Green Future Fund
Raising Money, Giving Tools, Providing Advice
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They’re the environment’s frontline heroes, working the grassroots of every community with tiny budgets and unlimited passion. But Covid-19 has grounded Canada’s small, local non-governmental organizations (ENGOS). They’ve had to rethink how they work and how they raise money for their work.
The Green Future Fund is the environmental community’s response, with donations, information and strategies to keep them going, so they can help make Canada’s recovery a green one.
Whether you need help or can give it, now’s the time for our community to be one.
Amplify Your Impact
Our funders will amplify your donations
We’ve connected with our Foundation partners who will amplify donations received through our Green Future Fund program. Donations made through our platform are tax-deductible. All donors will automatically receive their tax receipt through email immediately upon donation processing.
What colour will our recovery be?
As people try to look beyond the pandemic, much of the talk revolves around the need for governments to lead a major economic recovery.
We prefer a Green and Just Recovery — one that creates millions of family-sustaining green jobs, lifts standards of living, accelerates a just transition off fossil fuels, ensures a controlling stake for the public in private sector bailout plans, and helps make our society and economy stronger and more resilient in the face of pandemic, recession, and climate emergency in the years ahead.
Who Are We?
We are leaders of small to medium-sized environmental groups from across Canada who know the power of working together. That’s how we’ve created green solutions in our communities, and it’s why we lead the way in creating a green, prosperous future for our communities and country.
Shortly after the Covid-19 crisis hit, we decided it was time to work together to navigate through it, as we face similar problems and need similar resources and tools. So we’re sharing knowledge and creating the tools needed to continue rebuilding and renewing safe, secure and healthy communities.
A Greener Future
Friends of the Rouge
Halton Environment Network
Lung Association of NB
New Brunswick Environmental Network
Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition
Sustainable Eastern Ontario
Wellington Water Watchers
Unlike larger environmental organizations, many of Canada’s local ENGOs simply don’t have the resources to navigate through this crisis.
They don’t have:
- access to financial advisors to help them navigate complicated government programs.
- enough staff to research, rethink, and redesign how they work in a COVID world.
- fundraising departments or access to charitable partnerships that would allow them to issue tax receipts.
The work funded through the Green Future Fund helps build capacity and lets you give (and get a tax receipt) so that these vital local groups keep punching above their weight.
We’ve led organizations like yours, small to medium-sized ENGOs. We know you’re strapped and can’t keep up with what’s out there, or waste your time on researching things that aren’t relevant.
So we’ve hand-picked resources specifically to help you navigate the COVID crisis.
Suggestions? let us know, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Government Programs
Federal Government Covid-19 Measures
A summary of all existing federal programs that apply to non-profits and charities.
Wage Subsidy Q and A
A helpful document for those thinking of applying.
Tips for CEW Application
This provides some tips about calculating organizational revenue to find out whether you qualify, specifically how to deal with multi-year grants and annual donations.
Canada Emergency Business Account
This helps you apply for a $40,000 loan.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy FAQs/ Technical Guide
This guide helps you prepare for the application process.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Application Guide
This guide walks you through the application process.
Framing Covid: Talking about what comes next
This short piece provides some excellent ideas about framing your communications and reinforces insights made by Louis Comeau in her powerpoint presentation.
Keeping Healthy and Connected During Times of Crisis
This is a PDF of a DSF webpage from May 6 2020 that uses Louise Comeau's suggested framing.
April 23 Communicating in a Pandemic
A powerpoint presentation by Louise Comeau about the most effective frames and words to use during the Covid crisis.
Covid 19 Resources for Canadian Fundraisers
This is a comprehensive list of resources, with a short summary for each resource.
Summary of Veritus Group Fundraising Webinar
Key highlights and takeaways from the 60 minute webinar on March 24 relevant to ENGO leaders.
Organizing Online Events during the Pandemic
The full title says it all: “A Comprehensive List of Tips, Tools and Examples for Event Organizers during the Coronavirus Outbreak.”
Building Virtual Communities: Beginner Toolkit
Easy-to-read but comprehensive, this toolkit helps you take the first steps in creating activist virtual communities.
How Nonprofits can Facilitate Inclusive Online Gatherings
An easy to read and great overview of how to organize and run online gatherings for 5 to 500 people.
Governance and Managing
Leading Through Crisis
Four mentors with Innoweave offer 1-pagers on how to lead during Covid.
Covid-19 and Mental Health
A collection of articles designed to help you and your staff.
Scenario Budgeting Template
A simple, well designed spreadsheet to help you plan various budget scenarios.
Actions for Nonprofit Boards
Written in mid March, this is a good checklist for what your board can do to help.
NGO Sector-wide Advocacy
Stabilizing the nonprofit sector to rebuild after COVID-19
The landing page to ONN’s advocacy work.
Letter to PM Requesting $8 billion Emergency Fund for NGOs
Scroll down about two-thirds of the way and you can send a letter to the PM.
As we go through profound feelings of anxiety, loneliness, discouragement and even grief in these difficult times, we take comfort in the generosity and encouragement of our financial supporters. They’re proof that we can work together to help rebuild and re-imagine a safe and healthy future.
The Trottier Family Foundation
The North Family Foundation
Our Project Partner
The Green Future Fund is a project of the Small Change Fund, which helps community advocates accomplish innovative solutions to important environmental issues. Much more than a platform, the Small Change Fund is people: leaders and experts whose experience, knowledge, and connections make campaigns soar.
We’re Here To Help
… with ideas, perspective, and advice culled from decades of in-the-trench environmental work. So send your queries, or feedback about this program here. We’ll try to respond soon.