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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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Spacing Magazine Special Issue

Cities for People

Join the Foundation and Spacing Magazine on Wednesday, September 10 at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, as we celebrate the release of the Cities for People French special issue.

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Banking on Change Fund

Increasing food security at the community level by supporting a shift in food banks away from an approach focused on emergency food aid towards one that embraces their role in providing healthy and sustainable food as well as addressing the root causes of hunger.

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Launch of

RECODE

The Foundation is pleased to launch RECODE, a platform dedicated to catalyzing social innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education across the country.

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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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Announcing the

McConnell Social Innovation Fund

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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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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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  • Social Finance

    Investing, building the marketplace and supporting community organizations. 

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    Banking on Change Fund

    Increasing food security at the community level. 

  • innoweave

    Innoweave

    Helping community sector leaders learn about, select, and implement new approaches to enhance their impact.

Foundation Updates

Launch of RECODE



The Foundation is pleased to launch RECODE, a platform dedicated to catalyzing social innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education across the country.  Learn more.

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