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Supporting the community sector through COVID-19

McConnell News
2020  | No. 3

As the current health crisis continues to evolve, we want to share some of the steps we have taken to support the social sector and ensure the health and safety of our grantees, partners and employees. In a recent letter to grantees, investees and partners, the Foundation’s President and CEO Stephen Huddart announced that we will be increasing our grant budget for the year ahead, providing more flexibility on how our granting dollars are used, and advancing scheduled payments where necessary to ensure continuity of operations and security of employment. 

Having reorganized to work remotely, we’re moving ahead with new ways to support grantees, partners and civil society. A few early examples include  mentoring support for community organization leaders through Innoweave’s new Crisis Leadership coaching stream and a curated set of resources for nonprofit emergency response and leadership. Read on below for more information. 

Finally, we invite you to participate in peer learning about responding to the crisis on our COVID-19 Slack workspace.

Read Stephen’s letter

Leading through crisis: New Innoweave coaching stream

Innoweave is rapidly deploying a coaching stream that will connect community organization leaders with executives who have experience in disasters and other relevant fields for online mentoring. Leading Through Crisis will be managed by Kimberley Nemrava, an emergency response expert. Kimberley worked with the Canadian Red Cross for more than three decades, where she supported communities through large-scale emergencies like the Asian tsunami and forest fires in BC and Alberta. 
Watch this webinar to learn more about the new coaching stream.
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Spotlight on new grants

At its recent meeting, the McConnell Foundation Trustees prioritized response to the COVID-19 emergency. This included short term funding for front line organizations; social innovations designed to support civil society organizations and small businesses; and an extension to a societal transition initiative in development.
View the grants

Join the call to support for our sector

Across Canada, charities, nonprofits and social enterprises are working hard to help their communities face the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Nonetheless, civil society is facing significant disruption in donations, funding and granting. Imagine Canada is advocating for $8 billion in support from the federal government, and is providing resources for the sector as the situation evolves.
Learn more and contact your MP

Innoweave COVID-19 Crisis Leadership Resources

Innoweave and the McConnell Foundation have compiled the best practices and most useful publicly available resources for nonprofit emergency response and leadership. With the help of our partners, we are curating a shortlist of repositories, resources and tools in order to help you find the information you need quickly.

Learn more

Five Strategies to Reduce Poverty in Canada

Webinar: April 16, 2020, 1pm EST

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada is facing a significant economic downturn that is putting our most vulnerable populations at risk. To reduce poverty in our communities, we need new strategies, allies and political will. In this webinar, the Foundation’s James Hughes, will discuss how we are now at a critical point in time in poverty reduction efforts. He will share two defensive and three offensive strategies which, when employed in tandem, give us a real chance to reduce or even eradicate poverty.

Learn more and register

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