Repost of the McConnell Foundation October Report:

 

Reviving Reciprocity: All My Relations Gathering 

The Circle of Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada is holding its 3rd annual gathering October 21-23 in Toronto. This gathering will allow those engaging in the Aboriginal philanthropic sector in Canada to connect with one another and gain access to new research, innovation and learning. Click here for details.

As a contribution to this work, the Foundation is pleased to present Leading Together: Indigenous Youth in Community Partnerships, produced in collaboration with Journalists for Human Rights and Tyee Solutions Society. This publication and accompanying videos will profile Indigenous and non-Indigenous partnerships across Canada focused on young people. Most have been prepared by experienced and emerging Indigenous journalists. Leading Together will be released at the All My Relations Gathering and will be available on our website in November 2013.

Announcing The Kathleen Laing Memorial Scholarships

 

We are pleased to announce the creation of The Kathleen Laing Memorial Scholarships to support students leaving the foster care system and entering post-secondary education. Annually, five students from across Canada will be awarded scholarships of $5,000 per year, renewable for up to four years.

The scholarship is named in honour of Mrs. Kathleen Laing, daughter of Mr. J.W. McConnell, who passed away last year, to reflect her lifelong concern for the less fortunate.

Mrs. Laing was personally involved with the Foundation for over thirty years, serving as its President in the 1960’s, and later as a Trustee.

The Kathleen Laing Memorial Scholarships have been established in partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation, who will manage the program on the Foundation’s behalf. Interested students can apply online through the Children’s Aid Foundation in February 2014.

Ontario Government Supports Social Enterprise

The Ontario Government recently released Impact: A Social Enterprise Strategy for Ontario, a report that outlines Ontario’s thriving social enterprise sector and the government’s plans to support a new generation of social innovators.

A number of our grantees and partners were highlighted for their contribution to the social enterprise movement, including JUMP Math, Social Venture Connection (SVX) and The Centre for Social Innovation.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment stated “Our plan starts by making the growth of social enterprises easier by removing some of the barriers they face and making available social finance tools that connect them with investors who are interested in achieving a social return on investment, as well as a financial one”. Click here to read the report.

Food Business Boot Camp for entrepreneurs promoting healthy, local and sustainable food 

The Foundation is partnering with Food Secure Canada to offer Food Business Boot Camp, a program combining online and in-person training as well as one-on-one coaching and mentoring from food business experts. It is open to non-profits, charities, cooperatives and small businesses.

This program, which includes a series of eight webinars and a two-day workshop in Montreal on November 26-27, will cover topics including the business landscape, data-based modelling, business structure, financing, operations and growth. The workshop will provide opportunities to learn from experienced enterprises and exchange with other start-up enterprises from across Canada. Participants will also be eligible to apply to the Foundation for coaching grants. For more information, see Food Secure Canada’s website.

Community Foundations of Canada Releases Vital Signs Report

Community Foundations of Canada has released Vital Signs, an annual national report focused on issues in our communities and our country.

This year’s edition, Fertile Ground: Sowing the seeds of change in Canada’s food system, explores our relationship with food and asks how communities can mobilize locally to build a better food system for the future. “Community foundations across Canada support a myriad of programs and services related to food,” says CFC’s Ian Bird. “We wanted to use Vital Signs to step back, look at the bigger picture and share that view with communities and Canadians.”

Click here to read the report.

Visit the Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Timeline to learn more about our founder, our history, and our work today.

For all the latest news and information about the Foundation, please visit

www.mcconnellfoundation.ca

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