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Innoweave Update
Working to make an impact and change the world is a never-ending challenge.  
For charities, it’s more important than ever to find ways to help your organization be more effective.
Read Innnoweave’s recent blog posts on how the process works and whether it’s right for you, and then check out Innoweave’s upcoming workshop opportunities.    
“Before working with Innoweave, it was difficult to explain the breadth and depth of our work but also how and why we do what we do,” says Shawn Bayes, Executive Director, Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver. “Our Theory of Change has helped us do that, as well as set out criteria against which the impact of each aspect of our work is assessed.”
Community food assessments have recently been completed by two of our partners:
A team including industry, government and community representatives has completed an assessment of the Saskatoon regional food system. The report identifies a number of trends driving an interest in more diverse, local and healthy food options and concludes by recommending the creation of a Saskatoon Community Food Council.
In Nova Scotia, the Antigonish Food Security Coalition’s assessment points to opportunities such as demand for local food and unused agricultural land, as well as supply challenges including food safety regulations adapted for smaller enterprises and reliable farm labour.
We are happy to announce the growth of our Social Finance team:
  • Erica Barbosa, Social Finance Manager
  • Sophie Mechin, Social Finance Officer
  • Sally Giffin, Social Finance Junior Officer
Together, this team is leading the expansion of social finance work at the Foundation, including the integration of market building strategies and an impact investing portfolio with granting programs. To learn more about the Foundation's approach to social finance and its impact investing policy, visit our Social Finance page.
Please see below for news from grantees and programs of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.
Cross-Canada Tour
 with April Rinne of
Collaborative Lab on “The Sharing Economy”
April Rinne, Chief Strategy Officer of Collaborative Lab, will be touring Canada for a series of presentations on how the collaborative or "sharing economy" has the potential to transform the way we design products and services, create sustainable and "shareable cities”, re-imagine public services, reduce waste and connect communities.
The Sharing Economy Tour is part of the launch of Cities for People, a collaborative experiment initiated by the Foundation that brings multiple stakeholders together to take action in creating resilient and livable communities. The tour is co-sponsored by Social Innovation Generation  (SiG) with local partners in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.  
Collaborative Consumption and The Sharing Economy: Opportunities for Cities, Organizations, and Well-Being will be presented on the following dates:
Montreal: Monday, February 10th, 11:00am-12:00pm, Concordia University, David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise
Toronto: Tuesday, February 11th, 5:30pm-7:00pm, MaRS Centre
Calgary: Wednesday, February 12th, 6:30pm-9:00pm, University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business
Vancouver: Thursday, February 13th, 5:20pm-7:30pm, The HiVE 
Click here for more information.
Introducing the Institutional Food Fund
As part of its Sustainable Food Systems initiative, the Foundation is pleased to announce the Institutional Food Fund, a program designed to help hospitals, long-term care centres, schools and universities procure and provide more local, sustainable and healthy food. This fund will support institutions in making the provision of healthy, local food not only achievable, but standard practice. It seeks to shift supply chains toward sustainability and welcomes projects that demonstrate potential for broader influence and innovation. Click here for more information.
Upcoming Webinar on Partnering with 
Indigenous Communities
The Foundation and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada invite you to tune in on February 26th, 2014 from 12:00-1:00pm (EST) for a webinar entitled "Leading Together - Partnerships between Indigenous peoples and the voluntary/philanthropic sector".
This webinar will discuss promising approaches to partnership development, and provide insight into why meaningful partnerships are important to community and philanthropic work with Indigenous communities. Speakers include Jessica Bolduc, National Youth Representative at the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples; Nadia Duguay, Co-Founder of Exeko; Wanda Brascoupe Peters, Executive Director of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canadaand Stephen Huddart, the Foundation’s President & CEO. Presentations will be followed by an interactive question and discussion period, moderated by Erin Montour. 
For more information click here
New Grants
The Trustees of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation have approved the following grants and contributions:
ArtBridges ($298,000), to increase ArtBridges’ organizational capacity as it identifies, links and supports community-based arts initiatives across Canada.
La Ville de Lac-Mégantic ($450,000), to support a participatory process enabling townspeople, urban planners and the University of Sherbrooke to participate in the town’s reconstruction using advanced sustainability principles and practices.
Child Development Institute (CDI) ($650,000), to help CDI disseminate the SNAP (Stop Now and Plan) program - a self management tool for children and families prone to violence - to eight new sites across Canada.
Green Communities Canada ($300,000), to support delivery of an integrated storm water management program as a social enterprise, enabling GCC to offer it to more communities on a cost recovery basis. 
Community Energy Association ($275,000), to further develop and test an integrated community energy planning framework and related resources for Canadian communities, with the goal of reducing overall energy use by 25%.
Parachute Canada ($300,000), to create a stakeholder database and map that will weave injury prevention groups from across the country into a cohesive national network, and thereby enable the dissemination of more effective injury reduction solutions.
Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Fund (up to $225,000),  contribution to a fund that will support up to 75 food security and sustainability-related projects in Northern Manitoba, building local capacity for project management and participatory evaluation.
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