We work collaboratively with community organizations, government, educational institutions and the private sector to support promising approaches to some of Canada’s most complex challenges. Our goals are to help influence public policy and to help shift the flow of required resources. Our strategy includes a suite of complementary interventions, including foundation initiatives, grants, impact investments, convening leaders and activists, storytelling, and strengthening the capacity of organizations.
Everything we do is about engaging people directly in ongoing learning so that, collectively, we can imagine a better Canada and work to build it. We favour innovative philanthropy and risk-taking. We seek not simply to solve problems, but to transform systems.
Timeline of Foundation Initiatives
Active Foundation Initiatives
The power of art and artists as social catalysts – fostering inclusion and civic engagement, and bringing new vitality to institutions and communities.
Testing promising approaches that contribute to urban resilience and livability.
Supporting youth-led organizations and networks that engage a diversity of young people in addressing major social issues.
A portfolio of grants and impact investments building on collaborative relationships with Indigenous organizations and communities.
Providing community sector leaders with new tools and processes to effect large-scale change.
Provoking a systemic and creative public conversation about the strategies and approaches that Canada requires at this critical juncture in its history.
Providing social innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for College and University students to become drivers of progress and change.
Supporting market-building initiatives, financial innovation and mobilizing investment capital to leverage impact.
Providing organizational capacity support to community sector organizations that are at Early Stage Consolidation or are Re-tooling for Growth.
Working across the community, public, and private sectors, SiG develops and shares new approaches to addressing complex social challenges.
Drawing upon the power of sport to shape both individual character and communities.
The Foundation's Sustainable Food Systems initiative aims at systemic change to build a food system that creates strong local economies and livelihoods, protects the environment and ensures access to good food for all.
A social innovation lab approach to advancing child and youth wellbeing in the school setting.