The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation | Fostering a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient Canada.

 
Omega Foundation's SmartSaver Pilot a Success
 
Omega Foundation wrapped up its SmartSAVER Toronto pilot—an initiative that seeks to improve the reach of the Canada Learning Bond to seed real savings for lower-income kids—and it surpassed all expectations.
 
Read the evaluation of SmartSAVER's pilot here.
 

 
Diversity in Governance Award Winners
 
DiverseCity onBoard, a Foundation grantee, held its 2013 Diversity in Governance Toronto Awards on June 19th. These awards honour nonprofit organizations, public agencies, boards and commissions that have promoted diversity at their highest levels of governance.
 
 
The Foundation’s grant to DiverseCity onBoard is supporting the dissemination of its model to cities across Canada. Click here for more information.
 

 
Food, Farms, Fish and Finance Forum New Blog and Videos
 
Video and blog now available, highlighting Sustain Ontario’s Food, Farms, Fish and Finance Forum that took place May 2013 in Toronto.
 
This strategic forum brought together food, farm and fisheries leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs with social finance leaders, investors and collaborators to explore the opportunities and challenges in growing local, sustainable food systems. 
 
If you missed the forum, want to revisit it or get involved in the action it generated, check out the videos and blog now up on Sustain Ontario’s site.
 



Institut du Nouveau Monde Releases
New Resource
 
The INM released Labis : collaborative process for finding solutions to complex social problems, a publication outlining the key concepts of their Social Innovation Laboratory. 
 
Click here for more info on the Labis program and resources. 
 

 
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CSL Awards Winners Announced!
The Foundation is pleased to announce the Community Service-Learning Award Winners, which recognize successful community initiatives supported by community service-learning partnerships. They highlight innovative approaches that transform relationships, structures, policies, and/or mainstream practices.
 
The awards were presented at the Community-University Expo 2013 on June 13 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The following CSL winners received a share of $30,000 in prizes: The University of New Brunswick’s Community Health Clinic (CHC), The Adler School of Professional Psychology (Vancouver), and the Concordia University Volunteer Abroad Program.
 
Click here to watch videos of the winning CSL projects.
 
Learn more about the Foundation’s Community Service-Learning initiative.

Innoweave Update 
Innoweave, an initiative of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Social Innovation Generation and partners, is helping community organizations learn about and implement innovative new approaches. “The Innoweave process has been thorough and the quality of the coaching and materials topnotch.” says Seana Irvine of Evergreen, a participant in the Impact and Strategic Clarity module.
 
Innoweave now has seven modules including Social Enterprise, Social Finance, Developmental Evaluation, Cloud Computing, Impact & Strategic Clarity, and the recently launched Collective Impact and Outcomes Finance modules. Each module includes web information, workshops, and coaching.
 
Since January, Innoweave has partnered with 10 different community organizations, United Ways, and foundations to hold workshops across the country. More workshops are planned for the fall and winter.
 
Organizations that have participated in Innoweave workshops are connecting with coaches listed on Innoweave.ca and applying for grants. Applications for Innoweave coaching grants close July 2. A second round will open by November 2013.
 
In coming months, Innoweave will hold several webinars to complement its workshops:
To learn more about these webinars and to register, click on the links above. To learn more about upcoming workshops click here.
 
You can receive regular Innoweave updates via Twitter, Facebook, or email.
 
Culture Days 1st Annual Congress
Culture Days — a non-profit organization that raises awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities, held its first annual National Congress on Culture on May 24th in Toronto.
 
Culture Days is a citizen-focused volunteer initiative that takes place each September in urban and rural centres across Canada. In just three years it has become a highly popular national celebration — in 2012, 1.6 million Canadians participated in 7000 culture days, events and performances in 850 communities. It is based on Journées de la culture, a three-day event produced annually by Culture pour tous in Quebec since 1997.
 
The Congress enabled Culture Days volunteers and advisors to participate in face to face learning about building on the organization’s early success. Learn more about Culture Days here.

 
 
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