Recognizing the incredible contributions nonprofit and grassroots organizations have made over the course of the pandemic, we call upon the City of Toronto, foundations, and other funders of the sector to:
- Convene grassroots organizations, collectives, and community groups to identify the funding challenges they face. These entities have demonstrated the ability to do work the public sector can’t. Trust them and treat them as partners.
- Remove stipulations from grants and funding opportunities that require charitable partners. Allow nonprofit organizations who do the work to receive the funding without a middleman.
- Prioritize supporting recovery efforts with organizations serving marginalized communities and neighbourhoods most affected by the pandemic.