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

Partnership Brokers Training
From April 8-12 in Toronto, the UK Partnership Brokers Association, in collaboration with SiG, will host a four-day Partnership Brokers Training for practitioners in multi-stakeholder partnerships. Established in 2003, the globally recognized Partnership Brokers Training builds practical skills and practices necessary to address complex challenges in the partnering process at all phases of a partnership’s life cycle.
Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Webinar 
Tune-in on March 5 at 1:30 p.m. (EST) for Investing in Our Youth, a webinar presented by the Collaborative Circle on the Land and Peoples, a program of Foundation grantee, the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (the Circle). 
The webinar will include presentations by two Indigenous initiatives using creative ways to reconnect youth with the land through Indigenous culture-based programs that teach traditional values and skills.
Click here to learn more about the Circle, including their Collaborative Circle on Education and Youth Leadership.

Innovation, Austerity's Grandchild 
SiG Senior Advisor and former Foundation President Tim Brodhead was recently published in the quarterly journal, The Philanthropist. The article, Innovation, Austerity's Grandchild, addresses how social finance is creating space for innovation, resulting in a new narrative that underscores the critical contribution of the community sector to tackling complex challenges facing Canadian society.
Read the full article here.

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In this issue of the Foundation's e-newsletter, we introduce a new learning resource from Social Innovation Generation (SiG), share an update on the Social Innovation Fund; and list upcoming Innoweave workshops across Canada.
Social Innovation Generation (SiG)
On February 21 in Toronto, Frances Westley—the J.W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo—was the MaRS Global Leadership speaker on the topic of Social Innovation Labs. With support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Westley is developing a new guide to hosting such labs, due for release later this year.
At the same event, Foundation President Stephen Huddart launched the SiG Knowledge Hub—a collection of social innovation-themed resources and materials, including a catchy motion graphic that answers the question: ‘What is Social Innovation?’ Learn more at

Innoweave Workshops 
Innoweave is the Foundation’s platform for sharing practical tools for social innovation. It is organized as a series of modules, available online or in workshops that are now being offered across Canada.
The following Innoweave opportunities for non-profit organizations are currently available:
  • The Impact and Strategic Clarity module, a six-month guided planning process taking place across Canada, starting in April 2013. Applications for this module are due March 4.
  • A full-day Cloud Computing workshop on April 18 in Toronto, hosted by the Sustainability Network. Applications are due March 22.
  • A full-day Social Enterprise workshop on April 16 in Hamilton, hosted by United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton. Applications are due March 15.
Individuals who are seasoned facilitators and have an interest in Social Enterprise can attend Innoweave's Social Enterprise Facilitator Training on April 15-16. This training will allow facilitators to use Innoweave's open-access curriculum to deliver a Social Enterprise workshop within their own networks. Applications for the Facilitator Training are due March 15.
Applications for the following workshops for non-profit organizations will open in the coming weeks, with applications due in early April. Space is limited, so sign up early.
Social Innovation Fund Update
Launched in August 2012, in celebration of the Foundation's 75th anniversary, the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) supports the consolidation and growth of breakthrough ideas and organizations that are building a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient Canada.
To date, six organizations have received support from the fund: Ashoka Canada, to support operations and select Aboriginal Ashoka Fellows; Chantier de l’économie sociale—Commerce Solidaire, to develop a social purchasing portal linking governments and social enterprises; Ecostrust Canada—ThisFish, for a unique food traceability initiative; Jane’s Walk, to adapt the business model of its urban civic engagement program; Réseau Québécois en Innovation Sociale (RQIS), to strengthen a social innovation research and practice network; and Wapikoni mobile, to share its mobile music and video production program with Aboriginal communities outside of Quebec.
To learn more about the Fund and about opportunities for support, click here.
Visit the Foundation's 75th Anniversary Timeline to learn more about our founder, our history, and our work today.

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