We believe that unleashing innovation, creativity and experimentation is critical to solving society’s problems. But innovation alone isn't enough to achieve impact. With a whole-systems view that reveals the interconnections between organizational, sectoral and disciplinary silos, it is possible to design and implement actions that shift systems to produce better outcomes for people and communities.
Social innovation supported by such capacities will help us align many perspectives on a problem, see with fresh eyes, and then test, iterate and implement better responses to society’s toughest challenges.
Social innovation helps Canadians co-create, test and scale solutions that respond to complex challenges. In keeping with the dynamics of complexity, it helps us see ourselves as part of the problem, and thus, affords us a role in its transformation.Learn More
We have a commitment to shared learning—asking questions, sharing ideas, and engaging in focused experimentation—to help create the conditions necessary for systems changeLearn More
Key to our work is an acknowledgement that no one organization or sector (private, public, or nonprofit) has all the answers to, or ownership of, systemic problems. Innovation and collaboration are essential to achieving impact at scale.Learn More
Innoweave helps community organizations learn about and implement the tools of social innovation. It helps organizations clarify their goals and scale their impact, collaborate with diverse partners, advocate effectively, and operate social innovation labs.Learn More
Successful systems innovation requires adequate resourcing and new forms of capital allocation. The Foundation’s Solutions Finance unit uses an integrated approach to deploying financial capital, such as combining investments with granting, and adapting financial models to catalyze, sustain and scale social systems transformation.Learn More
Impact investing is an investment tool aimed at intentionally creating positive societal impact beyond generating financial return.Learn More
Social Innovation Fund
Improving the lives of Canadians requires breakthrough ideas and approaches, game-changing strategies and collaborations, and continuous innovation. The Social Innovation Fund supports organizations that are disseminating a social innovation, or strengthening their internal ability to introduce a new operating model.Learn More
The Fellowship program complements the work of regular staff in fields of interest to our sector. Senior Fellows are experienced leaders who provide mentorship and expert advice, or who conduct research. Social Innovation Fellows are young people who work for a year on a foundation initiative.Learn More
A social innovation lab (abbreviated to social lab, or lab) is a process that enables multi-stakeholder groups to address complex social problems. There are many types of social labs.Learn More
Social Innovation Learning Program
Through our Social Innovation Learning Program (SILP), the Foundation offers semi-regular retreats to grantees working to scale their social innovation.Learn more