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Canadians For a
New Partnership
On September 4 in Ottawa, the Canadians for a New Partnership (CFNP) initiative officially launched.
The mission of CFNP is to establish and support a broad-based, inclusive, leadership initiative to engage Canadians in dialogue and relationship building aimed at building a new partnership between First Peoples and other Canadians.
The Foundation is pleased to be a supporter of this important new initiative. To learn more about CFNP, visit
How cities and communities build themselves to thrive through difficult times
Join the Walrus Foundation on October 8 at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, for the Walrus Talks Resilience—in collaboration with Cities for People and Musagetes—and listen to eight thought-provoking speakers as they discuss how cities and communities build themselves.
Exploring the Cities We Want and How to Get There
On November 12 at Ryerson University in Toronto, take part in the free public keynote, Exploring the Cities We Want and How to Get There, which begins the 2014 Cities for People Forum and features presentations and a discussion with internationally-renowned thinkers Jan Gehl and Sasha Issenberg. 
Social Innovation and Resilience in Cities
Cities for People and Social Innovation Generation are launching a new online series, Social Innovation and Resilience in Cities, to examine the critical issues affecting our built environment and our lived experience in urban spaces.
A webinar with Enabling City author, Chiara Camponeschi launches the series on September 30. To register, or learn more about the series,
click here
Capturing and Making Sense
of Community Outcomes
Join Tamarack for Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomesupcoming workshops
in Winnipeg and Halifax that provide an opportunity to learn the latest and most practical evaluation ideas
and practices.
For event details, click here.
September News
Innoweave Update
Innovation thrives across Canada

Innoweave, an initiative of the Foundation, continues to work with partners, including the Trico Foundation, United Ways, PwC Canada, and the Government of Canada, to expand its support for non-profits across Canada to generate greater impact.
With another round of Social Innovation Implementation grants recently being issued, 50 new organizations will join the growing number of organizations who receive coaching grants to support moving their ideas and plans into action, and this Fall, more than 30 new webinars and workshops will launch.
Hear from Innoweave grantees to learn how Innoweave grants can help:
  • New Scaling Impact grantee, Aditya Banerjee, Director of Research with Calgary Reads shared, "Grants from Innoweave will allow us to scale down to determine the essence of our work, before scaling those core components up and out across new territories."  Learn more.
  • Erin McFarlane, Community Development Coordinator with CommunityWise, shared her enthusiasm for partnering with Innoweave: "We’re excited to be learning how to more comprehensively integrate evaluation into our project in a dynamic, iterative way and to be encouraged to think more strategically about the project."  Learn how Developmental Evaluation is helping CommunityWise. 
What we're reading...
Community Resources

from collaborators and grantees
Tracking the Energy Revolution, a new report from Foundation grantee,
Clean Energy Canada
Northern Philanthropy: The Effectiveness of Community, a blog post by Philanthropic Foundations Canada President and CEO,
Hilary Pearson. 
Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good: Priorities for Canada, a recent report from Canada’s National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investment Taskforce and the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing.
For SOCIAL INNOVATION resources and materials, visit the SiG Knowledge Hub.
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