Inclusion

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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Community response to COVID: How the CNIB adapted to serve

Community Response to COVID-19 McConnell’s 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. The fund was designed to respond to the immediate and unprecedented need to support community organizations as they […]

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Our commitment to contributing to racial justice in Canada

The systemic racism against Black and Indigenous communities and people of colour (BIPOC) has taken on renewed significance for everyone working at the Foundation since the senseless deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Chantel Moore in New Brunswick, and so many others. These tragic incidents are representative of a brutal history and centuries of injustice […]

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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 June 5. The team is continuously reviewing applications […]

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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 Fund.  Today the Foundation is announcing two […]

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Extending retirement security to the non-profit sector: Interview with Alex Mazer of Common Wealth

Common Wealth is a business dedicated to expanding access to retirement security. This interview with founding partner, Alex Mazer, focuses on the Common Good Retirement Plan, currently in development. The transcript has been edited for length and clarity.   Could you briefly explain the scale of the financial security problem in the non-profit sector that […]

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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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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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Job opportunity: Senior Program Officer

The McConnell Foundation is currently recruiting a Senior Program Officer to join its team on a full-time, permanent basis. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and managing a portfolio of grants related to our strategic orientations, including our focus on advancing reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples […]

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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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