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.


Alan and Elizabeth Maytree Opinion, October 2015: A time for rights

On October 20, Canadians woke up with a new sense of optimism and great expectations. But we need to be realistic about how fast change can happen on issues that matter to progressives. Over much of the last decade progressive Canadian values have been protected by the courts, and it is encouraging to think of the opportunity for our new government to strengthen our rights further.

Paid-Sick-Days-for-All-spotlight Maytree blog: Paid sick days improve health for all

Under current law in Ontario, no worker has the right to paid sick days. Not a single day. Not a single one of us. The good news is that we have an unprecedented opportunity to change this. The Ontario Government is reforming our employment laws under the Changing Workplaces Review. Healthcare providers and advocates are mobilizing across the province to call for legislated paid sick days as part of the Fight for $15 & Fairness campaign.

newpaper_spotlight Maytree blog: Newsmaking for non-profits – getting your issue covered

Last week we spoke with Rob Steiner, director of the Munk School Fellowships in Global Journalism and former Wall Street Journal correspondent, who shared some insights on what’s happening in newsrooms today, and the opportunities they reveal for us as non-profits.

Creative_briefs_blog Maytree Newsletter - October 2015

Registration for Maytree’s 2015 conference “Connecting for Change” is now open. If you’re working on a poverty-related issue and are looking to connect with others to advance the movement, we hope you’ll join us on December 10. Also, find out about a campaign calling for improved sick leave policies, the latest on Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, and what ACORN is doing to close the digital divide. All of this and more in this month’s newsletter!

digital_divide_spotlight Maytree blog: It’s time to close the digital divide

Countries around the world recognize access to the internet as an essential tool for participation in a modern democratic society. The UN considers it a human right. At the same time, a “digital divide” is emerging between high- and low-income Canadians. Find out what ACORN is doing about it.

FGI-Public-Speaking-spotlight Five Good Ideas about Public Speaking

In this session, David Leonard, Director of Events and Special Projects at The Walrus, shared some of the tips he uses for preparing some of Canada’s top thinkers to present their ideas on stages across the country.


Five Good Ideas about Major Gift Fundraising

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

2015 Maytree Conference: Connecting for Change

Dec. 10 – Join us for an opportunity to come together to enhance our collective antipoverty work.

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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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