Archive for January, 2011

EWB lauded in The Guardian for publishing failure report

EWB Failure ReportEngineers Without Borders (EWB) recently released a candid document entitled “2010 Failure Report: Learning from our mistakes,” which has caught the eye of the UK based news site The Guardian.

In the article, journalist Madeleine Bunting writes:

“I’m full of admiration for a Canadian NGO that is breaking all the rules by publishing a failure report. Engineers Without Borders has bravely catalogued various mistakes in its projects. Project officers come clean in a series of snapshots of what they did wrong…


The Registered Disability Savings Plan featured in The Financial Post and The Globe and Mail

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), a savings plan designed for families supporting children with disabilities, is gaining exposure with a new set of rules in 2011.

Both “Time to make use of RDSP” in The Financial Post, and “New rules add incentive to open a disability savings plan” in The Globe and Mail cover these changes.


ArtsSmarts announces the departure of Executive Director Annalee Adair

ArtsSmarts logoArtsSmarts recently announced that Annalee Adair, ArtsSmarts’ Executive Director, will be leaving the organization by mutual consent at the end of January.

Among her many contributions, Annalee oversaw ArtsSmarts’ transition from a Foundation initiative to an independent, national organization in 2008.

The Foundation congratulates Annalee on her accomplishments in this role and wishes her the best in her future endeavours.

Ian Bird named CEO of Community Foundations of Canada

The Foundation congratulates Ian Bird, leader of McConnell grantee Sport Matters Group and former Olympian, who will become Community Foundations of Canada (CFC)’s new CEO.

cfc logo“Ian has an impressive track record of engaging people in the discussions that matter, bringing them to consensus, and then rallying them around a cause to create lasting change,” said Faye Wightman, the Chair of CFC’s Board of Directors. “He’s a responsive, innovative and driven leader – a great fit for Canada’s community foundation movement.” (from CFC website)

Ian will succeed Monica Patten who has overseen CFC’s growth from 28 members in 1993 to 170 community foundations today.

Read more about Ian Bird and CFC here.

The Foundation is currently accepting grant proposals

The Foundation will be making a limited number of responsive grants in line with our mission and program priorities. Applicants are asked to apply via our new online application process.

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