in a global pandemic
Support needed for community-led responses to COVID-19
In light of COVID-19, many things are unclear, while other things are coming into sharp focus: the inequity of impacts on communities battling this pandemic, and the importance of local responses and solutions. There is urgent need for philanthropic funders to step up. Gaps in government and market funding mean that many of our most vulnerable communities are at the greatest risk with the least access to support. Funders must take the long view but act with urgency.
The crisis is acutely felt by local changemakers who are rapidly responding and adapting to unprecedented challenges and growing local need in their communities. The effects of this pandemic will be felt long after the crisis is over, and for some communities, the damage could be irreparable.
Community leaders are best positioned to address these challenges.
They just need the resources to do it.
We have spent the last two decades building deep, trust-based relationships with communities and changemakers, as well as networks of funders and partners. Now, we want to activate our unique position as a bridge builder to get financial support into community as fast as possible.
MakeWay is launching two rapid-response funds to quickly and flexibly drive capital directly into communities as they respond to immediate and long-term threats of COVID-19.
We invite you to join us in enabling community-led responses to this crisis.
Here’s how you can help.
MakeWay has committed to five guiding principles to support grantees at this time, as outlined by Philanthropic Foundations Canada, Environment Funders Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.