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La Ruche d'Art
on CTV News
 
CTV News Montreal recently featured Foundation grantee
La Ruche d'Art on a
 Power of One segment, highlighting the community art studio's innovative work in Montreal's St. Henri neighborhood.
 
Run by Concordia University's Faculty of Fine Arts and Professor Janis Timm-Bottos, La Ruche d'Art welcomes a growing number of community members—many living on the margins of society—to engage and learn with others while creating and expressing themselves through art.
 

Order of Canada
 
Congratulations to Maytree Foundation President, Ratna Omidvar, and Culture pour tous Founder Louise Sicuro for receiving the Order of Canada—a recognition of a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation.
 
 
 
Social Finance Update
 
At the UN PRI-CBERN Academic Network Conference on Responsible Investment in Toronto on October 3, the Foundation's Erica Barbosa and Concordia University professor Margie Mendell presented on Impact Investing, exchange platforms, and early developments of secondary markets.
 
 
 
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In this issue of the Foundation's e-newsletter, we highlight grantee news, publications, and achievements; an upcoming webinar on Evaluating Social Innovation; and spotlight new Foundation grants.
 
Vibrant Communities: Inspired Learning
A recent report on Vibrant Communities (VC)—a national poverty reduction initiative led by the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement in partnership with the Caledon Institute of Social Policy and the Foundation—focuses on the essential role that national supports played in the success of the initiative.
 
Inspired Learning: An Evaluation of Vibrant Communities' National Supports, with a foreword from Foundation President Stephen Huddart, evaluates the design of the learning and networking features provided with national supports to local VC initiatives (also referred to as a hub or backbone organization). The report highlights the specific impact of providing national supports to such a large and complex pan-Canadian initiative. Inspired Learning is a companion report to the earlier Evaluating Vibrant Communities: 2002-2010, which evaluated the key results VC generated for thousands of low-income households across Canada.
 
L'Abri en Ville receives
National Mental Health Award
Foundation grantee L’Abri en Ville was recently honored with the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC) National Mental Health Award in the Community Capacity category, one of five areas recognized by the MHCC on the occasion of its fifth anniversary.
 
The Community Capacity category recognizes initiatives that strengthen the capacity of community-based mental health services to meet community needs, foster recovery and well-being for clients and their support networks.
 
Upcoming Webinar:
Evaluating Social Innovation
On November 14 at 1:00 p.m. (ET), tune-in for Evaluating Social Innovation: Insights from the Field, a webinar with Foundation Strategy Group's (FSG) Hallie Preskill and Tanya Beer of the Center for Evaluation Innovation, in conversation with Meg Long, Deputy Director at the OMG Center for Collaboration, and John Cawley, Director of Programs and Operations at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.
 
The discussion, based on FSG's recent publication Evaluating Social Innovation, will focus on the successes and challenges that funders and evaluators have experienced in successfully implementing Developmental Evaluations of complex social innovations.
 
To learn more, or to register, click here.
Spotlight on New Grants
We are pleased to highlight recent Foundation grants to the following organizations:
 
The National Arts Centre Foundation, to support the development of the Sistema movement in Canada. Read more.
 
Culture pour tous, to increase the practice of cultural mediation in Quebec by providing training and support to communities in several regions of the province. Read more.
 
Jumblies Theatre, to train local artists and organizations to create community arts sites in 15 rural and urban areas across Canada. Read more.
 
Wapikoni Mobile, to support community programming and, through the Foundation’s Social Innovation Fund, to support its growth phase with a revised business model. Read more.
 
Imagine Canada, to proactively assert a positive message about the community sector’s importance to communities and to Canada, and to coordinate responses to key issues. Read more.
 
Ecotrust Canada – Thisfish—funded in part through the Foundation's Social Innovation Fund—to expand its operations and restructure itself to meet growing demand across Canada for traceable seafood. Read more.
 
Jane’s Walk, to support the development of a strategy and new business model for sustainable expansion. Read more.
 
Greenbelt Fund, to link food distributors with regional aggregators (hubs) to source and supply regionally specific products from small and medium sized farms for institutions such as university cafeterias and hospitals. Read more.
 
 
Visit the Foundation's 75th Anniversary Timeline to learn more about our founder, our history, and where we are headed.

 
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