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PFC's 2012 Symposium
 
Resources from Philanthropic Foundations Canada's (PFC) 2012 Symposium, Funder Collaboration: Making it Work, are now available, including a video of the Symposium's opening dialogue, a conversation on collaboration with past Foundation President Tim Brodhead and the Right Honourable Paul Martin. A summary of Symposium highlights can be downloaded here.
 


Save the Date
 
 
The Forum will provide an opportunity for development practitioners, policy makers, and citizens to share experiences about citizen-led, community-based development through case study presentations, workshops, and open discussion.
 

 
Meet the Foundation's New Team Member!
 
We are pleased to welcome our newest team member—Vani Jain,  Program Officer for SiG@McConnell.
 
Vani brings a wealth of community sector experience to the team, through previous roles as Senior Advisor with IMPAKT and as Director of Policy, Strategy and Community Relations for the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario.


 
Hello ,
 
In this issue of the Foundation's e-newsletter, we highlight resources from PFC's 2012 Symposium; share a new Foundation webinar; highlight Foundation grantees, ArtsSmarts and the Stop; and welcome our newest team member.
 
Spotlight on ArtsSmarts
ArtsSmarts—an initiative launched by the Foundation in 1998 that is now a stand-alone organization—held its sixth national Knowledge Exchange recently at the University of Calgary, on the theme of cultivating creative communities. One of the presenters at the meeting, John Eger, subsequently penned this piece in the Huffington Post: The Best Way to Grow the Economy? Creativity.
 
In other ArtsSmarts news, the program was one of six charities selected by Target Canada to receive a share of one million dollars through the Give with Target program.
 
Webinar: Building on Failure
In a new Foundation webinar, Building on Failure: Learning When Things Go Wrong, Ashley Good of Admitting Failure provides an overview of how to “fail forward”—an approach that is grounded in years of generating failure reports with Engineers Without Borders Canada—and Dr. Natasha Blanchet-Cohen highlights some failures (and lessons learned) related to her work with the Foundation's pan-Canadian youth engagement initiative, YouthScape.
 
 
The Stop Featured in
Canadian Business
Foundation grantee, The Stop Community Food Centre (the Stop) was recently featured in the Canadian Business article The Stop: The capitalist's guide to feeding the poordescribing the Stop's journey from a traditional food bank model to an innovative community food centre.
 
The article highlights the Stop's ever-growing array of programs and initiatives to engage and serve its clientele, including "community gardens that provide a therapeutic space where members are taught how to grow their own vegetables; programs that teach young mothers about proper nutrition; workshops where local residents learn about food security and receive public-speaking training; and after-school classes where tweens whip up healthy meals".
 
The article also shares the Stop's innovative approach to diversifying funding and revenue, highlighting some of the social enterprises launched by the Stop, including a successful catering business and farmer's market, among others.
 
Building on the success of the Stop's model, and with demand for similar models in other communities, Community Food Centres Canada was recently launched to share the community food centre model across the country.
 
Visit www.thestop.org to learn more.
 
 
Visit the Foundation's 75th Anniversary Timeline to learn more about our founder, our history, and where we are headed.

 
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