Philanthropy

Our new Funding and Partnerships Guide! 

As part of our ongoing efforts to be more responsive, accountable and transparent, we recently changed our application process to make applying for funding easier and more accessible. Our next step is to share our Funding and Partnerships Guide. With helpful background and information on our funding protocols and decision making criteria, we hope this […]

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Our investments in 2020

In 2020, it was vital that the philanthropic sector step up and contribute the best it could in responding to the urgent needs caused by COVID-19. McConnell joined the Give5 campaign and brought its spending up to 5% of the endowment. We disbursed $27 million to over 480 community organizations. This includes COVID-19 funding of […]

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A Holiday Message from Lili-Anna Pereša

It is exciting and a little daunting to join and lead an organization as innovative and impactful as the McConnell Foundation. It is a foundation that always challenged me in a very positive and constructive way as President and Executive Director of Centraide du Grand Montréal. I am honoured to have the opportunity to build […]

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Lili-Anna Pereša to become the new President and CEO of The McConnell Foundation

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Lili-Anna Pereša will be the new President and CEO of the McConnell Foundation, succeeding Stephen Huddart, effective November 16, 2020. Ms. Pereša is currently the President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal, where she has worked since December 2012. For 25 years prior to […]

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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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Strengthening our Relationships with Grantees is More Important Than Ever

Late last year we received the results of a grantee perception survey, conducted by the Center for Effective Philanthropy. While we were digesting the results and planning how we would respond, the COVID-19 virus evolved from a distant concern into a global crisis. It became clear that strong relationships are key to getting through this, […]

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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 and support while facing uncertainty […]

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