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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, on September 30, honours Survivors of residential schools, the children who never returned home, their families and communities. Collective commemoration of our tragic and painful history, and the effects of residential schools, is a vital component of the reconciliation process. 

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Our latest news – September 2023

In our September newsletter, find out about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation events in Ottawa and Montreal, on September 30. For our Climate focus area, we present a new report, prepared by Dunsky, on Deep Energy Retrofits for the Residential Sector, Opportunities for philanthropy. Our Reconciliation focus area will be updating its funding strategy; […]

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Our May newsletter

  Our May newsletter includes highlights from the Montreal Climate Summit, two climate webinars and SVX for the new Impact Investing Accelerator.   Read the newsletter

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Year in Review 2022

Our latest edition At McConnell, 2022 brought refreshing opportunities to meet and collaborate in person as we moved deeper into our work in Communities, Reconciliation and Climate. This was also a year marked by many challenges for the sector, with rising inflation, increased demand for services and a need for large-scale mobilization of capital. This […]

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Long-time partners: the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society & McConnell

To mark 20 years of the McConnell Foundation partnering to forward reconciliation work, we wish to honour our partner the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (Caring Society). The Foundation first began funding reconciliation activities in 2003 with the Caring Society’s Caring Across the Boundaries, an initiative that fostered partnerships between First Nations’ communities […]

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An Update on our Investment Strategy

As a private charitable foundation, we have the privilege and the responsibility to deploy all of our assets to help advance our mission to foster a resilient, inclusive and sustainable society that can successfully address its complex challenges. The scale and the urgency of the issues facing our three main focus areas of Communities, Reconciliation […]

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Funding Opportunity: Community Services Recovery Fund

Applications are now open for the Community Services Recovery Fund. This new fund will support projects to help charities, Indigenous governing bodies and non-profits to modernize and adapt to the long-term impacts of the pandemic. The Community Services Recovery Fund, a one-time $400-million investment, is aimed at strengthening the community sector and support post-pandemic recovery […]

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Change in funding approach for Climate in 2023

Since launching the McConnell Foundation’s Climate focus area in April 2021, our primary funding approach has been responsive – accepting proposals through our online portal and reviewing them all year long. We have received hundreds of proposals and are fortunate to be supporting 50 partners working to reduce emissions and enhance equity in climate action […]

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Warm wishes for the Holidays from Lili-Anna Pereša

As the Winter Solstice approaches, with the sun only shining for a few hours, I am reminded of the warmth my colleagues and I have felt reconnecting in person this year. One of my greatest “non-guilty” pleasures is meeting with community leaders, who day in and day out, go out of their way to make […]

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Announcing winners of Great Canadian ESG Championships

As co-investors of the Great Canadian ESG Championships – a responsible investing competition developed and led by the Trottier Foundation – we are pleased to announce the winners of the $104.5M investment mandate, as well as the release of the Championship’s State of the Industry report, which takes a deep dive into the key trends […]

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