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CEO Update | March 2024

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Read our latest CEO Update, as originally published in Inspirit Foundation’s Winter 2024 newsletter.

Inspirit Newsletter | March 2024

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Read our latest newsletter, which includes a message from CEO Sadia Zaman, media coverage on our guide for funding journalism, new grantee announcements, an impact investing event held at the Inspirit office, and much more.

Inspirit Foundation Announces Three New Board Members

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Media Release – Download the PDF version  Inspirit Foundation Announces Three New Board Members  TORONTO, August 15, 2023 — Inspirit Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of three new board members: Sagal Dualeh, Layla Saad, and Julien Valmary. As board member terms expired, Inspirit engaged in a targeted recruitment campaign, seeking individuals with a passion for … Continued

Inspirit Board Chair Completes Term, Foundation Announces New Co-Chairs

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Media Release – Download the PDF version  Inspirit Board Chair Completes Term, Foundation Announces New Co-Chairs TORONTO, July 18, 2023 —The Inspirit Foundation thanks outgoing chair Mitchell Anderson for his 12 years of volunteer service on Inspirit Foundation’s Board of Directors.   Mitchell joined the Board as a youth observer in 2012, and two years later was asked … Continued

Inspirit Foundation 2021 Annual Report

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Inspirit Foundation’s 2021 Annual report is now out! Learn about a pivotal year in the Foundation’s history. Read the 2021 annual report here.[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Some significant events from 2021: the appointment of Inspirit’s first Indigenous Board Chair, capital transfers to the endowments of The Foundation for Black Communities and the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund, and the … Continued

Request for Proposal: Global Equities Manager

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[View the complete Request for Proposal here]  Request for Statement of Interest and Qualifications: Small or All Cap Public Global Equities Manager | November 2022 At Inspirit Foundation, we are committed to a 100% impact portfolio, with the goal of leveraging our full asset base for financial returns and positive social and environmental impact. For many, … Continued

Session #3 Notes | Lab Cohort

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Q&A with Arij Mikati For Session #3, Arij Mikati participated as a guest speaker. As the Managing Director of Culture Change at Pillars Fund, Arij presented their work in advancing narrative change for Muslims in the United States.  After Arij’s presentation, the Lab Cohort asked questions around:  The idea that Muslim creatives don’t necessarily need … Continued

Session #2 Notes | Lab Cohort

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Identifying Narratives The Cohort was introduced to the concepts of narratives, deep narratives, stories, and messages, and was asked to identify these elements in Mustafa the Poet’s performance of “Stay Alive,” as well as his acceptance speech for Alternative Album of the Year at the 2022 Juno Awards. [vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/uTkNSuOzMBo”][vc_column_text]Below are some examples of each element, identified … Continued

Session #1 Notes | Lab Cohort

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Time Travel through Pop Culture and Media  In their inaugural session, Cohort participants were asked to talk about the first time they felt represented in pop culture; all said they had no early memories of pop culture representation, except for one participant who grew up in their parents’ home country. This individual didn’t experience the … Continued

Muslims in Canada Archives Included in Federal Budget 2022

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The Muslims in Canada Archive (MiCA), a collaborative initiative of the Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto, has been included in the Federal Budget 2022.  MiCA acquires, organizes, preserves, and makes accessible records of and about Canadian Muslim individuals and organizations, to create a more robust, diverse, and representative account of Muslims in … Continued