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March 15, 2021
City Art Centre aims to provide a safe place, free art supplies, peer support, and encouragement for those 18 years and older who self-identify as living with mental illness. Over the years, members have developed a wide range of styles, forms, and techniques to support individual creative processes. Quality of life is greatly enhanced as feelings are expressed through art and healing is facilitated. “We are a drop-in Studio &... Read More
March 2, 2021
Pillar is testing a new way to crowdsource the various ideas and projects in our community specific to the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative (CHCI) funding opportunity to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19. This round is due March 9th, 2021, and there is another round in June 2021. You can find the CHCI applicant guide here . This crowdsourcing approach to funding ideas and projects is so we can... Read More
March 2, 2021
By Silence Genti - Silence Genti is a member of the London Black History Coordinating Committee and founding editor of the upcoming black community magazine, Yebo! I've been thinking a lot about public good versus community good. Public good is a term used when talking about philanthropic organizations. It's a term that’s sometimes used when talking about the effect of government social and economic policies. I have a confession to... Read More
February 18, 2021
In preparation for the spring 2021 budget, the Ontario government held consultations seeking ideas on how to continue to protect the people of Ontario through the COVID-19 pandemic and support a strong economic recovery. Pillar Nonprofit Network joined the Ontario Nonprofit Network and other sector organizations in advocating for expanded relief for nonprofit employers and new relief to volunteer-run organizations. Please read the full submission from Pillar ED Michelle Baldwin... Read More
February 11, 2021
Written by Zoe Masseo This post was contributed by Zoe as part of her coursework for Women in Civic Leadership at King's University College. This assignment paired students with a community organization to create a project together, in this case, a blog post about how women who are parents working in the nonpofit sector are affected by COVID-19 in regards to government and workplace policies. Zoe is completing her Honours... Read More
February 3, 2021
After a thorough process that incorporated deep research, reflection and consultation, Pillar Nonprofit Network is pleased to share the release of our 2021 – 2023 Strategic Plan. This plan charts a bold path for our organization and network. The challenges of helping to support a sustainable and equitable recovery, creating transformational change, and shifting systems of oppression, are complex, and we cannot realize our ambitions on our own. Making progress... Read More
February 1, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2021 LONDON, ON - During the height of the pandemic, over 77 local investors have contributed a total of $1 million to the Innovation Works Community Bond helping us reach our campaign goal. This marks a significant increase from the 47 investors who supported our first Community Bond in 2015, showing a remarkable growth of community engagement. At a time when many charities and nonprofits... Read More
January 29, 2021
Happy new year, Pillar members. It’s not the fresh start it was cracked up to be, but all of us at Pillar want to take a moment, when many of us celebrate new beginnings, to imagine a better year. For us all. We try not to talk about silver linings; the cloud is too thick with grief for that. But we can still have hope. Leonard Cohen famously sang that,... Read More
January 26, 2021
For over 14 years, Michelle Baldwin has been the intrepid leader of Pillar Nonprofit Network. Under her leadership, the impact of our organization has increased tremendously, growing to include Innovation Works, VERGE Capital and CityStudio while sparking countless community collaborations. To help celebrate Michelle’s legacy at Pillar, we’re looking to you to share what you’ve learned from working with her, whether as a community partner, employee, volunteer, mentee or friend... Read More
January 14, 2021
Here at Pillar, we're excited to be starting off the new year with two wonderful new colleagues joining our team. Join us in welcoming Jamie Cudmore, CityStudio Projects Coordinator and Marissa Ouellette-Quimby, Marketing and Communications Assistant. Jaimie Cudmore is curious about what and who makes the places where we live. Excited to be joining the CityStudio and Pillar team in London, Jaimie brings a background in design and planning research... Read More


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