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.

Maytree. For Leaders. For Change.


Alan and Elizabeth Maytree Opinion, July 2015: Canada has miles to go on human rights, UN says

A recent report by the UN Human Rights Committee is a stark reminder that Canada still has a long way to go to fulfill its obligations to protect human rights. Focusing on rights that are inalienable and universal is important. As Alan Broadbent and Elizabeth McIsaac write, this is how we affirm the minimum standard of dignity for people in Canada. By promoting and protecting human rights, we also create a strong basis for finding durable solutions to poverty.

Citylinx_spotlight Maytree blog: Connecting Toronto’s city builders

While there are many organizations involved in building a stronger region, they’re not easy to find or connected with each other – until now. The Ryerson City Building Institute has just released Citylinx, a new online resource intended to improve awareness and build capacity among city building organizations.

scholarship_2015_spotlight Maytree blog: Maytree Scholarship Program: Opening doors to new futures

On June 26, Maytree scholarship alumni, along with friends and supporters, gathered to recognize the most recent group of scholarship recipients. In her speech, Maytree Vice-Chair and founder of the scholarship program, Judy Broadbent, spoke about the passion, kindness and dedication of the graduating students.

spotlight_hearing_voices Maytree Newsletter - June 2015

Read more about the release of Caledon’s Canada Social Report; a Canadian view of income inequality and its international implications; how child benefits in Canada have been diluted; and why tackling poverty means more than just meeting basic needs. Also catch up on useful news and resources.

Engaging_Volunteers_FGI_spotlight Five Good Ideas about engaging today’s volunteers

David Allen, Executive Director, Volunteer Toronto, presented his five ideas for finding, motivating and retaining enough of the right volunteers to meet your non-profit’s priorities and policies.

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.


What is the Canada Social Report and how to use it in your poverty reduction work?

Aug. 26 – In this free Tamarack webinar, Caledon’s Sherri Torjman and Anne Makhoul will give you a tour of the content available on the just released Canada Social Report.

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.

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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.

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