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Mitchell Kutney

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Mitchell Kutney
Born (1985-05-27) May 27, 1985 (age 39)
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
EducationCarleton University

Mitchell Kutney (born May 27, 1985) is an Ottawa-based nonprofit entrepreneur and blogger.[1]


Mitchell Kutney was born in Burlington, Ontario and completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Ottawa and his Masters in Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University.


Kutney has been referenced as an "esteemed social sector thinker,"[2][3] particularly in the domain of philanthropy, Social media,[4] millennial giving and charity.[5][6]

He began his career by spearheading an immigrant youth program in partnership with the University of Ottawa and the City of Ottawa known as Youth Futures. This was a successful program, and was subsequently recognized by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to serve as a potential best-practice for Ontario.[7] After completing his Masters, Kutney co-founded JustChange Inc.,[8][9][10] a network of donors who support local, community-based projects.[11][12][13] As of 2018, Kutney currently works for Bruyère Continuing Care.


Kutney is a blogger and progressive pundit.[14][15] In 2014, Kutney criticized provincial attempts by the New Democratic Party to impose artificial limits on executive compensation within the charitable sector,[16] stating, "compensation should be based on what the job entails, the level of difficulty, and what qualifications you need, not some arcane notion about the morality of the sector in which the leaders are situated."[17] No limits have been imposed to date.

He has also defended the importance of "the personal touch"[18] in engaging young people in politics.

Kutney's work has led to interviews with The Globe and Mail and Ottawa Citizen on the future of sustainable business models, and how social business can contribute to making the city a more fun and exciting place to live.[19][20] He was also the first blogger to reveal Visa's smallenfreuden viral campaign in Toronto.[21]


  1. ^ "Huffington Post Biography: Mitchell Kutney". Huffington Post.
  2. ^ "Canada vs. USA: A Public Goods Theory Comparison". Assets in Common. 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2014-10-10.
  3. ^ "Real Life Guides: 21 people who will inspire you for what they do". Guides.co. 2015-06-20. Archived from the original on 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2015-06-23.
  4. ^ Media, New Canadian. "How to Get Mainstream Media to Cover Immigrant Issues - New Canadian Media". newcanadianmedia.ca. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  5. ^ "An industry protected from robot-job loss: charity". Techopedia. 2015-05-13. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  6. ^ Argast, Andi (2015-09-22). "Building Tech Capacity in the Nonprofit Sector - ONN". ONN. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-08-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "New Microgrant Group Invites Ottawa to JustChange". Metro.
  9. ^ "Small change makes a big difference". Ottawa Star. Archived from the original on 2013-10-20.
  10. ^ "JustChange: Ottawa's own social enterprise seed funds | CISED". Cised.ca. 2012-11-29. Archived from the original on 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  11. ^ "CFF Social Finance Blog | JustChange's Venture Philanthropy | CFF". Communityforwardfund.ca. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  12. ^ "When it comes to talking, I'm all thumbs |". The Globe and Mail. 2015-02-20. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
  13. ^ "CBC News: JustChange funds Heartwood House |". CBC.
  14. ^ "Philanthropy is what sustains the charitable sector, not money". Blue & Green Tomorrow.
  15. ^ "Lessons Learned from Microfinance for the Impact Investing Sector". IIPCollaborative. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  16. ^ "Horwath calls for $418,000 "hard cap" on public-service executive salaries | Toronto Star". thestar.com. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  17. ^ "Charities are powerhouses of Canada's economy". Toronto Star. 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  18. ^ "The Hill Times". 11 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  19. ^ "Is doing good a sustainable business model?". The Globe and Mail. 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  20. ^ "Is Ottawa the town that fun forgot?". Ottawa Citizen. 2014-03-12. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  21. ^ "Visa reveals it's the brand behind smallenfreuden | Marketing Magazine". Marketingmag.ca. 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2013-08-14.