Maytree is committed to advancing systemic solutions to poverty and strengthening civic communities.

We take a human rights approach to addressing the systems that create poverty with the ultimate goal of having social and economic rights safeguarded for all people living in Canada.

Our work supports leaders, organizations and civic communities by developing and sharing knowledge; strengthening learning and leading; and mobilizing action to further social and economic rights.


Business man riding umbrella in rough water (iStockphoto) Building a strong board to steer your organization through the rough seas of change

Non-profits organizations with strong governance are more resilient and better prepared to navigate change and disruption. In this blog post, Katarina Vukobratovic, Grants and Program Officer at Maytree, explores what experts have to say about what makes a strong, effective and engaged board of directors.

Puzzle piece photo Focusing on relationships is the foundation for radical change

Relationships matter, and nurturing them is some of the hardest work that we do. In this blog post, Anne Gloger of the Centre for Connected Communities reflects on her experience at the Tamarack Institute’s 2016 Community Change Institute, and how discussions about respectful relationships reaffirmed her beliefs about how to affect positive change.

Alan and Elizabeth Maytree Opinion, September 2016: Reform to criminal justice system must not be forgotten

Our current system of bail and remand can have a dire effect on the life chances of people who have been charged with a crime. The Ontario government has stated that reforming this system is a priority. In this month’s Opinion, Alan Broadbent and Elizabeth McIsaac are encouraged by the promise of an action plan, and argue that we must see more concrete steps towards reform.

Human Rights Maytree Newsletter – September 2016

Read about what happens when charities want to use the formal concepts of human rights to compel the government to take action, the next Five Good Ideas session about leading in a time of disruption, and recommended changes that would put the Charter first in lawmaking. Plus: upcoming conferences, new publications and research, news from our partners and more.

Let's Talk Housing cover Let’s Talk Housing Community Conversations: A discussion guide to support local community conversations

Maytree, in partnership with United Way Centraide-Canada and the Lived Experience Advisory Council, has developed this community discussion guide to facilitate the inclusion of people with diverse housing needs in the Let’s Talk Housing consultation process.

basic_income_spotlight Policy brief: Would a universal basic income reduce poverty?

This policy brief looks to make sense of the competing visions of basic income, what proposed solutions are on the table, how much they would cost and how those proposals differ from what we have today.


Five Good Ideas about leading your organization in a time of disruption

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – with Andrea Barrack Cohen, CEO, Ontario Trillium Foundation

Five Good Ideas: Evaluation in disruptive times

Friday, November 18, 2016 – with Mark Cabaj, President of From Here to There and an Associate of Tamarack

Five Good Ideas about the power of ideas

Monday, December 5, 2016 – Special Five Good Ideas event to celebrate the 100th session and power of good ideas at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon

Quick Links

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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