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

Culture Days
A recent Foundation grant will help Culture Days strengthen and grow the cultural engagement movement in Canada by establishing a Learning Program to capture and share innovative practices among its network.
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The Foundation is supporting the development of the Indspire Institute, with a specific focus on the Virtual Networking and Coaching Program, which will provide access to coaching and mentoring for teachers of Aboriginal children.
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Outward Bound Canada
A grant from the Foundation will support the growth of Outward Bound Canada's urban adventure program.
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La Ruche d'Art
The Foundation is supporting the dissemination of
La Ruche d’Art as a successful community arts studio model that promotes social inclusion.
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The Omega Foundation
A recent Foundation
grant to the Omega Foundation supports their SmartSAVER initiative—a program to strengthen the ability of low-income Canadian families to save for their children’s post-secondary education.
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In this issue of the Foundation's e-newsletter, we: announce the upcoming Innoweave module on Impact and Strategic Clarity; highlight the July issue of Technology Innovation Management Review; share the latest SiG activities; and spotlight new Foundation grants.
Announcing the Innoweave Module on
Impact and Strategic Clarity!
The Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the first group of non-profit and charitable organizations to participate in Innoweave’s Impact and Strategic Clarity module. The application deadline is Friday, September 14, 2012 for a program that will run between November 2012 and March 2013 and include 10 to 14 accepted organizations.
The Impact and Strategic Clarity module will help organizations examine their current programs in a structured and strategic way. Organizations will clarify what they aim to achieve, how they will accomplish it, and how they will measure and communicate success.
United Way Centraide Canada, United Way York Region, PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada Foundation, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and CISCO Canada are supporting this module, which includes a unique consulting engagement with the US Bridgespan Group. Consultants and professional services firms are invited to shadow the first cohort and help to conduct the second and ensuing offerings.
To learn more about Innoweave or to apply for the upcoming Impact module, visit
TIM Review: Social Innovation
Foundation President Stephen Huddart is the guest editor for the July issue of Technology Innovation Management (TIM) Review. The issue highlights the promise and potential of technology-enabled social innovation and features contributions from some of Canada's leading social innovators and entrepreneurs.
Click here to download TIM Review's July issue.
SiG in Atlantic Canada
Social Innovation Generation (SiG) members recently participated in two events in Atlantic Canada—the Social Innovation in Nova Scotia Forum and the ALIA (Authentic Leadership in Action) Summer Institute.
The Social Innovation in Nova Scotia Forum took place June 15 and involved leaders from all sectors of society. It included discussions on cross-sector collaboration, social finance, new approaches to solving complex challenges, the community and social innovation, and the role of ‘solutions labs’.
The forum served as a springboard for a leadership team to increase provincial investment in social innovation; implement engagement strategies to ensure diverse participation; and build spaces for developing, prototyping, and launching innovations.
From June 18-22 near Halifax, more than 200 people came together for the ALIA Summer Institute, where SiG members Frances Westley and Tim Brodhead headlined the first day and Vickie Cammack, Tim Draimin, Al Etmanski, and Cheryl Rose led a four-day Social Innovation workshop entitled How the World is Changed: Seeing and Shifting Patterns in Systems.
To learn more about SiG's activities, visit
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