The Public Good Initiative (PGI) is a pro bono policy consulting organization located in the City of Toronto. We match our talented student consultants from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy with community organizations looking to benefit from our policy-based consulting services.

The PGI is currently led by four student directors: Emily Graham, Samantha Hatoski, Chaviva Manson-Singer and Megan Skinner.

The PGI’s mission is to make a positive contribution to the policy capacity of the not-for-profit sector.

The PGI stems from the recognition that:

• Graduate students of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (MGAPP) have valuable skills, unique insights, and a commitment to applying their expertise outside the classroom.
• There are many organizations (especially not-for-profits) in the community that require increased policy and research capacity to achieve their organizational objectives.

The mission of the PGI is to make a positive contribution to the policy and research capacity of not-for-profit organizations. The PGI seeks to develop creative solutions with public value to real-world problems. Consulting teams offer recommendations and reports that are grounded in a specialized knowledge of public policy making and analysis.

Our clients are socially-minded, and often not-for-profit, organizations that are looking for creative solutions to issues such as:

• project design, management and implementation of policy;
• internal governance and regulations; and
• other policy challenges.

They are also interested in engaging in hands-on work with our consultants.

The projects are typically 6-8 months in duration and based on teams of 2-4 students. Each team commits approximately 2-4 hours per week over the project duration. Consultants work closely with both small and large not-for-profit organizations that are active in various policy areas, ranging from health to education to environmental issues. Since its inception in 2008, the PGI has partnered with over 80 different client organizations including:

    • 1Love Malvern
    • 4Rs Youth Movement
    • BC Centre for Social Enterprise
    • Business for the Arts
    • Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs
    • Canadian Council on Work and Rehabilitation
    • Canadian Doctors for Medicare (CDM)
    • Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
    • Centre for Equality in Accommodation Rights
    • Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)
    • CivicAction
    • Culture Link
    • Counterpoint
    • Dignitas International
    • Egale Canada Human Rights Trust
    • Fred Victor
    • Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
    • Frontline Partners for Youth Network
    • Green 13
    • Green Change
    • Hagaruka Burundi Women’s Association
    • Houselink Community Homes
    • Inspirit Foundation
    • Journalists for Human Rights
    • Korean Canadian Women’s Association
    • Margret’s Housing and Community Support Services
    • Maytree Foundation
    • Meal Exchange
    • Mennonite New Life Centre
    • Mid-Toronto Community Services
    • Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy (Internal Evaluation)
    • Not Far From The Tree
    • Ontario Heritage Fairs Association
    • Ontario Association of Food Banks
    • Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
    • Ontario Non-Profit Network
    • Patients’ Association of Canada
    • Peacebuilders
    • People for Education
    • Project Work
    • Samara
    • Schools for the Children of the World
    • Schools without Borders
    • School for Social Entrepreneurs
    • Sierra Youth Coalition
    • Social Assets Measurement
    • Social Investment Organization
    • Social Planning Toronto
    • Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCI)
    • Summerhill
    • Teach for Canada
    • Tides Canada
    • The Philanthropist (The Agora Foundation)
    • The Sage Center
    • The Stop Community Food Centre
    • The Tapscott Group
    • Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness
    • Toronto Atmospheric Fund
    • Toronto Arts Foundation
    • Toronto City Summit Alliance
    • Toronto Drop-in Network (TDIN)
    • Toronto East General Hospital
    • Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership (TEQLIP)
    • Toronto South Local Immigration Partnership (TSLIP)
    • Toronto Street Food Vendors Association
    • Toronto Local Immigration Partnership Network
    • Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation
    • United Way
    • University Health Network
    • University Settlement
    • Urban+Digital
    • Vancouver Native Housing Association
    • Neptis Foundation
    • Waterloo Region Health Communities Coalition
    • WomenatthecentrE
    • WoodGreen Community Services
    • YWCA Canada
    • YWCA Toronto
    • Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN)


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