November 22nd, 2013
The Foundation and the Government of Manitoba are working together to establish a million-dollar Early Childhood Development Innovation Fund, the first of its kind in Canada.
In a partnership with United Way of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council and the business community, the fund is being seeded by a $500,000 investment from the Foundation, with matching funds from the Government of Manitoba. Click here to read more.
November 12th, 2013
Grantee JUMP Math has been making headlines. The October issue of Scientific American Mind contained an article by founder John Mighton. It cites a randomized controlled study funded by the Foundation – showing that students progress twice as fast when using JUMP as they do when taught by conventional means.
As math scores decline across the country, JUMP is experiencing increased demand for its program. Check out Scientific American Mind’s podcast and article, as well as articles in the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail.
October 17th, 2013
The Foundation is partnering with Food Secure Canada to offer Food Business Boot Camp, a program combining online and in-person training as well as one-on-one coaching and mentoring from food business experts. It is open to non-profits, charities, cooperatives and small businesses.
This program, which includes a series of eight webinars and a two-day workshop in Montreal on November 26-27, will cover topics including the business landscape, data-based modelling, business structure, financing, operations and growth. The workshop will provide opportunities to learn from experienced enterprises and exchange with other start-up enterprises from across Canada. Participants will also be eligible to apply to the Foundation for coaching grants. For more information, see Food Secure Canada’s website.
October 17th, 2013
The Circle of Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada is holding its 3rd annual gathering October 21-23 in Toronto. This gathering will allow those engaging in the Aboriginal philanthropic sector in Canada to connect with one another and gain access to new research, innovation and learning. Click here for details.
As a contribution to this work, the Foundation is pleased to present Leading Together: Indigenous Youth in Community Partnerships, produced in collaboration with Journalists for Human Rights and Tyee Solutions Society. This publication and accompanying videos will profile Indigenous and non-Indigenous partnerships across Canada focused on young people. Most have been prepared by experienced and emerging Indigenous journalists. Leading Together will be released at the All My Relations Gathering and will be available on our website in November 2013.
October 14th, 2013
We are pleased to announce the creation of The Kathleen Laing Memorial Scholarships to support students leaving the foster care system and entering post-secondary education. Annually, five students from across Canada will be awarded scholarships of $5,000 per year, renewable for up to four years.
The scholarship is named in honour of Mrs. Kathleen Laing, daughter of Mr. J.W. McConnell, who passed away last year, to reflect her lifelong concern for the less fortunate.
Mrs. Laing was personally involved with the Foundation for over thirty years, serving as its President in the 1960′s, and later as a Trustee.
The Kathleen Laing Memorial Scholarships have been established in partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation, who will manage the program on the Foundation’s behalf. Interested students can apply online through the Children’s Aid Foundation in February 2014.
September 5th, 2013
In partnership with Musagetes and the Breuninger Foundation of Germany, the Foundation recently held two linked meetings to explore the role of arts and culture in advancing urban resilience and livability, drawing on examples from around the world. The group drafted a position paper entitled The Art of Resilience, the Resilience of Art.