Metcalf Foundation News
Summer 2021
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As we begin to emerge from this long dark year, we are reflecting on what this time has taught us.

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.

President and CEO
Inclusive Local Economies

With his Innovation Fellowship concluding this past year, we wanted to look back at the remarkable work John has led, celebrate our long-standing partnership and his many accomplishments, and express our deep gratitude.

Performing Arts
Feature Publication

We are delighted to announce the release of Art and the World After This by Innovation Fellow David Maggs, which makes the case for grounding the arts firmly in action as a powerful force for creating a better world.

Feature Publication

A newly released landmark study, led by Nature United and supported by Metcalf, showcased the potential for natural climate solutions to offer powerful and cost-effective ways to tackle the climate crisis.


Jennie Tao joined the Metcalf Foundation in May 2021, bringing over a decade of experience working in communications, marketing, and fundraising roles at foundations and non-profit organizations.

Environment Highlights

The Narwhal continues to make big waves in Canada’s media and journalism landscape.

Performing Arts Highlights
Performing Arts

We are pleased to announce the eight Toronto-based performing arts companies and organizations accepted into Stage 2 of Staging Change 2020.

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The Metcalf Foundation office is located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. Today, the meeting place of "Tkaronto" (Toronto) continues to be home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to work together on this land.