The Trustees of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation have approved grants to the following organizations:
($385,000), to support the design, implementation and evaluation of an online platform to connect, engage and empower youth-led mental health groups across the country.
($300,000), to support its plan to create a new generation of social entrepreneurs in Canada by building organizational capacity, consolidating and disseminating knowledge, and strengthening EWB’s chapter network.
($240,000), a network that organizes people in low income neighbourhoods to exchange services outside the market economy, to expand and strengthen its time-banking program.
($300,000), to expand its Community Connector program, which integrates individuals with developmental disabilities with the people, places and activities in their neighbourhoods.
Innoweave is accepting applications for upcoming workshops, including:
Trudeau Foundation Welcomes Tim Brodhead
The Trudeau Foundation has announced that Tim Brodhead, the J.W. McConnell Foundation’s former President, will serve as its interim President and CEO. “I am pleased to serve the Trudeau Foundation in this capacity, as it is an organization I strongly believe in,”said Mr. Brodhead, who also continues to serve as a valued advisor to the Foundation's Social Innovation Generation (SIG) initiative.
Please see below for news from grantees and programs of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.
Reviving Reciprocity: All My Relations Gathering
As a contribution to this work, the Foundation is pleased to present Leading Together: Indigenous Youth in Community Partnerships, produced in collaboration with Journalists for Human Rights and Tyee Solutions Society. This publication and accompanying videos will profile Indigenous and non-Indigenous partnerships across Canada focused on young people. Most have been prepared by experienced and emerging Indigenous journalists. Leading Together will be released at the All My Relations Gathering and will be available on our website in November 2013.
Announcing The Kathleen
Laing Memorial Scholarships
We are pleased to announce the creation of The Kathleen Laing Memorial Scholarships to support students leaving the foster care system and entering post-secondary education. Annually, five students from across Canada will be awarded scholarships of $5,000 per year, renewable for up to four years.
The scholarship is named in honour of Mrs. Kathleen Laing, daughter of Mr. J.W. McConnell, who passed away last year, to reflect her lifelong concern for the less fortunate.
Mrs. Laing was personally involved with the Foundation for over thirty years, serving as its President in the 1960's, and later as a Trustee.
The Kathleen Laing Memorial Scholarships have been established in partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation, who will manage the program on the Foundation’s behalf. Interested students can apply online through the Children’s Aid Foundation in February 2014.
Ontario Government Supports Social Enterprise
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment stated “Our plan starts by making the growth of social enterprises easier by removing some of the barriers they face and making available social finance tools that connect them with investors who are interested in achieving a social return on investment, as well as a financial one”. Click here to read the report.
Food Business Boot Camp
for entrepreneurs promoting healthy, local and sustainable food
The Foundation is partnering with Food Secure Canada to offer Food Business Boot Camp, a program combining online and in-person training as well as one-on-one coaching and mentoring from food business experts. It is open to non-profits, charities, cooperatives and small businesses.
This program, which includes a series of eight webinars and a two-day workshop in Montreal on November 26-27, will cover topics including the business landscape, data-based modelling, business structure, financing, operations and growth. The workshop will provide opportunities to learn from experienced enterprises and exchange with other start-up enterprises from across Canada. Participants will also be eligible to apply to the Foundation for coaching grants. For more information, see Food Secure Canada’s website.
Community Foundations of Canada Releases Vital Signs Report
This year's edition, Fertile Ground: Sowing the seeds of change in Canada's food system, explores our relationship with food and asks how communities can mobilize locally to build a better food system for the future. "Community foundations across Canada support a myriad of programs and services related to food,” says CFC’s Ian Bird. “We wanted to use Vital Signs to step back, look at the bigger picture and share that view with communities and Canadians.”
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