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.


Rights on paper - iStockphoto Maytree blog: Charity is good, justice is better

Adam Vasey, Director of Pathway to Potential outlines why it’s time for policymakers to take the rights-based approach to poverty seriously. Bringing our policies in line with our international obligations will take political courage, but it must be done.

Alan and Elizabeth Maytree Opinion, January 2016: Strategy is talk. Money is action.

With a unanimous vote on the city’s first poverty reduction strategy, Toronto City Council demonstrated its good intentions. The question now is how to pay for it. As Alan Broadbent and Elizabeth McIsaac write, what happens next will reveal how committed Toronto councillors are to accepting their obligations to protect the social and economic rights of all residents in our city.

Two report covers Maytree Newsletter - January 2016

Find out from Maytree Chair Alan Broadbent and President Elizabeth McIsaac why strategy is not enough when it comes to poverty reduction. Also, learn how the next Five Good Ideas can help you future-proof your non-profit and why Maytree is optimistic about 2016. All of this plus the latest news from our partners in this month’s newsletter.

Alan Broadbent at Connecting for Change Reducing poverty: from creating connections to human rights

Alan Broadbent’s welcome address at the 2015 Maytree Conference: Connecting for Change on December 10, 2015 in Toronto.

"Optimism" text on tablet - iStockphoto Reasons to be optimistic in 2016

From supporting grassroots voices through ACORN to celebrating the return of data through the reinstitution of the long-form census and the Caledon Institute’s Canada Social Report, Markus Stadelmann-Elder outlines the many reasons we have to be optimistic about 2016.

executive ball toy - iStock image Five Good Ideas about strong governance for strong organizations

Today, getting the most from your Board is crucial in maintaining and growing your mission. In this Five Good Ideas session, Richard Powers looked at how a strong governance culture can assist this process.


Five Good Ideas about futureproofing your non-profit

Feb. 26 – Five Good Ideas about futureproofing your non-profit with Sanjay Khanna, TSO Futurist-in-Residence

Five Good Ideas about improving your organization's human resources on a budget

Mar. 21 – Five Good Ideas about improving your organization’s human resources on a budget with Rahima Mamdani, Vice President, Human Capital, United Way of Toronto & York Region

Five Good Ideas about creating a good budget

April 27 – Five Good Ideas about creating a good budget with Lois Fine, Director of Finance and Information Technology, YWCA Toronto

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.

Quick links to our partner and project sites