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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 The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Metcalf Foundation, and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.

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

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

October 2012

Inspired Learning: An Evaluation of Vibrant Communities’ National Supports

by Jamie Gamble

Inspired Learning: An Evaluation of Vibrant Communities’ National Supports evaluates the design of the learning and networking features provided with national supports to local Vibrant Communities initiatives (also referred to as a hub or backbone organization).

Tags: Vibrant Communities, Evaluation

February 2012

Supporting The National Theatre School’s “Theatre Engaging Communities” Program

by Kevin Chin

Since 2005, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation has supported the NTS and its Cultural and Artistic Leadership Program (CALP), assisting over 130 students to carry out productions that cover a range of economic, social and cultural topics.

December 2011

Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good – Measuring Progress During Year One

by The Task Force on Social Finance

A follow-up to the December 2010 report from the Task Force, Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good, this progress report highlights some of the developments relevant to the recommendations of the Task Force since the 2010 report release.

Tags: Sustainability, Social Innovation Generation, Social Finance, Resilience, Innovation

October, 2011

ALLIES: A Network of Support, A Movement for Change

by Anne Makhoul

Mid-way into its initial mandate, the ALLIES network hired the Caledon Institute of Social Policy to conduct a review of its accomplishments and challenges. Network conveners, Steering Committee members and employer representatives were invited to talk about where they see ALLIES today and where they hope it will go. This report provides a snapshot of their efforts and reflections, gathered in the spring of 2011.


October, 2011

Recognizing the Recognition

by Sherri Torjman

Sometimes governments do the right thing. This commentary highlights several measures recently introduced by selected provinces to help recognize the additional health- and disability-related costs that informal caregivers may incur. Unlike the current federal tax provisions, the provincial measures are designed to provide modest financial assistance to lower-income households. In English only.

Tags: Supporting Family Caregivers

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