For Our Kids: parenting for the 21st Century

What would you do for your kids and grandkids? Anything, right? You already work to provide conditions to help them prosper. So, would you also work to give them a livable planet?

That’s the question the new non-profit For Our Kids is putting to parents and grandparents. In mid-August, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation partner launched a Canada-wide initiative to help parents and grandparents connect with like-minded neighbours and organizations to mobilize against the climate emergency.

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“The greatest threat to the future for our kids and grandkids is the climate crisis. Around the world, young people are taking to the streets to call attention to the fact that the planet we all call home is in real trouble,” writes coordinator Matt Price. “We adults can’t let them deal with this alone. We are all needed to tackle the climate emergency. For Our Kids is here to help Canadian parents and grandparents get active.”

Price is asking individuals to “opt in” and take part in a simple three-step process: find some friends; take something on; and share the story on the For Our Kids network.

Joining with friends provides ideas, support and the kind of coordinated action necessary to bring about climate change. If there’s an existing local group to join, For Our Kids will let you know about them.

And when parents and grandparents create a group, the organization has suggestions for actions, such as hosting a house party to recruit others or talking with kids about climate, as well as clear how-to guides to walk you through the process. “Your team or group doesn’t need to take it all on,” notes their website. “But it does need to take something on.” Smaller actions then begin to add up.

Price’s two decades of experience working with environmental organizations has taught him that sharing positive experiences is crucial to engaging others. “You amplify your impact when you tell the story of your work so others can be inspired to act too,” writes Price. “This is a core part of the work of the For Our Kids network, to help capture and lift up those stories so that we build a movement together.”

For Our Kids also has regular video/voice calls where individuals meet, share insights and see how they can support one another.

Get involved with the For Our Kids network at www.forourkids.ca, follow them on Facebook, on Instagram @For_Our_Kids_Climate or text/call 250-466-9709.

Catherine Donnelly Foundation Welcomes New Communications & Policy Officer

For Immediate Release – June 25, 2019

Catherine Donnelly Foundation Welcomes New Communications & Policy Officer

TORONTO – The Catherine Donnelly Foundation, a charitable grant-making foundation located in Toronto, is pleased to be welcoming Steve Brearton in his new role as Communication & Policy Officer.

Steve will work to communicate the foundation’s transformative commitment to social and ecological justice and collaborate with partners, grantees and other organizations to amplify their voices and share their progressive practices in the public and philanthropic space.

He began his career at Maclean’s magazine and has spent the subsequent years writing, researching and packaging information for Canada’s leading magazines and newspapers. During that time, he prioritized work with organizations involved in environmental education, food security, community health and sustainable transportation.

“Exploring and sharing important issues relating to poverty, equity and justice is what first motivated me to become a writer,” notes Steve. “Working with the Catherine Donnelly Foundation and other organizations committed to those goals feels like a return home.”

Connect with Steve at: sbrearton@catherinedonnellyfoundation.org

Catherine Donnelly Foundation Welcomes New Communications & Policy Officer

For Immediate Release – June 26, 2019

Catherine Donnelly Foundation Welcomes New Communications & Policy Officer

TORONTO – The Catherine Donnelly Foundation, a charitable grant-making foundation located in Toronto, is pleased to be welcoming Steve Brearton in his new role as Communication & Policy Officer.

Steve will work to communicate the foundation’s transformative commitment to social and ecological justice and collaborate with partners, grantees and other organizations to amplify their voices and share their progressive practices in the public and philanthropic space.

He began his career at Maclean’s magazine and has spent the subsequent years writing, researching and packaging information for Canada’s leading magazines and newspapers. During that time, he prioritized work with organizations involved in environmental education, food security, community health and sustainable transportation.

“Exploring and sharing important issues relating to poverty, equity and justice is what first motivated me to become a writer,” notes Steve. “Working with the Catherine Donnelly Foundation and other organizations committed to those goals feels like a return home.”

Connect with Steve at: sbrearton@catherinedonnellyfoundation.org

 

CDF pleased to be a signatory to Philanthropic Declaration of Action

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The Catherine Donnelly Foundation was pleased to finally put “pen to paper” earlier this month. The Declaration is a call to action inviting others to join in moving forward in an atmosphere of understanding, dignity and respect towards the shared goal of reconciliation. The Foundation was pleased to sign electronically in the spring of 2015 and to reaffirm our commitment at a PFC meeting highlighting the history of the Declaration and what further actions the philanthropic community could engage in to further reconciliation in Canada.

Ground-breaking Social Finance Pilot Assists Unemployed Canadians

Original Source Colleges and Institutes Canada

For immediate release November 22, 2016 

Canada has achieved an important milestone in its commitment to social financing for public good. The Government of Canada, private investors, and colleges and institutes are pushing the boundaries of social innovation and impact investing by implementing the first social finance project of its kind in Canada.   As the key project intermediary, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is leveraging the principles of social finance through social impact bonds (SIB) to raise upfront capital from private investors who are looking to support societal good while receiving a financial return.   With capital raised from three investors – Conexus Credit Union, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation, and Dave and Pamela Richardson and Family, the Essential Skills Social Finance (ESSF) project is now moving forward with the delivery of essential-skills training to improve the skills levels of unemployed adult Canadians.   Essential skills are needed for work and learning and help people evolve with their jobs and adapt to changes in the workplace. Improvements in literacy, numeracy and computer use for Canadians with low essential skills can create better employment outcomes, accelerate inclusive growth, and diminish social and economic disparities.   If participants in the ESSF project achieve a demonstrated skills gain, the initial investments will be reimbursed, and investors may receive up to an additional 15% as a return on investment.   Through this pilot project, the Government of Canada is testing whether a pay-for-performance model utilizing social impact bonds is an effective way to increase the essential-skills levels of unemployed or displaced Canadians currently seeking work, or additional education or training.

To support the middle class and those working hard to join it, Canada needs innovative approaches to job training. Colleges and Institutes Canada is exploring a unique social investment tool that raises private capital to help Canadians improve their literacy and essential skills – which are critical to finding and keeping good jobs.”
The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“The Catherine Donnelly Foundation is proud to be a formative part of this innovative venture, which is expanding the frontier of Social Finance in Canada. The Foundation believes a just, sustainable and equitable future is possible if Canadians deliberately wield the power of our capital as a force for good.” Jason Dudek, Board Chair, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation

“The ESSF project is a great opportunity, not only to expand the delivery of essential-skills programs, but to test a new and promising funding model. Thanks to the support of investors and the Government of Canada, we are confident that this pilot project will provide valuable insights into the potential of social innovation to address chronic social challenges.”
Denise Amyot, President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada:

Backgrounder   The ESSF project is a collaborative partnership between the Government of Canada, led by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) as the project intermediary, Douglas College in British Columbia, Confederation College in Ontario, Collège Lionel-Groulx in Quebec and Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Saskatchewan as the college service delivery providers, and the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) which will act as an independent assessor. CICan has also retained KPMG Corporate Finance Inc. as the financial advisor on the project.   Colleges and institutes have been leaders in developing and delivering essential skills training in Canada for many years, and, during the next year, the four-experienced college service delivery providers will administer essential skills training using the Foundations Workplace Essential Skills Program. Developed by Douglas College, the program offers a blended-learning model comprised of group and individualized instruction designed to increase essential skills and engage participants. SRDC, as the independent assessor will assess and confirm whether participants achieve a demonstrated skills gain to trigger capital reimbursement to investors.

About Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)   Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges and institutes. Its members work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. CICan and its members are committed to driving Canadian prosperity by being global leaders in applied education and partnered innovation.

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For more information:   Julien Abord-Babin Senior Strategic Communications Officer Colleges and Institutes Canada jabord-babin@collegesinstitutes.ca Tel. : 613-746-2222 ext. 3131 Twitter : @CollegeCan