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

Thinking Like a Movement
From January 27-31 in Madeira Park, BC,
join Plan Institute and
Social Innovation Generation (SiG) for Thinking Like a Movement—an annual four-day learning opportunity with Canada’s leading experts in social innovation.
To learn more about the event—designed for social innovators in business, government, and the citizen sector who want to extend the impact, durability, and scale of their work—click here.

Upcoming Webinar
On January 30 at
10:00 a.m. (EST) tune-in for Levelling the Playing Field: Building Equality and Inclusion with Sport, to learn how two youth-focused programs in Greenwich (UK) and Montreal are using the power of sport and games to cultivate cross-cultural understanding, empathy, equality, and fair play.
The free webinar is hosted by Cities of Migration
and highlights Play It Fair!, a program of Foundation grantee Equitas.

Social Finance Forum Highlights
Highlights from the November 8-9 
2012 Social Finance Forum: Measuring Up 
are now available.
Congratulations to recent Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal recipients who were honoured for their dedication and leadership in home and
community care.
Recipients include Foundation grantees and collaborators: Lucy Barylak, CSSS Cavendish;
Vickie Cammack, Tyze Personal Networks;
Bonnie Schroeder, VON Canada; Nora Spinks,
The Vanier Institute of the Family; and Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute, among others.

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In this issue of the Foundation's e-newsletter, we highlight Innoweave news; celebrate the winners of BC Ideas; share a Call for Proposals; and spotlight upcoming events and learning opportunities.
With 2012 quickly coming to a close, we wish all our readers a healthy, happy holiday season. See you in 2013!
Innoweave News
On November 16 in Toronto, Innoweave held a workshop for the first cohort of the Impact and Strategic Clarity module. The module focuses on enabling community organizations to articulate a coherent ‘intended impact’ and ‘theory of change’ and report on it to internal and external stakeholders. It is being led by the Bridgespan Group, and supported by United Way Centraide Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada Foundation, United Way York Region, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and CISCO Canada. 14 participating organizations will receive individualized coaching over the next several months as they refine their impact strategies. Additional cohorts of the Impact and Strategic Clarity module are planned in 2013.
To learn more about Innoweave, including upcoming workshops on social finance, developmental evaluation, social enterprise, and cloud computing, visit Innoweave's recently launched beta website at
BC Ideas—Winners Announced
The Foundation congratulates the winners of the online Ashoka Changemakers competition, BC Ideas: Solutions for Stronger Communities. BC Ideas sought innovative solutions to complex health, social, and environmental challenges facing British Columbia communities.
Selected from 466 entries, 33 competition winners received grants of $500 to $20,000, including one from the Foundation awarded to Beauty Night, an organization building self esteem and changing the lives of women and girls living in poverty, through wellness training, life skills development, and makeovers.
Visit to learn more.
Call for Proposals to
Canadian Sistema-Inspired Programs
The Foundation has created, in partnership with the National Arts Centre, a $60,000 fund to assist Canadian organizations that are launching Sistema music programs. El Sistema—founded in Venezuela in 1975—provides children in low income communities with access to musical instruments and a demanding regimen of instruction at no cost.
The fund is open to: programs currently in the pre-launch and fundraising stage; programs in operation for less than three years; and established programs that propose a research project with the potential to benefit Sistema-inspired programs nationally. Eligible organizations can access matching funds up to a maximum of $10,000 for a variety of purposes, including operations, evaluation, research, and administration.
To learn more about the eligibility criteria and submission process click here.
Visit the Foundation's 75th Anniversary Timeline to learn more about our founder, our history, and where we are headed.

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