Long-standing societal issues have been brought into harsh relief. Our country has been galvanized by the inequities, institutional deficits, and rooted injustices the last year has exposed. There’s a renewed urgency to address these structural and systemic issues, as well as move ahead with meaningful action on reconciliation, climate, and equity.
At Metcalf, we are committed to participating in this work, having it inform our approach and priorities, and continuing to listen, learn, and act.
While the resilience our community has demonstrated has been incredible, we know the sector is in a precarious place. Both the urgency of the issues and the need for additional support is great. Philanthropy needs to do more. As one step in this direction, we increased our grants budget by 25% last year and will continue to maintain this level of spending.
This newsletter marks a few of the remarkable achievements by our partners and grantees, successes gained in the midst of challenge. We’ve captured several of these successes in the stories that follow — from the cumulation of over a decade of work by Innovation Fellow John Stapleton, to the release of significant reports, sharing landmark research and new ideas, to The Narwhal continuing to make big waves in Canada’s media and journalism landscape.
While we are not through the woods just yet, we are buoyed at the prospect of reconnecting in person with our community in the not too distant future.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy reading these stories. As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts.