Archive for 2011

ALLIES Releases New Report

Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies (ALLIES)—a Maytree and Foundation program to support local efforts in Canadian cities to successfully adapt and implement programs that further the suitable employment of skilled immigrants—was recently profiled in the Globe and Mail.

The article highlights the findings of the recently released report, Global Talent for SMEs: Practical Ideas to Connect Small and Medium Businesses with the Skilled Immigrant Workforce.

The report is a result of the first stages of research ALLIES has undertaken to better understand the programs and policies that can engage and influence the human resource practices of SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises with less than 200 employees).

Drawing on an examination of programs, policies and organizational efforts aimed at SMEs in 10 provinces and 20 cities, and more than 50 interviews with key informants, this research proposes eight practical ideas for cities, service providers and employers.

Click here to learn more about the findings, and to download the report.

Inspiring Action for Social Impact Series

On November 2, Social Innovation Generation and Frances Westley—the JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo and the co-Founder of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience—launch Inspiring Action for Social Impact Series, a new webinar series focusing on Canadian ideas in social innovation.

The 8-week series, featuring leaders of the SiG initiative, will explore social innovation—sharing lessons learned, best practices and emerging concepts and ideas.

Upcoming webinars:

  • November 2: Frances Westley on Social Innovation and Resilience
  • November 9: Stephen Huddart on Managing Social Innovation
  • November 16: Allyson Hewitt on Shared Value & what it means for the non-profit sector
  • November 23: Cheryl Rose on Community-University Partnerships
  • November 30: Tim Draimin on Supporting global learning: Australia/Canada social innovation synergies
  • December 7: Al Etmanski on Natural Care
  • December 13: Tim Brodhead on Key trends in philanthropy for grant seekers from a SI perspective (Note: this event takes place on a Tuesday)
  • December 20: Dr. Ilse Treurnicht on Upcoming Trends in Innovation

For full webinar details, visit the SiG series website.

The Centre for Sustainable Development Opens its Doors

October 6th marked the official launch of Montreal’s Centre for Sustainable Development (Maison du Développement Durable), the first commercial building in the downtown core of a major Canadian city to seek LEED Platinum certification in the new construction category. The comprehensive project—lead by long-time Foundation grantee Équiterre—integrates environmental, social, and economic elements.

Eight socially and environmentally minded organizations united to create the Centre for Sustainable Development, a demonstration green building (comprising 5 floors and over 60,000 square feet) whose mission is to inspire everyone from property developers to the general public to embrace sustainability.

Visit the Centre for Sustainable Development website to learn more.

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.

TakingItGlobal launches new initiative to strengthen Youth Movements

Foundation grantee, TakingITGlobal, in collaboration with the Global Youth Action Network, and the Knight Foundation, are launching, a project that will aggregate and showcase youth-led and youth-serving projects globally.

“After a decade of serving young people making a difference in their communities through our network, we’re excited to facilitate the creation of an online hub of youth-led initiatives across the globe,” said Jennifer Corriero, Executive Director of TakingITGlobal. “ will connect key organizations working to support young people in their efforts to improve the world, helping to amplify the support they provide and the lessons being learned through their engagement with youth.” will launch later this year.

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Santropol Roulant’s New Rooftop Garden Unveiled!

On July 21, Santropol Roulant, a longtime Foundation grantee, unveiled their new rooftop garden and urban agriculture demonstration site to the public and media.

The unveiling received abundant media coverage, which included a full page article in Metro and a feature on CTV’s Sunday Bite.

“We want this to be a community building. We wanted to move from being a neighbourhood meals-on-wheels to a community food centre,” says Tim Murphy, Santropol’s director of sustainability. “We have compost in the basement, we have gardening on the roof, we have our kitchen on the ground floor. All of this is meant to showcase what it means to have a sustainable urban food cycle.”

Learn more about Santropol Roulant

Canadian Caregiver Coalition: Effecting Policy Change

The Caledon Institute’s Anne Makhoul recently documented the lessons learned from the Canadian Caregiver Coalition’s (CCC) successful effort to bring the issues of family caregivers to the attention of Canadian politicians and policy makers.

The report, Effecting Policy Change: Lessons from the Canadian Caregiver Coalition, produced with the Foundation’s support, focuses on the CCC’s use of Strategic Inquiry (SI) to achieve its long- and short-term public policy goals. SI helps organizations use appropriate methods and tailored messages to engage with policy-makers. The SI approach was developed and contributed by Sean Moore of the Advocacy School.

As Makhoul explains, “Neither mysterious nor manipulative, SI is about putting the asker into a government mindset. By understanding politicians’ and bureaucrats’ top-of-mind issues, pressures; likely policy developments and the players involved, the inquirer is able to shape the needs of their audience into messages that government can ‘hear’.”

Download Effecting Policy Change: Lessons from the Canadian Caregiver Coalition

Online Innovations in Caregiving: Tyze Personal Networks

The B.C. Government recently announced $3 million in funding for Connect for Care, a program to help seniors and people with disabilities remain independent and socially connected while still living at home. Building on the experience of lead partner Tyze Personal Networks, the program will deliver a targeted suite of online tools and personal support networks to help individuals, families and other caregivers.

“No one should have to face illness, caregiving or disability on their own,” says Vickie Cammack, Tyze CEO. “This funding will assist friends, family and neighbours across the province to connect, collaborate and care for one another.”

Tyze Personal Networks, a social enterprise that has been delivering online personal networks since 2008, launched The Belonging Fund in partnership with the Foundation in 2010.

Learn more about Connect for Care