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The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation | Fostering a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient Canada.
The Trustees of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation have
approved the following grants and contributions:
Reconciliation Canada ($460,000), to support Reconciliation Canada in strengthening its core program design, management and partnership capacities, as it expands its programming 
beyond its British Columbia base. 
Motivate Canada ($530,000), to support the enhancement of the GEN7 program in three ways: through the development and implementation of a new train-the-trainer approach for youth leadership; infusion of the GEN7 youth training curriculum with examples of Indigenous teachings and practices; and development of an evaluation methodology that is culturally relevant to Indigenous peoples.
Exeko ($830,000), to support Exeko’s expansion across Canada. It will also support new and existing training programs for social service agencies and government departments, which are intended to help shift service approaches to better engage citizens in the process of creating positive social outcomes. 
Possible Canadas
In partnership with Reos Partners, the Foundation is pleased to announce a new project, 'Possible Canadas', which will initiate a cross-country conversation about the opportunities and challenges facing Canada, and about the possible roles of, and relationships among, government, business, organized civil society and citizens in addressing these matters. 
Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability Conference
The Natural Step Canada is excited to announce the 2nd annual Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability Conference, taking place on June 5-6, 2014, at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, Ontario.  
This conference will offer a unique opportunity to deepen learning about collaboration from experts and practitioners, to experience collaboration by creating connections with other change agents, and to seed new collaborative initiatives. Click here for details.
Please see below for news from grantees and programs of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.
RECODE Launches
The Foundation is pleased to launch RECODE, an initiative dedicated to catalyzing social innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education across the country. RECODE is a call to social innovation—to redesign public institutions from the inside out; to disrupt business as usual; to found and grow new social enterprises; to create partnerships across institutional and sectoral boundaries—in short, to 'recode' our culture's operating systems in order to achieve a more just, sustainable and beautiful world.
RECODE will operate at two levels. At the community and campus level, it will support the establishment or advancement of social innovation 'zones’. At the national level, it will encourage a culture of open collaboration among colleges, universities and other stakeholders, through the creation of a national network. 
RECODE’s purpose is to apply the tools and resources of social innovation, social entrepreneurship and impact investing to solving our most pressing societal challenges. We hope that it will strengthen universities' and colleges’ roles as active drivers of social progress, and provide additional support to the generation that will lead our society in 5, 10 and 20 years from now. 
webinar will take place on Tuesday May 13th at 12pm. To learn more about the initiative click here
Innoweave News: New Module,
New Grantees, and New Funding Opportunities
Innoweave’s new Constructive Engagement Module could help your organization develop effective strategies to work with policy makers, practitioners and the public, to effect change. Join us in Toronto on May 27th for our first workshop, in partnership with Ontario Nonprofit Network and hosted by United Way Toronto. Email for more details. 

Innoweave would like to congratulate their newest Implementation Grant recipients, including Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s Swim Guide. Learn more about their experience accessing a grant here

If your organization is interested in Innoweave funding, click here for more details. 
Organizations that have not attended an Innoweave workshop can submit an Expression of Interest for funding until May 15th. Past workshop participants and organizations interested in the Impact and Strategic Clarity Module can apply directly until July 2nd. 
New Social Finance Tool
Last year's Food Farms Fish and Finance Forum catalyzed the creation of Starting Point, a learning resource aimed at providing investors, entrepreneurs, decision-makers and community leaders in the food, farming and fishing sector with an overview of social finance—a tool for solving community-based problems. The Starting Point Module was recently launched by the MaRS Centre for Impact InvestingFarmStart and the 
Ecology Action Centre.
 The Foundation has also been collaborating with Christie Young of FarmStart on a strategic landscape analysis of the financing needs and opportunities of the sustainable food, fish and farming sectors in Canada. We aim to use the results of this analysis to inform the Foundation's investment decisions and to share our learning with funders and other relevant stakeholders.
For Social Innovation resources and materials, visit the SIG Knowledge HUB.

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