In the first sense, “invisible causes” are the social movements for equity, inclusion, and justice that philanthropic funders all too often ignore. These causes are ‘invisible” to philanthropy insofar as they are not effectively integrated into foundations’ organizational and grantmaking practices and goals.
In the second sense, “invisible causes” are the taken-for-granted ; societal structures and institutions that create and maintain these inequities, exclusions, and injustices. While these racist, sexist, anti-Indigenous, anti-poor, and ableist structures and institutions manifest through concrete social and organizational policies, they are made “invisible” to philanthropic funders by ideology.
This special edition, led by PhiLab’s Quebec Hub, looks into some of these ‘invisible causes’. We hope to start a discussion on how philanthropy can shed light onto those causes kept in the shadows.
Enjoy your reading!
- Editorial: Invisible Causes and Philanthropy, by Adam Saifer, Quebec Hub Supervisor
- Interview with Meghan Joy: Philanthropy and Seniors’ Issues, by Adam Saifer, Quebec Hub Supervisor
- Comment augmenter l’intérêt pour une cause invisible?, by Jennifer Fils-Aimé, Quebec Hub, Supervised by Diane Alalouf-Hall
- Interview with Claude Pinard, Executive Director of the Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation, by Jennifer Fils-Aimé, Quebec Hub
- Accroître le soutien des entreprises à une cause « invisible », by Saouré Kouamé, Ontario Hub
- Video: Table Ronde Virtuelle: Augmenter la collaboration des fondations subventionnaires dans le secteur des personnes âgées
(in French only), with the Mirella & Lino Saputo Foundation, Présâges, and PhiLab’s Quebec Hub
- Book: La solidarité en crise, Centraide et la nouvelle philanthropie, by Taëb Hafsi & Saouré Kouamé, Quebec Hub