The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation | Fostering a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient Canada.

Funders Share What They Know
On September 13 at 1:00 pm (EDT), tune-in to the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The Circle)'s webinar: Funders Share What They Know.
Moderated by Elisha Muskat, Executive Director of Ashoka Canada, presenters include: Dana Vocisano of the McConnell Foundation; Dani LaGiglia-Mailing of Small Change Fund; and Mario Gravelle of The Counselling Foundation of Canada.
To register for the upcoming webinar, click here.

BC Ideas Competition 
Share your ideas! September 12 is the deadline to summit your ideas for BC Ideas— an online competition, supported by the Foundation, seeking innovative solutions to health, social, and environmental challenges facing BC communities.
To learn more about the competition or to submit an idea, click here.

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In this issue of the Foundation's e-newsletter, we: announce the McConnell Social Innovation Fund; highlight upcoming webinars; spotlight the Platformation sharing community; and invite you to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo!
Announcing the McConnell
Social Innovation Fund!
Improving the lives of Canadians—and contributing to a more resilient society—requires breakthrough ideas and approaches, game changing strategies and collaborations, and continuous innovation.
To support this work, and to commemorate the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation's 75th Anniversary, we are pleased to announce the launch of the McConnell Social Innovation Fund.
The Fund has three components—one for early stage innovations; a second for scaling up successful social innovations and for mature organizations diversifying program and business models; and a third for multi-sector collaborations, including ‘change labs’.
To learn more about the Fund and about opportunities for support, click here.
Upcoming Information Webinar
Interested in applying for the upcoming Innoweave Impact and Strategic Clarity Module? Join us on September 5 from 2:30-4:00 pm (EDT) for an information webinar on the Impact Module, which aims to help organizations examine their current programs in a structured and strategic way.
Presented by Bridgespan Group, the McConnell Foundation, and Innoweave partners, the webinar will include a question and answer period, explain the selection process, and help you decide if the Impact and Strategic Clarity Module is right for your organization. To learn more about the webinar or to register, click here.
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Platformation Sharing Community
In November 2011, the Foundation—in collaboration with Social Innovation Generation (SiG) and Framework—hosted a Platformation learning event through the Innoweave initiative, which explored ways to use cloud computing tools to enhance impact.
Following the event, 30 organizations were selected to receive Platformation support and share their experiences and results of implementing ICT strategies with cloud computing tools through an online sharing community. The sharing community profiles a range of cloud computing tools reviewed by a group of IT experts and community sector users, and allows selected organizations to document and track the tools they are using and learn from the results of other organizations.
To learn more about Platformation, or to visit the sharing community, visit,

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