We believe that many organizations are working to build a more inclusive, innovative, sustainable and resilient society. While the legacy endowment provided by J.W. McConnell places us in a highly privileged position, our resources pale in comparison to the scale of the issues that communities and the environment are confronting. We therefore need to concentrate our funding and efforts. Responding to all needs — as acute and glaring as they are — is impossible. Our commitment is to partner selectively with organizations engaged in at least one of the following focus areas.
We use diverse approaches and methods that support each focus area. This includes supportive funding, impact investing, capability strengthening, supporting public policy change, and co-creating along with partners from the public, private and non-profit sectors. Throughout our work, social innovation practices and principles are integrated.
Learn more about the focus areas that guide our activities and funding:
In addition, all three focus areas intend to support and carry out the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
We hope that our focus areas and frameworks contribute to fostering vibrant emerging or already existing ecosystems of change and acknowledge that we have much to learn.
Where we work
We support organizations and projects that are based anywhere in Canada, that have potential for replication in other parts of the country or that show ambition for national impact in one or more of our focus areas. We prioritize initiatives that seek to catalyze large-scale systems change.
Our head office is in Montreal and we remain deeply tied to our Montreal roots, where we continue to support local projects.
While our mission has remained constant, our funding strategies evolve in response to changing needs. Our current focus areas emerged from our pre-existing initiatives. Though initiatives are no longer accepting applications, the financial commitments made under their purview are being honoured. We are also refining our public interest journalism work in service of the three focus areas.
Find out more about our focus areas as well as what we do and do not fund in our FAQ.