchers who set out, with funding from Maytree, to create an interactive, evidence-based tool to encourage discussion about inequality. However, despite the data holes, their map draws a striking picture of the considerable differences in the quality of life across the country.


Five Good Ideas about Collective Impact

Sept. 21 – With Liz Weaver, Vice-President, Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement.

Collective Impact Summit (Vancouver)

Sept. 28 – Oct. 2 – Tamarack’s Collective Impact Summit is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic group of practitioners who are discovering new ways to lead, engage, and transform communities by tackling our most complex issues.

Five Good Ideas about Public Speaking

Oct. 23 – With David Leonard, Director of Events and Special Projects, The Walrus

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The Five Good Ideas Book

Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success features a collection of the best ideas from past Five Good Ideas sessions. We’re sure that you’ll find the book a handy quick-reference guide.

Read about it and buy your copy today.

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