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Upcoming Innoweave Activities

Impact and Strategic Clarity
Innoweave is currently inviting applications for the second cohort (April-September 2013) of the Impact and Strategic Clarity module. Led by Certified Innoweave Impact Coaches, the five-month guided process  helps community organizations identify their intended impact and theory of change, which they can use to make strategic decisions.
Applications are due March 4, and are open to organizations across Canada.
To learn more about the Impact module, register for the upcoming information webinars on:
February 6
12:00-1:00p.m. (EDT)
February 13
12:00-1:00 p.m. (EDT) (French)
February 21
12:30-1:30 p.m. (EDT)(English)

Cloud Computing
On February 19 in Montreal, Innoweave is partnering with COCo to host a Cloud Computing workshop to help community organizations understand, select, and implement cloud-based technology solutions.
To learn more about the workshop or to apply, click here. Registration closes February 12.

Developmental Evaluation
On February 5 in Toronto, Innoweave and the Ontario Trillium Foundation will host a Developmental Evaluation (DE) workshop and, in parallel, run a facilitator training session for organizations and individuals interested in running future DE workshops.

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In this issue of the Foundation's e-newsletter, we highlight upcoming Innoweave activities; share news from our Sustainable Food Systems initiative; and spotlight new Foundation grants.
Sustainable Food Systems:
News from the Regional Value Chain program
Through the Foundation's Sustainable Food Systems initiative, we are currently supporting 15 organizations from across Canada to map their regional food systems and/or to plan and implement market-based solutions for more sustainable systems. Completed assessments now available include, Ecology Action Centre's Valuing our FisheriesFood Matters Manitoba’s Revisioning the Harvest, and Nature-Action Québec's Évaluation du système alimentaire durable en Montérégie.
In other food news, videos from Food Secure Canada's 7th National Assembly, which took place this past November in Edmonton, are now available to watch here.
Upcoming Panel Discussion:
Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are
On February 4 at Carleton University, the Foundation's Stephen Huddart will chair the panel discussion, Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are: The Federal Budget and Food Insecurity. Examining Canada's current food challenges and proposing policy and budget measures to address them, the discussion will mark the official launch of Carleton's Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) initiative, which aims to strengthen Canadian communities through action and research on the best practices of community-campus partnerships.
To learn more about the event, click here.
Spotlight on New Grants
We are pleased to highlight recent Foundation grants to the following organizations:
Ashoka Canada, to strengthen the organization's human resources, operations, and revenue diversification. The grant will also support the appointment of at least one Aboriginal Ashoka Fellow (per year) for three years.
The Maytree Foundation for the DiverseCity onBoard program, which connects qualified candidates from visible minority and under-represented immigrant communities with governance positions in agencies, boards, commissions, and nonprofit organizations across the Greater Toronto Area. The Foundation's grant will enable the dissemination, seeding, and mentoring to partners in cities across Canada.
Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L), to establish a “Community Connections Fund” that will match local contributions for CS4L projects; support coordination of the project nationally; provide coaching to communities; and capture lessons for dissemination with key constituencies.
The Natural Step Canada (TNSC), to enable TNSC to meet growing demand from municipalities, industry, and community agencies for Sustainability Transition Labs—an effective method of convening diverse constituencies to create agreed-upon steps towards environmental goals.
Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC), to support the dissemination of CFCC’s approach through the development of four new community food centres in cities outside of Ontario. The grant will also support CFCC’s learning network and the development of operating standards and outcome measurements.
Dynamo, to support a project to review innovative training and capacity building practices from across Canada and around the world, adapt them to the Quebec context, and put them into practice. Dynamo will also collaborate with the Foundation to share promising Quebec social innovation approaches and practices with the rest of Canada.
Chantier de l’économie sociale, to support Commerce Solidaire, an innovative online platform that allows social enterprises to conduct group purchases from local providers, and link their products and services with government purchasing departments.
The Réseau Québécois en Innovation Sociale (RQIS), to expand its reach and impact on the practice of social innovation in Quebec by developing relationships with organizations and networks in different fields and fostering synergies among them using tools such as living labs, workshops, and forums; and support the development of a new interactive web portal to accelerate collaboration and knowledge sharing.
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