February News
“Pour 3 Points seeks to bring about concrete, significant social impact. With this objective in mind, we formed a partnership with the McGill Sport Psychology Research Laboratory to perform an independent assessment of our program. As of right now, the analysis of our initial results is still incomplete, and the jury is out as to what impact our organization has, beyond anecdotal evidence. Nevertheless, the McConnell Foundation believed in us, recognizing that it is not viable to invest in social innovation while demanding, at the same time, the proven fruits of said innovation. Innovation is inherently new, and untested.”
This is an excerpt of a blog by Pour 3 Points founder and executive director Fabrice Vil. Pour 3 Points' purpose is to offer all children from low-income neighbourhoods the chance to develop their potential and become happy, healthy, resilient and dedicated members of their community.
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Shifting procurement practices of institutions towards sustainable food
How can we leverage collective knowledge to increase procurement of fresh, sustainable food in hospitals, schools and campuses? This is what the Foundation’s eight Institutional Food Fund grantees wanted to know when they came together last month as part of the Institutional Food Learning Group meeting that took place in Guelph. By sharing successful case studies — see below for an example from Équiterre — and addressing common challenges, the group hopes to increase the impact of their individual projects.
Read highlights from the Institutional Food Learning Group meeting
Equiterre partnership increases local food in Montreal health institutions
Four long-term care facilities in Montreal are now serving more healthy local ingredients (up to 26% of all food, including 32 varieties of fruits and vegetables) to their residents. The increase in local procurement is the result of a partnership between Équiterre, the Pointe-de-l’Île School Board and the CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de Montréal, with funding from the Foundation’s Institutional Food initiative. The project demonstrates that offering local healthy food in Quebec health institutions is achievable and serves as a model for new partnerships.
Watch the project video to learn more
Tamarack invites you to the “Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayors Lead” summit
From April 5-7, Tamarack’s Vibrant Communities Canada initiative will take on Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s challenge for cities to take leadership around ending poverty. The Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayors Lead summit in Edmonton, Alberta will bring together mayors from communities of all sizes, community leaders and poverty reduction advocates to learn more about best practices in community-based poverty reduction and to coordinate efforts to reduce poverty throughout Canada. The Tamarack Institute is a Foundation grantee.
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RECODE Collaborate issues challenge to post-secondary students, faculty and staff
On March 12-18, RECODE Collaborate is hosting hackED week: a challenge to students, faculty, and staff across Canadian campuses to generate innovative ideas for the future of higher education at their institution. RECODE will grant up to $500 to support the implementation of proposals that demonstrate the potential to spark progress towards a new vision of education on campus.
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Here are some of our favourite blogs from the past month.
The second in a two-part series, Gord Tulloch of PosAbilities discusses having second thoughts about scaling the Building Caring Communities model.
WellAhead BC Lead, Mali Bain, describes how co-design sessions helped select which everyday wellbeing practices will be prototyped in BC school districts this year.  
#Callresponse: Situating Indigenous women in re/conciliation
Tarah Hogue gives an update on {Re}conciliation grantee #callresponse, a socially engaged work that brings together five site-specific art commissions across the country and uses social media and a dedicated project website to connect the sites and generate discussion.  
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Improving outcomes for Ontario Youth

Innoweave’s Youth Collective Impact module enables Ontario communities to develop, launch and implement collaborations that address major challenges and directly improve outcomes for youth in their community. Watch this video to hear from the first cohort of Youth CI participants about how the program increased their impact.
Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission: major impact in first year
“I can’t recall another organization that has made such an impact so early out of the gate,” says Foundation President and CEO Stephen Huddart of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. In their first year of operation, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission’s work sparked many conversations, gained significant media attention and influenced environmental policy in multiple provinces.
Further your impact with the Innoweave Impact and Strategic Clarity module

Innoweave recently published two case studies of organizations that completed their Impact and Strategic Clarity module. The case studies detail each organization's experience working with a Certified Impact Coach, and how they developed an Intended Impact Statement, conducted a rigorous analysis of their programs and activities, and refined their Theory of Change. These case studies are useful for any organization considering how to further their impact.
New Job Opening
Social Innovation Fellow

The Foundation has opened a RECODE Social Innovation Fellowship for professionals in the early stage of their careers. This one-year, full-time position is designed to support the program and administrative activities of the Foundation, while providing opportunities for the fellow to participate in training, exchange, and knowledge generation activities of the Foundation and with the broader social innovation community. Applications due by March 7, 2016.
For SOCIAL INNOVATION resources and materials,
visit the SiG Knowledge Hub.