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October 2016

Conference poster: Advancing wellbeing as a priority for schools

by WellAhead

In its first year in BC, WellAhead worked with six pilot school districts to see if a set of core values, a participatory change process and a focus on everyday practices could deepen schools’ commitment to wellbeing. After reflecting on their learnings, WellAhead has made some significant shifts in its strategy towards the integration of wellbeing in Canadian schools. One key lesson? WellAhead may be able to achieve more impact by working at a network level, instead of directly with school districts.

Tags: Child and Youth Wellbeing

May 2016

Impact Investing Due Diligence Guide, Part 1

by Sophie Méchin, Solutions Finance Officer and Erica Barbosa Vargas, Director of Solutions Finance

This guide is based on the Foundation’s internal due-diligence process and it offers a framework to assess impact and financial risk and return of potential investment opportunities. The expected added value is in how to incorporate impact and strategic fit dimensions when assessing investment opportunities with an impact investor lens. It should be noted that the shared list of questions is not exhaustive and readers should refer to other manuals for more comprehensive financial due-diligence and analysis of different asset classes. It can be considered a work in progress as the market continues to evolve and we continue to learn about new developments in impact investing

Tags: Social Finance

May 2016

Solutions Finance Series, Issue #1: Beyond Impact Investing, Towards Solutions Finance

by Erica Barbosa Vargas, Director of Solutions Finance

Successful systems innovation requires adequate resourcing and calls for new forms of capital allocation across the multiple stages of design and implementation. In many cases, systems innovation models mature from needing philanthropic dollars to developing solid business models that would allow them to partner with large mainstream investors. However, as we know, market and social system inefficiencies continue to prevent taking innovative models to scale to fulfill their full potential. This is why the Foundation is shifting its focus to Solutions Finance, an integrated approach to deploying financial capital and adapting financial models to catalyze, sustain and scale systems transformation.

Tags: Social Finance


Inaugural Indigenous Innovation Summit November 18 - 20, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA

by Allyson Hewitt

Led by the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) in partnership with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, a group of about 300 Indigenous and non-Indigenous social innovators gathered in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the Inaugural Indigenous Innovation Summit.

Tags: Indigenous-Focused Philanthropy

December 12, 2013

Good Sport

by Silver Donald Cameron

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.

Tags: Sport for Development

November 27, 2013

Leading Together: Indigenous Youth in Community Partnership

A collection of stories highlighting promising approaches in partnerships between non-profit organizations and indigenous youth.

Tags: Indigenous-Focused Philanthropy

July 2012

Technology-Enabled Social Innovation: Selected Articles from the Technology Innovation Management Review

Highlights the promise and potential of technology-enabled social innovation and features contributions from some of Canada's leading social innovators and entrepreneurs.

Tags: Stephen Huddart, Social Innovation Generation, Social Finance

November, 2011

Cities Reducing Poverty (Introduction)

by Mark Cabaj, Editor

Cities Reducing Poverty: How Vibrant Communities Are Creating Comprehensive Solutions to the Most Complex Problem of Our Times, is composed of stories and a unique analysis that together show in detail how collaborative groups in six Canadian cities are reducing poverty. These groups are achieving remarkable results because they're using creative, comprehensive approaches based on real, on-the-ground knowledge of - and experience of - the complex nature of poverty.

Tags: Vibrant Communities

September 2011

Reflections on Philanthropy and Society: The Speeches of Tim Brodhead

by Tim Brodhead

A selection of speeches from past Foundation President Tim Brodhead, covering topics ranging from the environment to the economy, and from social inclusion to social innovation.

Tags: Tim Brodhead

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