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Application Orientation Webinar Video and Slides (2022)

On Thursday January 20, 2022 we hosted a webinar about our two stage application process. The webinar provides an overview of our focus areas as well as the new process for applying for McConnell Foundation funding. On this page you will find a recording of the webinar and the webinar slides, including a summary of […]

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Pour 3 Points Report: Toward A Shared Power Management Model

Pour 3 Points’ raison d’être is to reduce social inequalities by supporting the development of young people in disadvantaged areas through an approach that tends to redefine the power relationship between coaches and young people. Thus, it seemed healthy and coherent for the organization to take a critical look at its relationship to power and […]

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McConnell Foundation Impact Investing Annual Report 2019

McConnell started its journey of impact investing in 2007 when we made a $10 million bridge loan to finance part of the construction of Quest University. The loan was repaid in full with interest in 2009. This was an important milestone for us. The experience of making a direct investment in a grantee and making […]

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Digital Threats to Democracy

From August 16-19 2019, McConnell, Luminate and the Public Policy Forum convened a group of experts and stakeholders from the field of civic digital literacy and mis/disinformation prevention to discuss “digital threats to our democracy”. Together, we explored ways to deepen digitally enabled civic engagement and strengthen our collective capacity to respond to these digital […]

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Canadian Public Interest Journalism and Democracy

The McConnell Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada, brought together a group of stakeholders working at the intersection of public interest journalism and democracy to build relationships, deepen collective understanding of the connections between a healthy democracy and public interest journalism, and to explore potential interventions across sectors

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Legitimacities: Notes on innovating our cities from the sidewalk up

Could a network of regulatory experimentation labs in cities build legitimacy and shape inclusive innovation toward a great transition? The societal crises of ecological collapse and inequality require bold collective action. Yet the foundations of collective action are shaking; trust in government and institutions has eroded. It is at the scale of cities and communities […]

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Building Social Infrastructure: The role of students

What is social infrastructure? “Social infrastructure” is the set of organizational arrangements and investments in society’s systems, relationships, and structures that enable society to create a resilient, just, equitable, and sustainable world. It includes social, economic, environmental and cultural assets. Examples in postsecondary institutions include offering bursaries to students with specific barriers to accessing education, […]

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Building Social Infrastructure: The role of VPs External

What is social infrastructure? “Social infrastructure” is the set of organizational arrangements and deliberate investments in society’s systems, relationships, and structures that enable society to create a resilient, just, equitable and sustainable world; it includes social, economic, environmental and cultural assets. Educational institutions can use the idea of social infrastructure as a way to organize and communicate their efforts […]

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Building Social Infrastructure: The role of VPs Finance

What is social infrastructure? “Social infrastructure” is the set of organizational arrangements and deliberate investments in society’s systems, relationships, and structures that enable society to create a resilient, just, equitable and sustainable world; it includes social, economic, environmental and cultural assets. Educational institutions can use the idea of social infrastructure as a way to organize and communicate their efforts to create positive social change […]

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Building Social Infrastructure: the role of Presidents

What is social infrastructure? “Social infrastructure” is the set of organizational arrangements and deliberate investments in society’s systems, relationships, and structures that enable society to create a resilient, just, equitable, and sustainable world; it includes social, economic, environmental and cultural assets. Educational institutions can use the idea of social infrastructure as a way to organize and communicate their efforts to create positive social change […]

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