October News
Foundation plans to double impact investments from 5% to 10%
In 2009, we set out to allocate 5% of the Foundation's total assets under management toward impact investments -- these are investments that aim for social, environmental as well as financial returns. This year we reached our goal, and now the plan is to raise our commitment to 10%. But what exactly is impact investing, what are its implications for other foundations, and how did we get here? 
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Good food on the menu: $1.6 million for local, sustainable products 
Several schools, hospitals, long-term care centres and campuses across Canada have collectively directed $1.6 million to the sourcing of locally produced food, including $325,000 toward goods that meet additional sustainability criteria such as meat raised without the use of therapeutic antibiotics. These are the results of the past year of activity undertaken by the first cohort of the Foundation’s Institutional Food Fund grantees.  
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A new platform to collect valuable insights about postsecondary education through the RECODE network
RECODE recently launched its Impact Reporting platform, which provides an opportunity for post-secondary schools from across Canada to share school-specific data and showcase progress and impact publicly and in real-time. The platform will allow RECODE to collect, analyze, gain insights, report on trends and increase collaboration within and across higher education and the RECODE network.
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Ontario government funds seven new SNAP sites
The Ontario government has endorsed Foundation grantee, the Child Development Institute's SNAP program, as an evidence-based middle-years program for high-risk children with serious behaviour problems, and is fully funding the development of seven new SNAP sites in Ontario. The program also received the prestigious Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh Award as a leading child and youth organization.
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Spotlight on new grants

The Trustees of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation have approved new grants and contributions to: PoweredbyData, Centraide of Greater Montreal, People for Education and the Tamarack Institute.
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RECODE-Intel Survey: mapping change in higher education
Last year, RECODE and Intel conducted a survey to better understand the different factors that contribute to a successful higher education experience. Through this follow-up survey, which builds on what you told us, we are asking how change in one area of higher education affects other areas. The data will help us understand the relationships between the challenges we face and how to better address them. To get a sense of what we hope to accomplish with the data, check out this short video.
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Indigenous Innovation Summit
November 18-20, The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) and partners are hosting Canada’s first ever Indigenous Innovation Summit in Winnipeg, M.B. The Summit is an opportunity to create new connections, share solutions to common challenges and to learn about the current state of social innovation in Canada
Healthy School Communities National Forum
November 16-17, Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) will host a Healthy School Communities National Forum in Ottawa/Gatineau. This national event will bring together professionals from the health, education, active living and research sector to connect with, celebrate, and learn from school communities working collaboratively to make healthy schools a priority goal of Canadian schools.
Social Finance Forum 2015

November 12-13, the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing is hosting the eighth annual Social Finance Forum. The event is an opportunity to network and build relationships with leaders in Canada's diverse social finance sector, and to learn about international advancements in the field.
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