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.

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Sept 2015 newsletter Maytree Newsletter - September 2015

With a spotlight on income supports and their role in poverty reduction, this month’s newsletter also includes details about an initiative that is reducing poverty through micro-enterprise, a new leadership program on economic inequality, and election resources to help you stay informed and engaged.

Elizabeth_McIsaac_spotlight Maytree Opinion, September 2015: Does a guaranteed income protect an individual’s rights?

A crucial part of living a dignified life is having an adequate income. As Elizabeth McIsaac writes, the current discussion around guaranteed income is helpful in shining the light on the accountability of our governments to deliver on the promise they hold with their people. But without a legislative and regulatory framework for protecting rights, the most vulnerable will be left without recourse and without justice.

income-supports-and-poverty-reduction-spotlight Maytree blog: Maytree conversation on income supports and poverty reduction

On September 10 Maytree convened a group of key thinkers on the issue of income supports. The discussion began by looking at the concept of guaranteed income, why it is so popular right now, and what some of the challenges are with implementing it. What emerged is that poverty is not only about income. We also need to consider other factors that contribute to income security such as employment and existing supports.

Together we can (iStock) Five Good Ideas about Collective Impact

The execution of successful collective impact initiatives requires the engagement of catalytic systems leaders who focus on the health of the whole community, understand the complexity of the issue and use data to measure and drive results. In this session, Liz Weaver presented her Five Good Ideas to get you started.

TO_womens_collective_spotlight Maytree blog: Reducing Poverty through Micro-Enterprise: The TO Women’s Collective

Women’s Habitat is working with partners across the city to help low-income women surviving violence transition toward economic stability. From exploring policy alternatives that address social assistance to the Women in Micro-Enterprise project which supports a group of six women to run a collective marketplace, change is already in motion.

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.


Five Good Ideas about Public Speaking

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

Five Good Ideas about Major Gift Fundraising

Nov. 25 – With Franca Gucciardi, CEO, Loran Scholars Foundation

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