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 grants to the following organizations:

($300,000), to support the implementation of Teacher Learning Communities, an educator-led dissemination strategy for this math teaching initiative.

($873,000), to support expansion of its online chat and instant messaging service, to respond to the growing numbers of children and youth seeking online counselling. 

($125,000), to support a collaborative of 26 academics and cultural leaders to gather and disseminate learnings from art for social change projects.

Paul Born named Senior Ashoka Fellow
Paul Born, Foundation partner and grantee, has just been named an Ashoka Senior Fellow. Ashoka is a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. This recognizes Paul’s significant contribution as an influencer and thought leader in the economic development sector in Canada. Paul established the Tamarack Institute, the Foundation partner on the Vibrant Communities poverty-reduction initiative.

We would like to congratulate Edmund Piro, the Foundation’s Assistant-Treasurer, on earning the Chartered Financial Analysist designation from the CFA Institute. This training builds upon Ed's existing expertise in investment and portfolio management.

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Please see below for news from grantees and programs of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.
Canada Hosts Social Enterprise
World Forum
The 2013 Social Enterprise World Forum will take place October 2-4 in Calgary, Alberta. Participants from more than 30 countries will gather to learn from leaders, investors and innovators involved in the burgeoning global social enterprise movement. The forum’s theme is Leveraging Markets and Innovations to Solve Social Problems. This will be a unique opportunity to share Canada’s successes and innovations in social entrepreneurship with a global audience, and we look forward to seeing you there.
Registration is now open. For more information click here.
Federal Government Joins Innoweave
Innoweave is pleased to announce a new five-year partnership with the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program. “At a time when governments are operating under conditions of fiscal restraint, it is vital that we invest in communities’ capacity to innovate. The Foundation and our Innoweave partners are grateful for this support, which will expand Innoweave’s ability to provide charities with new management tools,” said Foundation President Stephen Huddart. 
Applications are now open for 15 workshops and facilitator sessions including:
Applications for the Impact and Strategic Clarity module are also open until September 30.
To learn more, click here.
Cities for People: Art for Resilience
In partnership with Musagetes and the Breuninger Foundation of Germany, the Foundation recently held two linked meetings to explore the role of arts and culture in advancing urban resilience and livability, drawing on examples from around the world. The group drafted a position paper entitled The Art of Resilience, the Resilience of Art.
SVX Launches September 19th
At the opening bell of the Toronto Stock Exchange on September 19, Foundation grantee the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing will launch the SVX, North America’s first trading platform for social ventures. The SVX will act as a single access point connecting ventures, funds, investors and service providers. While initially open to qualified institutional investors in Ontario, the goal is to expand the platform to other parts of Canada.
Click here for more information on the SVX.
Foundation Hosts Summer Interns
The Foundation is pleased to have had three interns working with us this summer - Sally Giffin, Sean Reginio and Erin Montour.
Sally (left) recently graduated with a B.A. in political science from Queen’s University. While at the Foundation she has developed a keen interest and aptitude for social finance and impact investing, and will be extending her stay to work on projects relating to this part of our work.
Sean (center) studies Economics at McGill University, and has a particular interest in social entrepreneurship and social innovation. He contributed to a variety of projects during his time at the Foundation, and is returning to complete his studies this fall.
Erin (right) has also extended her stay at the Foundation, focusing mainly on Indigenous projects. She recently joined the Board of the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples.
Those interested in future internship positions at the Foundation are invited to apply after January 1.
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