Allyship at Rainbow Resource Centre: A Conversation with Evan Maydaniuk, Director of Development

Global Philanthropic Canada connected with Evan Maydaniuk (he/him), Director of Development at Rainbow Resource Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We were curious to hear Evan’s take on the meaning of Pride Season and what non-profits can do to show their support and allyship to 2SLGBTQIA+ organizations and communities.

Evan’s thoughtful answers are below. Want to hear more? We encourage you to check out Evan, joined by Pat Estey and Michael Robach on our most recent episode of The Shared Brain Podcast where they dive deeper and discuss Pride & Allyship in Fundraising and share valuable resources, ideas and opportunities for learning.


What does Pride Season mean to you?

Pride Season is a big deal for the 2SLGBTQ+ community. It’s all about celebrating who we are, showing our strength, and standing up against discrimination. Remember, it all started with the Stonewall Riots and now it’s a symbol of our fight for rights and acceptance. Pride is foremost a protest, but it’s also a time for us to come together, feel like we belong, and express ourselves freely. It’s a reminder of how far we’ve come and a call to keep pushing for equality. Pride is all about love, unity, and hope for a future where everyone can be themselves without fear.

How has another non-profit in your region actively demonstrated allyship to RRC?

Rainbow Resource Centre collaborates with Sunshine House, a Queer and Indigenous-led organization in Winnipeg, to jointly raise funds and amplify voices. This partnership recognizes the historical acceptance of queer and trans identities in Indigenous communities pre-colonization. By uniting efforts, we can better celebrate the diversity within the 2SLGBTQ+ community, respect Indigenous traditions, and show dedication to fostering a more inclusive future. Together, we share resources, advocate for 2SLGBTQ+ equity, inclusion, and celebration.

What can other non-profits do to level up their support for 2SLGBTQIA+ communities this Pride Season and beyond?

Non-profits can boost their support for the 2SLGBTQ+ community by actively lifting up our voices, teaming up with 2SLGBTQ+ led groups, creating programs that cater to our specific needs, providing top-notch cultural competency training, and advocating for policies that safeguard pur rights. By working hand in hand with 2SLGBTQIA+ leaders, sharing resources, offering safe spaces, educating others, and pushing for real change, non-profits can show they’re serious about equality and foster a welcoming environment that truly embraces the diversity and strength of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community; not just during Pride month, but all year long.