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.


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.

AlanSpotlight Maytree Opinion, June 2015: Hearing voices

Every day in every community across Canada people are working to make things better. They’re well versed in describing problems, designing solutions, and speaking out. Unfortunately, as Alan Broadbent writes, it seems that people in power are equally as good at ignoring them. For some reason, only certain voices seem to register. To see whose voices are heard, you only have to look at the recent fight around carding.

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.


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