From an increased gender gap in the labour market, to ongoing violence against Black and Indigenous communities, to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19, 2020 has highlighted a need for systemic change across multiple industries and institutions.
As we reflect on the events of the past few months, we can’t help but be amazed by the women and change-makers who continue to lead, demand justice, and develop solutions to challenge barriers and pave new pathways for change, especially in the social impact sector. From supporting child survivors of sexual abuse to fighting voter suppression, here are 10 Canada and U.S.-based organizations that are making a difference and fighting for justice.
We encourage you to learn more about their work, and make a donation toward the mission this #GivingTuesday.
Organizations in Canada
Developing Young Leaders of Tomorrow Today (DYLOTT)
Founded by 2020 Top 25 Women of Influence award recipient Candies Kotchapaw, DYLOTT is a leadership incubator that delivers a variety of youth programs intentionally designed to ensure young Black leaders have the tools to excel in the current and emerging Canadian and International job market. Their programs are designed to address barriers to social inclusion in employment, education and the broader social context.
Little Warriors is a Canadian charitable organization focused on the awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse. It was founded by Glori Meldrum, a two-time RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Social Change Finalist. Little Warriors raises awareness and provides information about child sexual abuse and advocates for and with child suvivors of sexual abuse to ensure the rights, needs and interests of children are respected and protected.
Launched in 2009 at the Clinton Global Initiative, G(irls)20 places young women at the centre of the decision making process. They envision a world in which girls and women are able to participate fully in the economic growth, political stability and social innovations of their countries.
Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G)
A7G is an Indigenous owned and youth-led non-profit organization focused on cultural support and empowerment programs/policies for Indigenous youth, while being led by traditional knowledge and Elder guidance. A7G offers a wide range of resources and activities that aim to build community for Indigenous youth in Ottawa, including language drop-ins, land-based activities like berry picking, and conversations on topics such as toxic masculinity and whiteness, that advance liberation and fight oppression.
Girls Action Foundation
Girls Action Foundation provides spaces for girls and young women to speak out, build skills, and take action on issues that are relevant to them and their communities. Through building coalitions and partnerships, they provide leadership and growth opportunities in safe and inclusive spaces.
Children First Canada has a bold and ambitious vision to make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up.They are improving children’s well-being by building greater awareness among Canadians about the urgent needs of kids, and mobilizing government and other key influencers to change the status quo.
Friends of Ruby
Friends of Ruby is dedicated to the progressive well-being of LGBTQI2S youth (aged 16-29) through mental health services, social services, and housing. Their approach is comprehensive, involving mind, body and community.
Organizations in the United States
67 Sueños works with marginalized undocumented youth and youth from mixed status families affected by high rates of violence, mass incarceration, deportation, and poverty. Using political education, trauma healing, artivism, and introducing them to alternative life changing experiences, 67 Sueños cultivates youth organizing and power building by guiding youth to trust their own process and reframe their stories as a source of power and resistance.
Black Voters Matter
Co-founded by LaTosha Brown, Black Voters Matter Fund aims to increase the influence, power, and representation of Black people through effective policy, and to invest in grassroots Black-led groups in the U.S.
Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis — for the trans community, by the trans community.