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The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization funding programs that support Canadians in building a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient society.

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75th Anniversary

Timeline

Learn more about our founder, history, and where we are headed.

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Website launched

Cities for People

Cities for People, a new Foundation initiative has recently launched their website. It aims to explore the question: How can we enhance social, ecological and economic well-being and help civic cultures thrive?

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New Publication

Leading Together

The Foundation is pleased to present Leading Together: Indigenous Youth in Community Partnership produced in collaboration with Journalists for Human Rights and the Tyee Solutions Society. A collection of stories highlighting promising approaches in partnerships between non-profit organizations and indigenous youth.

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New Publication

Good Sport

Good Sport was written by award-winning author Silver Donald Cameron, and includes a foreword by Governor-General David Johnston. It is a compilation of stories that reflect the diversity of projects that took place in the Sport for Development initiative, from the participants’ perspectives.

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The Art of Resilience

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.

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Announcing the

McConnell Social Innovation Fund

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Programs

Foundation Initiatives

Our initiatives share some common characteristics: all are based on engaging people directly in learning and problem-solving, all have qualities of innovation in their approach and all seek not simply to solve problems, but to transform systems.

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Strategic area

Inclusion

Social inclusion lies at the heart of what it is to be a citizen. It is not simply to be accepted, but to be recognised for the qualities, skills and values each person represents. It is to belong and to contribute, to be fully a citizen with rights and obligations.

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Strategic area

Sustainability

Often invoked in relation to maintaining the natural systems supporting life, sustainability also refers to social systems: balancing the preservation of knowledge with the emergence of innovation. Briefly, sustainability can be defined as living as though we planned on staying here.

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Strategic area

Social Innovation

You can’t find new answers just by asking the old questions. For the Foundation, social innovation is the process of applying new approaches, perceptions or programs to meet social needs.

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Strategic area

Resilience

Resilience links social and ecological systems; people and nature. Increasing resilience means investing in our collective capacity to face challenges at multiple levels. The Foundation works to support innovative approaches to this challenge.

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Foundation Updates

Launch of Cities for People



Cities for People, a new Foundation initiative has recently launched their website. It aims to explore the question: How can we enhance social, ecological and economic well-being and help civic cultures thrive?  Visit the website.

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