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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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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Announcing our Indigenous Housing Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that Dominique Collin has joined the Foundation for an 18-month fellowship focusing on Indigenous housing. The McConnell fellowship program enhances our capacity to respond to time-sensitive opportunities that increase our impact. Fellows provide a complimentary expertise to the Foundation’s team in a domain aligned with its focus areas.  Dominique Collin […]

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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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