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January 2017

Advancing wellbeing in schools

by WellAhead

In 2015, WellAhead began working in British Columbia to experiment with ways to better integrate wellbeing into K-12 education. In Advancing Wellbeing in Schools, WellAhead shares 15 lessons about education, philanthropy & systems change learned through this process.

Tags: Child and Youth Wellbeing

December 2016

Kids and Place Lab

by Samantha Slade, percolab and André Fortin

There is an emerging movement connecting children’s well-being with city well-being and rethinking urban design from child-centered design. In line with this movement, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation opened space to explore the potential of a Kids and Place Lab in Canada.

Tags: Cities for People

November 2016

Getting to Moonshot

by Vinod Rajasekaran

Canada spends over $300 billion annually on social outcomes, according to the OECD. Our fast-evolving societal challenges -- ranging from mental health, Indigenous communities’ access to quality education, and a lack of affordable housing -- demand equally fast-paced and nimble research, learning, experimental and replicating approaches so people can access the best possible services, supports and solutions, no matter where they live in Canada. This is where R&D comes in.

Tags: Social Innovation Generation

May 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

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