Tools

Funding and Partnerships Guide

The purpose of this guide is to describe the Foundation’s approach to funding and partnerships The McConnell Foundation receives hundreds of proposals each year and many people participate in due diligence and partnership development. The guide is used to create parameters for our staff to be consistent in our approach in order to help reduce bias, enhance equity, and ensure that […]

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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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COVID-19 Decision-Making: A Social Impact Tool for Social Purpose-driven Organizations

With the emergence of the global COVID-19 pandemic, social purpose-driven organizations are stepping up to the challenge of pivoting their business models to play their role. Now, more than ever, leaders are called upon to make immediate and profound decisions with far-reaching consequences – and with the potential to accelerate and scale their social impact […]

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Catalyst: posAbilities

“Retrofitting” social services for greater inclusion What’s at stake? Research shows that people who belong to social networks experience higher levels of confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. Social networks provide practical and emotional support for people and allow them to experience a sense of opportunity and reciprocity in their communities. Social participation is key to […]

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Smart Cities Resources

As noted by Daniel Araya in Smart Cities as Democratic Ecologies, smart cities are “living habitats capable of adapting to the emerging needs of citizens and residents.”  (2015). To enable these habitats, we need to build a culture of collaboration across sectors and between cities. From challenges and organizations to articles and videos, this list […]

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Student wellbeing for systems change fund – FAQs

The Student Wellbeing for Systems Change Fund is an exciting new granting opportunity through WellAhead. School districts, groups of schools, and organizations working within the education system are invited to apply for projects that are dedicated to both improving student social and emotional wellbeing AND addressing barriers to longer-term, deeper impact. These grants are for […]

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What is Social Innovation?

How do we make the social innovation field more than the sum of its parts? What are our systems change goals for the next 10 years?

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Student Wellbeing for Systems Change Fund Guide

The Student Wellbeing for Systems Change Fund is an exciting new granting opportunity through WellAhead. School districts, groups of schools, and organizations working within the education system are invited to apply for projects that are dedicated to both improving student social and emotional wellbeing AND addressing barriers to longer-term, deeper impact. These grants are for […]

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