COVID-19 Hub: Updates and Links

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The McConnell Learning Digest

Like many others, the McConnell team has been navigating inordinate amounts of information since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. Week to week, this informal reading digest captures some of the themes that are top of mind for Foundation staff and shares the resources that we’ve come across …

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Grant Announcements – Frontline Healthcare Staff Support Fund

The McConnell Foundation has partnered with HealthCareCAN on the COVID-19 Frontline Healthcare Staff Support Fund.  Over the next three months, support from the fund will enable projects that will help meet frontline staff needs for childcare, counselling and healthy food, along with meeting …

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The Social Innovation Fund’s Organizational Rebuilding stream is now closed

The Organizational Rebuilding stream of the Foundation’s Social Innovation Fund’s is now closed to applications. Since its launch on May 5, 2020, this stream has received an overwhelming response. Thank you to all the organizations that took the time to submit applications. We will be announcing the successful …

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New Grants from the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was created to provide short-term support for community organizations facing increased demands, and to help them respond to new opportunities during the first few months of the pandemic and recovery period. While we expect to make several more grants, it is now closed …

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Spotlight on New Grants (June 2020)

In view of the critical nature of the period through which society is passing, the Board has decided to increase its granting activities. We have joined the Give5 initiative, which calls upon foundations to disburse at least 5% of their endowments instead of the statutory …

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COVID-19 as catalyst for increased collaboration and innovation in Canadian universities

Given the projected pace of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it now seems almost certain that university programs in Canada will be offered almost entirely by remote means of instruction during the fall semester of the coming academic year, at minimum. With start-up financial support from the …

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COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund now closed

The McConnell Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is now closed to applications. Since its launch on May 5, 2020, the Fund has received an overwhelming response.  If you have started a draft application in our granting portal but have not yet submitted, please do so prior to …

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Supporting Alberta businesses and strengthening community resilience during COVID-19

EDMONTON, May 14, 2020 – Many communities are looking for ways to support local businesses that are struggling to survive the COVID-19 lockdown and the reopening of the economy. In response, Community Wealth Sharing, an initiative of the McConnell Foundation, is launching a pilot project to support Alberta …

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Spotlight on new grants (May 2020)

At a recent meeting, the Trustees of the McConnell Foundation approved new grants that respond to the COVID-19 crisis and help Canadians transform the systems we will need to be more resilient in the future. COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund ($750K) Recognizing the exceptional circumstances COVID-19 has imposed on …

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New Emergency Fund and SIF Granting Stream in Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis brings unique new demands on the charitable sector. Part of the McConnell Foundation’s response is to join with others in calling for an increase in charitable disbursements for 2020 to 5% (up from the 3.5% required by the CRA) and to propose a Sector Stabilization …

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Helping Those Who Help: the Social Sector’s Three Urgent Calls to Action

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has disrupted Canada’s charitable sector like no other challenge in living memory. Those working in the sector — whether for non-profits, charities, foundations, social enterprises or other organizations devoted to a social purpose — know first-hand the anxiety and stress of striving to provide vital services …

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Supporting local merchants and strengthening community resilience during COVID-19

OTTAWA, April 29, 2020 – The COVID-19 crisis is putting thousands of small owner-operated merchants and restaurants in jeopardy. Having to pay fixed costs while revenues dwindle — in some cases to zero — they risk having to shut down and declare bankruptcy. That’s why the Wellington West …

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Can COVID-19 help unleash the power of online convening?

The world has changed. Physical distancing measures required to protect public health in the face of COVID-19 have forced us to reconsider how to “get things done” at work. Conferences, gatherings and in-person meetings have all been either postponed, cancelled or shifted to online. Video conferences are now …

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Innoweave platform adaptations: Responding to the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 crisis is rapidly and deeply impacting the ability of community sector organizations to deliver urgently needed support across the country. Innoweave is supporting community organizations through this time of crisis with new coaching opportunities, mentorship, and resources.   New Coaching Stream: Leading Through Crisis How do we respond to …

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Innoweave: Crisis Leadership Resources

Innoweave and the McConnell Foundation are continuously scanning the field for best practices and publicly available resources for nonprofit emergency response and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a growing body of resources on different subjects (emergency response, remote working, crisis governance) being made available. It can be difficult …

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Spotlight on new grants

At its recent meeting, the McConnell Foundation Trustees prioritized response to the COVID-19 emergency. This included short term funding for front line organizations; social innovations designed to support civil society organizations and small businesses; and an extension to a societal transition initiative in development. COVID-19 Montreal Emergency Fund …

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COVID-19: Increased flexibility and resources for McConnell grantees

Dear Grantees, Investees and Partners, This has been an intense few weeks for everyone. Let me begin by expressing appreciation for the work that you and your organizations are doing to support our communities, your staff and families during this period of rapid adjustment and uncertainty. We are …

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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that this FAQ will be updated regularly as new questions arise. Please check back here for more information. Your offices are closed. How can I get in contact with you?  You can still reach us by phone at 514-288-2133. Direct phone lines for staff have also …

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Update regarding McConnell’s COVID-19 preventative measures

Dear Grantees, Investees, Partners and Service Providers, In alignment with the Quebec government’s preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all McConnell Foundation staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. Please rest assured that our operations will continue as scheduled during this …

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Letter to Grantees, Investees and Partners Regarding COVID-19 Measures

With the declaration of a COVID-19 pandemic, the McConnell Foundation wants to assure its grantees, investees and partners that we are committed to providing appropriate support throughout this period of heightened risk and uncertainty. We will continue to make grants, process progress reports and make payments in keeping with current …

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