Insight on Participatory Grantmaking

Valerie Lemieux, CDF General Director, shares the process the Foundation took to shift our grantmaking practice from a traditional structure to a participatory one with our Righting Relations program, and the internal questions the board and staff had to consider along the way. This video is part of a series by Grantcraft.

Bridging Between Philanthropy and Community

Valerie Lemieux, CDF General Director, talks about how funders can work more effectively as participants and partners with community organizations. Filmed at the 2017 Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) conference in Montreal.

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Program Partner Video: Ecojustice

Devon Page, Executive Director of Ecojustice, on the impact funding from the Catherine Donnelly Foundation has had on their organization. The CDF has renewed a five-year grant in support of the “Recognizing our Right to a Healthy Environment” program.


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 Program Partner Video: A Way Home Canada

Melanie Redman, Executive Director of A Way Home Canada, on the impact of partnering with the Catherine Donnelly Foundation. A Way Home is a national coalition dedicated to supporting communities and governments to prevent, reduce, and end youth homelessness in Canada



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 Program Partner Video: Righting Relations

Adriana Salazar, Facilitator of the Righting Relations Central Hub, on the impact of partnering with the Catherine Donnelly Foundation. Righting Relations is a woman-led, pan-Canadian network of adult educators, the purpose of which is to strengthen the capacity of adult educators to bring about radical social change through political and economic literacy for a just society in Canada.




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 Welcome to Righting Relations: by Miigam’agan

Righting Relations National Steering Committee Member and mi’kmaq clan mother from Esgenoôpetitj / Burnt Church New Brunswick, miigam’agan speaks about the hopes and intentions of Righting Relations.



CDF Ten Year Report Video

CDF Celebrates Ten Years of Granting

Join the Catherine Donnelly Foundation as we celebrate ten years of granting to housing, adult education, and environmental enhancement initiatives across Canada. Our ten-year report profiles our history, successes, challenges, and way forward. The report and accompanying video reflect the story of our founders the Sisters of Service, statistics on where and who we have granted to, and the impacts we have made to date.


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CDF Wins AFP Award for Outstanding Foundation

The Catherine Donnelly Foundation is honoured to have been chosen as the 2013 recipient of the AFP Award for Outstanding Foundation. The Foundation is committed to serving those most in need by sharing our resources, by choosing to be part of the great work of transformation taking place in our time. The AFP video shows founding board directors Sr Mary Halder, Sr Anna McNally and Sr Marilyn MacDonald of the Sisters of Service share the story of Catherine Donnelly Foundation and what it means to win this Award.


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