2019

For Greta, with gratitude

You’ve made us realize that it is time for a rethink, and for courageous action. In 1946, Albert Einstein, spurred by the knowledge that the threat of nuclear annihilation meant that humanity needed to displace war as a means of resolving human conflict, ran an ad in the New York Times that read in part: […]

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Financial empowerment: taking individuals from survival to prosperity — Interview with Liz Mulholland of Prosper Canada

Prosper Canada is a national charity dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation. It focuses on developing and promoting financial policies, programs and resources that improve the financial health of people with low incomes. This interview with Liz Mulholland, CEO, has been edited for length and readability. […]

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Job posting for a Participatory City Development Manager

The McConnell Foundation is hiring for a new position, Participatory City Development Manager. The role will be part of the Cities for People ecosystem and reports to the Program Director for city initiatives at McConnell. It will involve working closely with the UK-based Participatory City Foundation and with multi-sectoral teams in at least three Canadian […]

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Investing together in Canada’s Social R&D capacity

Many charities and non-profits recognize that “business as usual” will not be sufficient in addressing complex social and environmental challenges. The systems we work in are changing quickly and it is important to have space and time to learn, reflect and test new kinds of practice that might lead to better social and environmental outcomes. […]

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Mobilizing support for positive social change through live events — Interview with Marika Anthony-Shaw of PLUS1

PLUS1 partners with live events to mobilize support for positive social change. Matching artists with impactful organizations, PLUS1 adds $1 to each ticket sold and gives away 100% of the money raised to the chosen causes. This interview with co-founder Marika Anthony-Shaw has been edited for length and readability. You’ve described the “plus-one” ticket sales […]

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Art as an agent of transformation for youth — Interview with Phyllis Novak and Rudy Ruttiman of Sketch

SKETCH, based in Toronto, is a community arts enterprise engaging diverse young people, ages 16-29, who navigate poverty, or live homeless or on the margins. The ultimate goals are to transform lives and communities. This interview with founding artistic director, Phyllis Novak, and executive director, Rudy Ruttiman, has been edited for length and readability. Can […]

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How forests fight climate change – Interview with Daimen Hardie and Zach Melanson of Community Forests International

Community Forests International is a New Brunswick-based environmental non-profit, working to connect people and their communities to the forests that sustain them. This interview with two of the co-founders, Daimen Hardie and Zach Melanson, has been edited for length and readability. You operate in rural Africa (Pemba Island, in the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar in […]

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Impact Conversations: Supporting financial intermediaries to grow impact investing in Canada,

Foundation Director of Solutions Finance, Erica Barbosa Vargas, recently sat down with Lynn Fergusson of the Impact Conversations podcast to discuss Canada’s growing impact investing sector. She also shares what the Foundation is doing to address the bottleneck they see in financial intermediaries, so that more funds can be directed into impact investing, to ultimately […]

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Post-secondary gathers to renew focus on reconciliation

As the key driver of economic and social mobility in Canada, universities and colleges have a unique role to play in supporting reconciliation. It’s why last month together with Yukon College our Re-Code program hosted a first-of-its-kind gathering entitled “Perspectives on Reconciliation.” Over 7 days, 31 Canadian post-secondary institutions gathered to discuss the roles they […]

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Join McConnell Foundation to help make a difference in Canada

The McConnell Foundation is currently recruiting a Program Officer to join its team in Montreal on a full-time, permanent basis. The successful candidate would be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and a portfolio of grants related to our strategic orientations, including our focus on building a low-carbon economy in Canada.  As […]

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