"B"log

Our log of bold ideas

June 2017 – Locall

We are thrilled to announce our latest JustChange grantee – Locall. Locall aims to find innovative solutions for newcomers (immigrants and refugees) seeking to integrate into Canada, but who face challenges with language barriers. In essence, they have designed,...

April 2017 – EthicalTree

JustChange is happy to announce the winner of this month’s micro-grant, EthicalTree. Siavash and Frank co-founded EthicalTree because, as ethically-oriented consumers themselves, they found it very difficult to find businesses that aligned with their values. According...

February 2017 – Ottawa Rock Camp for Girls

The JustChange Ottawa board is excited to announce that the latest $1,000 grant is going to Ottawa Rock Camp for Girls, an organization that uses music as a vehicle for empowerment for self-identifying girls. Their flagship event is a rock camp where participants...

December 2016 – Empower’em

Empower'em President and Founder, Nayaelah Siddiqui, understands there is a growing lack of self-confidence in Muslim women, which needs to be addressed. According to the Environics Survey of Muslims in Canada (2016), one of the top issues facing Canadian Muslims is...

October 2016 — Trans Health Information Ottawa

“I don’t know much about trans health,” is a term that our next grantee hears all too often. Trans Health Information Ottawa (THIO) is working to eliminate that phrase from Ottawa’s healthcare vernacular. Completely unfunded, this group of dedicated people have been...

August 2016 — Building Purple Bridges

We are thrilled to announce our August 2016 grantee: Building Purple Bridges. This grassroots initiative aims to address the service gaps for outdoor/survival sex-workers in the Vanier neighbourhood. Building Purple Bridges is lead by a team composed of individuals...

June 2016 — Black Hair: A Documentary

For this month’s JustChange grantee, her introduction to activism hit very close to home: with her own hair. Questioning why she hadn’t felt comfortable wearing her hair naturally, Asma realized the beauty standards we all internalize keep many people from embracing...

April 2016 – Integrative Solutions Group

Community consultation on urban development projects in Ottawa often seems like a meaningless exercise. Most of us can name an example (or two!) within our own neighbourhoods where community consultation was either non-existent or superficial at best. While there are...

February 2016 — Kind

JustChange is thrilled to announce our February 2016 grantee: Kind! Kind is a space for LGBTTQ+ communities in Ottawa. Offering a wide variety of services, from counselling to education programs to the Purrfect Café, Kind is an inclusive and welcoming space for people...

JustChange and PhilanthroTHINK: What’s New in Philanthropy?

Free Event at Carleton University on February 25th 2016 at 2:00pm! What’s New in Philanthropy? Giving Circles, Social Investment and Engaged Millennials Philanthropy is being reinvented in a variety of ways.  Giving circles are creating new collective approaches....

December 2015 — I Wear One

Around half of Canadian women will suffer from some form of an inability to control their bladder according to the Canadian Bladder Survey. We had no idea that these symptoms, called incontinence, affected so many Canadians. JustChange was happy to make Erin...

#GivingTuesdayCA

As you may know, today is #GivingTuesdayCA. For those who don’t know, today is a day is where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others (ww.givingtuesday.ca). Naturally then, there will...

October 2015 – Gees Bees

“If we can encourage a few new beekeepers, bring pollination back to communities, and give people the opportunity to enjoy their very own honey – well, that’s a great day!” – Marianne Gee, Gees Bees We at JustChange are abuzz over our latest grantees, Marianne and...

Heartwood House

Have you ever noticed that concrete jungle in your neighbourhood? We all have them. We walk by them on the way to work and on the way to the grocery store. They’re ugly, generally feel unsafe and we naturally avoid them at all costs. More and more urban designers,...

Bautechnik

It’s June, and we’re pleased to announce the winner of the most recent JustChange grant: Bautechnik, to support their work as builders of rammed earth and cross-laminated timber structures. Rammed earth is an ancient construction technique of compacting earth,...

Micro-grants Making Waves in Ottawa

Ottawa’s micro-granting scene is hot. Awesome projects need look no further than Awesome Ottawa, women in the arts can tap into Tontine, Soup Ottawa provides one-off opportunities on various themes, and we accelerate great ideas for social and environmental change. If...

JustChange supports urban farming model in Ottawa

“Much of the food we consume is shipped thousands of miles away and dependent on an unsustainable petroleum-based system, which in the long term damages the environment, food security, local economies and ultimately, human lives.” – Madeleine Maltby, founder...

February Grant: Adaptive Music Expressions

You’ve had a long day at work or school. You come home, sit down on the couch, and play some music with friends. The simple act of tuning up and tuning out has been a practice to benefit mental well-being and social inclusion for thousands of years. And in today’s day...

On #GivingTuesday

by Albert Thibodeau, Co-Founder & Board Member I think any initiative that can get people to, of their own volition and without coercion, give their time or money to a cause is a good initiative. This means I’m against cashiers asking for charity at the check out,...

St. John’s Grant Number Two Goes to RIAC; Round 3 Underway!

We are delighted to have announced our second JustChange St. John’s grant recipient - the Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council (RIAC). RIAC is a non-profit organization that supports refugees, immigrants and other Canadians of diverse origins in making Newfoundland...

December Grant goes to… Ask Women Anything

We are so happy to announce that our 12th grant is going to Ask Women Anything, an intimate and accessible speaker series meant to be a forum for members of the community to get to know the amazing women in our midst. Ask Women Anything, created and run by the...

Our 12th Grantee, Ottawa123!

We are thrilled to announce our 12th grantee, Ottawa123! Ottawa123 is the Ranked Choice Voting Initiative of Ottawa, a non-partisan group of residents who believe that Ranked Choice Voting will bring about friendlier elections, better ideas, and increased diversity on...

JustChange grant goes to #YouthCanSlam

JustChange is happy to announce our tenth grant winner, YouthCanSlam, and invites you to check them out as they host their second annual festival in Ottawa August 12-16! The $1000.00 grant will go to support youth who are interested in poetry across Canada to connect...

JustChange’s 9th winner: Dirty Duck Soap

**Tonight's event will be at The Lieutenant's Pump due to weather concerns!** Dirty Duck Soap awarded grant from JustChange Animal fat is a subject that no one really wants to discuss. Most of us do not want to know, nor care about where the chicken fat that is...

Our Eighth Grant Winner: GottaGo!

When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go. If you’ve ever searched for a public restroom downtown, one thing becomes very apparent, very quickly: there are none. That’s where our eighth grant winner, Gotta Go! comes in. Gotta Go! is a campaign calling for a network of...

Accessibility for Humanity receives grant

  Meet Chris Binkowski. In December, Chris came to our sixth grant JustDrinks event and spoke to me about an idea that he was working on. We chatted about it and fine-tuned some ideas. He then submitted an impressive application for the seventh round. Chris’s...

JustChange: Decision-making by consensus

JustChange is a group of people who make decisions by consensus.  This is no small feat; some of us knew each other before we began this project, but many of us did not.  Decision making by consensus is a great challenge, but when it is achieved, it can lead to better...

GivingTuesday: A Post on Giving

“The great source of both the misery and disorders of human life, seems to arise from over-rating the difference between one permanent situation and another”. – Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments As you may know, today is #GivingTuesday. For those who don’t know,...

CompassTeens: Young people want to learn

Young people want to learn We’re pleased to introduce our newest grant winner: The Compass Centre for Self-Directed Learning! Open to teens since January 2013, Compass provides an alternative model to education for those who weren’t thriving in the traditional high...