Mary Gordon Profiled in Times
Roots of Empathy, created in 1996, offers empathy-based programming for children and to date has reached 450,000 children worldwide.
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Imagine Canada Announces Standards Program
Imagine Canada recently announced its new Standards Program, designed to strengthen public confidence in the charitable and nonprofit sector. Offering accreditation to charities and nonprofits that can demonstrate excellence in five key areas, the program is one of the first-of-its-kind globally and at a national level.
Former McConnell Foundation Secretary-Treasurer, Claude David, is a Peer Reviewer for the Standards Program.
In this issue of the Foundation's e-newsletter, we highlight the Community Service-Learning Awards, Geoff Mulgan's presentation on Austerity and Innovation, and spotlight Foundation grantees in the news.
CSL Awards—Winners Announced!
With support from the Foundation, it has become a common feature of campus life across Canada, giving students a sense of real world relevance to their studies, and transforming university-community relationships.
Click here to watch videos of the winning CSL projects.
Geoff Mulgan on
Austerity and Innovation
Geoff Mulgan—internationally recognized leader and speaker on social innovation, and Chief Executive of Nesta in the United Kingdom—recently visited Toronto for a whirlwind tour that included 22 engagements and four talks in four days. The tour was organized and presented by MaRS and Social Innovation Generation (SiG) as part of the Inspiring Action for Social Impact speakers series.
On May 2, Mr. Mulgan spoke about Austerity and Innovation to a packed house at the MaRS Discovery District and to audiences in nine cities across Canada via live stream. During his presentation he discussed the opportunities society has to overcome the barriers that fiscal challenges present to social innovation.
Click here to watch his presentation on Austerity and Innovation and here to simultaneously view the slides used in his talk.
Right to Food—UN Visit to Canada
Over the course of the 10-day visit, the Special Rapporteur met with federal government ministries, provincial and municipal authorities, political party officials, Aboriginal groups and communities in four provinces, and convened meetings with civil society organizations in five cities across Canada.
On May 16, press conferences were held on Parliament Hill by the Special Rapporteur and by Foundation grantee, Food Secure Canada—one of the organizations to help facilitate meetings for the Special Rapporteur's visit—highlighting the need to adopt a national food strategy.
Read the Special Rapporteur's preliminary report here. For media coverage of the mission, click here.
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