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February 2024 Newsletter

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Request for Proposals: Scoping research on Indigenous housing

About the Foundation The McConnell Foundation is a private Canadian philanthropic foundation that contributes to diverse and innovative approaches to address community resilience, reconciliation and climate change. We do so through funding and investment partnerships, strengthening capabilities, convening, and collaborating with the public, private and non-profit sectors.   About the Reconciliation Focus Area The McConnell […]

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Photo from streetview of the Woodnote building. When it opened in 2020, Woodnote was a milestone in nearly 10 years of work to reimagine the future of student housing. Located across from the iconic La Fontaine Park in Montreal, Woodnote has 144 rooms ranging from studios to four-bedroom apartments.

UTILE: A renewed approach to student housing to improve affordability for all

Throughout 2024, we will feature partners working on affordable housing solutions. We kickoff our partner spotlight series with UTILE.

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Update on our commitment to divest from fossil fuels

As a first step in our commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions in our portfolio, in 2022 McConnell’s Board approved the removal of all assets involved in the production, distribution and retailing of oil, gas, and coal, considered part of scope 1 and 2 emissions. Specifically, we committed to divesting our portfolio of companies that […]

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Strengthening dialogue and engagement in times of crisis

The McConnell Foundation envisions a future in which our economy and social systems promote the thriving of all people, and in which the natural environment is stewarded for generations to come. We see all sectors working together to address climate change, to help foster reconciliation, and unleash individual creativity and organizational resources to solve social […]

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Indigenous philanthropy: a transformative journey

Today is Winter Solstice, a day of significance in many Indigenous cultures. To close the series Reconciliation through the Seasons, which marks 20 years of Reconciliation work at McConnell, we are highlighting the work of our partner the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund. 

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Holiday message from our CEO

Points of light As the year draws to a close, I am reminded of the fragility of peace, and the importance of connectivity and community, as we face society’s challenges. Words are not easy to come by in these very troubled and highly sensitive times. My thoughts are with all those affected by violence, both […]

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At the border of a lake surrounded by mountains, a large group of individuals stand in a circle around a fire pit. An Indigenous man with a long braid and a woman address them. This meeting happened at the Summer Institute, at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, Yukon in 2019.

McConnell at a Glance

In recent years, McConnell has renewed its vision and mission, shifted our funding work to Communities, Reconciliation and Climate focus areas and announced a commitment to allocating 100% of our investment portfolio to impact by 2028. 

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Partner Perception Survey 2023

The McConnell Foundation conducted its 2023 Partner Perception Survey to gather feedback from its partners. In 2019, the initial survey led to improvements in the application process, communications and focus areas.

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Strengthening First Nations self-governance with CFNG

The Centre for First Nations Governance works through research, community development and training to uphold First Nations’ right to self-governance.   Since 2008, the Centre for First Nations Governance (CNFG) has delivered nation-rebuilding workshops to citizens and leaders in over 200 First Nations. Today, the Centre supports First Nations as they work their way through a […]

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