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.


Elizabeth_McIsaac_spotlight Maytree welcomes Elizabeth McIsaac as its new president

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth McIsaac as Maytree’s next president and are happy to welcome her back to the foundation. Elizabeth will lead the development and strengthening of Maytree’s anti-poverty and community-building work through our own activities and support of our community partners.

AlanSpotlight Maytree Opinion, October 2014: Community sector would do well to focus on urban issues

With the election of John Tory as Toronto’s next mayor, we can expect a new kind of leadership at City Hall. However, as strong a leader and collaborator as John Tory may be, he won’t be able to succeed on his own, writes Alan Broadbent in this month’s Maytree Opinion.

focus_spotlight Maytree Newsletter - October 2014

Read Caledon’s commentary on income splitting; how Tamarack is one of Maytree’s most established partners in its fight against poverty; a review of the publication Complexity and Community Change: Managing Adaptively to Improve Effectiveness; and Shelley Zuckerman’s report from the Collective Impact Summit.

Pedro-Barata-photo Five Good Ideas for Getting Your Issues on the Public Policy Dance Floor

In the latest Five Good Ideas session, Pedro Barata, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, United Way Toronto, discussed how to approach getting your ideas heard by policy makers.

photo: City of Toronto with cartoon weightlifter Why Canada's big cities need to muscle up

CBC News reporter, Susan Ormiston, spoke to Maytree’s Alan Broadbent and others about the little power municipal leaders actually have.

who_votes_spotlight Who Votes in Toronto Municipal Elections?

This new study conducted for Maytree by Ryerson University Professor Myer Siemiatycki and geographic analyst Sean Marshall explores the connection between municipal voting behaviour and some of Toronto’s prime demographic characteristics like immigrant status, visible minority identity, income and home ownership.

Ryerson University New Ryerson-Maytree initiative set to advance the inclusion of immigrants and visible minorities

Maytree is pleased to announce the creation of the Ryerson Maytree Global Diversity Exchange at Ryerson University. This new initiative, led by Ratna Omidvar as its founding Executive Director, will be housed at the Ted Rogers School of Management’s Diversity Institute.

Perspectives_Alan_spotlight The Many Faces of Leadership in a Thriving City: A Rethink of the Toronto Narrative

Toronto residents have been told over and over that their City faces a leadership crisis. They are told that Council is dysfunctional and that the city is failing. This narrative misses the mark, argues Alan Broadbent in the second in a series of IMFG Pre-Election Perspectives papers.


Five Good Ideas about Survey Research – Asking the Right Questions

November 19, 2014 – Five Good Ideas session with Keith Neuman, Executive Director at the Environics Institute for Survey Research. How do we effectively design surveys to reach target populations, and make sense of the data collected?

Webinar: Generation to Generation: Empowering Newcomer Youth and Families

October 30, 2014 – Join Cities of Migration for a webinar to learn about award-winning programs from Wellington, New Zealand, and Toronto, Canada, that improve language and digital literacy for immigrant families and youth.

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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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