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March 2016


by Canadian Food Funders Collaborative

This report explores the current Canadian food system and highlights key opportunities for funders to support work to drive significant and systemic impact in this field. There are three sections: an overview of the Canadian food system based on the perspective of select stakeholders, an assessment of the current national funding landscape through analysis of survey data, and detailed profiles of participating Canadian funding organizations.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems

March 2015

Indigenous Innovation Summit Report 2015

by The National Association of Friendship Centres

The Indigenous Innovation Summit Report 2015 is a detailed overview of everything that the NAFC and its partners accomplished with the inaugural edition of the Summit. It provides a detailed list of all Summit themes, goals and panels. It also includes some preliminary information regarding the 2016 Summit, which will be hosted in Edmonton, Alberta

Tags: Indigenous-Focused Philanthropy

January 2016

Evidence of Change: The sustainable livelihoods framework

by Ricardo Ramirez

A new guide to help with the assessment of changes in the physical, natural, financial and human dimensions of a project, using the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework. Based on a theory often used in international development projects, it was developed by Ricardo Ramirez with input from several partners. It was tested by two projects in Saskatoon and Nova Scotia, and while it was developed to support projects funded under the Regional Value Chain program, we hope that it proves useful to a wider audience.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems


Scaling Out, Scaling Up, Scaling Deep

by Darcy Riddell and Michele-Lee Moore

A key question on the minds of many social change practitioners and funders is “how do we scale up our impact?” Many feel overwhelmed by the fact that they have invested resources for decades into numerous local projects, which may have great results, but fail to collectively change the overall state of the system. Scaling Out, Scaling Up, Scaling Deep, by Darcy Riddell and Michele-Lee Moore, addresses how to solve this problem. The findings in this study reveal specific strategies for achieving scale, depending on whether the target is spreading an innovation, changing laws in the wider system, or shifting the cultural context within which a problem exists in the first place.

June 15, 2015

Food, Farms, Fish and Finance: Practical impact investment strategies to seed and sustain local food systems

by Christie Young

Food, Farms, Fish and Finance, a new report commissioned by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, examines impact investing in local sustainable food systems in Canada.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems

February 4, 2015

Dollars and Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario’s Food System

by Econometric Research Limited, Harry Cummings & Associates, Rod MacRae, PhD

A new study identifies the impact of local food in Southern Ontario and explores scenarios to increase the supply of local food, create jobs, protect the environment and support healthier lifestyles.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainability

October 16, 2014

Building Sustainable Food Systems in Canada: A Role for Investors


Building Sustainable Food Systems in Canada: A Role for Investors, outlines the negative impacts that corporate activities across the food value chain can have on food system sustainability.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainability

September 10, 2013

The Art of Resilience, The Resilience of Art

A paper on the contribution of art and culture to urban resilience and livability. This is the product of conversations that took place during two linked meetings held between June 27 and July 3, 2013, on Wasan Island on Lake Rosseau in the Muskoka region north of Toronto, Canada, hosted by the Breuninger Foundation, Musagetes, and the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation.

Tags: Resilience


Ecotrust Canada's Coastal Loan Fund: A Bold Institutional Experiment 1998-2009

by Ecotrust Canada

Ecotrust Canada’s Coastal Loan Fund: A Bold Institutional Experiment, published in 2013, is the final analysis of the Fund’s strengths, weaknesses, and overall impact.

Tags: Social Finance, Sustainability

May 25, 2013

The Road to the Summit: Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Learning Initiative

by Ontario Trillium Foundation

A developmental evaluation of of an initiative and a competition that stimulated and celebrated innovations in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education across Canada.

Tags: Indigenous-Focused Philanthropy

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