Archive for September, 2011

MaRS to launch Centre for Impact Investing

MaRS Discovery District announced this week that substantial funding support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the McConnell Foundation will be made available for the Centre for Impact Investing, to be housed at MaRS.

The Centre for Impact Investing will build upon the foundational work of MaRS and Social Innovation Generation (SiG), including the landmark report, Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good, by the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance. The Centre will be a national hub that will increase awareness for and effectiveness of social finance to catalyze new capital, talent, and initiatives dedicated to tackling social and environmental problems in Canada. The Centre will act as a point of global connection for Canadian efforts into the emerging field of impact investing, delivering programs and initiatives focused on research and policy, market and product development, and education and engagement initiatives to build the collective ability to mobilize private capital towards public good.

See the Globe and Mail’s coverage of this announcement

New Foundation Publications

The Foundation is pleased to announce its latest publication: Resilience. With the purpose of sharing the Foundation’s evolving strategies and granting focus, Resilience provides an understanding of why we fund what we do and highlights lessons learned from work with our grantees and partners.

Resilience is available to download from our website.

During Tim Brodhead’s tenure as President of the Foundation, one of the most popular sections of the Foundation’s website was the “President’s Corner”, which contained the speeches that he delivered to various national audiences.

These speeches, on topics ranging from the environment to the economy and from social inclusion to social innovation have been compiled in the publication Reflections on Philanthropy and Society: The Speeches of Tim Brodhead

To download Reflections on Philanthropy and Society: The Speeches of Tim Brodhead or for more publications, visit the Resources section of the Foundation’s website.

CSL Awards — Call for Submissions!

The Foundation is now accepting submissions for the newly launched Community Service-Learning (CSL) Awards competition. CSL is a model of experiential learning that combines classroom learning with volunteer work designed to achieve community goals and to instill in students a sense of civic engagement. Between 2004 and 2012, the Foundation will have granted $9.4 million to support the introduction and growth of community service-learning programs through its CSL initiative.

The CSL Awards will recognize successful community initiatives supported by robust community service-learning programs. They will highlight innovative approaches that have — and will continue to — transform relationships, structures, policies, and/or mainstream practices. The Foundation hopes that such recognition will encourage similar initiatives in communities across the country. A total of $30,000 is available for up to four awards of $7,500 each.

Community organizations and post-secondary institutions are invited to jointly submit an application by December 1, 2011. Award winners will be announced in the spring of 2012 at a public event and several outstanding initiatives will be profiled in the media.

Learn more about the CSL Awards here.