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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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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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Updating our Communities funding strategy

We are pleased to share that we have updated the strategy for our Communities focus area. Going forward, we aim to support community resilience through amplifying the leadership of equity-deserving groups to address systemic barriers to economic and social justice   Supporting healthy, resilient communities has been central to the McConnell Foundation since our founding in […]

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McConnell to adjust active funding in response to impact of inflation

In August of this year, annual inflation reached 7 per cent. Rising costs have placed an enormous strain on the resources of non-profits. With household budgets strained, economic hardship has led to higher demand for programs and services while at the same time making the delivery of these programs more expensive.    Philanthropic foundations can play […]

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: prepare, mark and honour

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, on September 30, honours Survivors of residential schools, the children who never returned home, and their families and communities. This year we have partnered with Atikamekw artist Eruoma Awashish, who draws on the theme of healing in her work, to evoke three key moments in the long journey of […]

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Equity, diversity and inclusion in climate action in Canada: the role of philanthropy

Intersectionality and social justice movements are transforming the way climate change is addressed. For philanthropy to be part of this transformation, funders need to be involved in identifying the systemic barriers that individuals and communities face. In this way, they can work together to help overcome the obstacles to address the climate crisis.   In their […]

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National Indigenous Peoples Day 2022

For Summer Solstice / National Indigenous Peoples Day, we honour our partners across the land and their work with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. Read more

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Impact Investing Report 2021

The 3rd edition of the Impact Investing Report is now available!  Our third annual Impact Investing Report provides an update on our 2021 allocation of our impact investing portfolio and shares some portfolio level data. It highlights the diversity of approaches with which impact investing managers are using capital to make extraordinary contributions to social […]

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