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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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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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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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Great Canadian ESG Championships

McConnell joins the Great Canadian ESG Championship: a $90M competition to identify Canada’s best approaches to responsible investing

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