Stories we loved in 2015Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 | Melody MacLean
This time of year brings out the storyteller in all of us – and community foundations are the perfect place to find stories that embody the spirit of what the holiday season is all about. Here’s some of our favourite from 2015.
- We launched the 150Alliance with the Governor General of Canada in attendance and hosted 150Alliance roadshows throughout the year with community foundations in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Halifax.
- Canadian universities offer 1,900 scholarships for students through the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program with community foundations in London, Durham, Vancouver and Victoria taking part.
- Hundreds of young leaders from across Canada gathered in Banff for Elevate 150, an engaging event for youth to spark social change in their communities hosted by the Banff Canmore Community Foundation.
- More than 600 Canadian and international community leaders got together in Calgary for our national conference to reconnect, learn from one another and be inspired by Colonel Chris Hadfield, Zita Cobb and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, among others.
- Vancouver Foundation became the first Canadian community foundation to join the Open Licensing movement, adopting an open licensing policy for projects funded through its community granting programs.
- We participated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s closing events, including the presentation of a Declaration of Action prepared by Canada’s philanthropic community and signed by more than 35 organizations.
- Homegrown hockey superstar Jonathan Toews teamed up with The Winnipeg Foundation on a campaign to support healthy food and nutrition education for local kids.
- The Community Foundation of Ottawa launched its second city-wide New Leaf Community Challenge to improve food security and local access to nutritious, affordable food.
- 28 community foundations across the country participated in this year’s Vital Signs program and we released our national report on belonging and connection to community.
- Together with our partners, we launched the Youth Catalyst Fund in response to #GenerationFlux, making more than $1.2 million in high-impact grants to boost educational and career opportunities for young Canadians.
- Community foundations help incubate the Rideau Hall Foundation with Ian Bird at the organization’s helm as part of our shared interest in building smarter, more caring communities.
- 23 communities pay it forward by participating in Random Acts of Kindness Day and spreading kindness across the country.
- More than 70 community foundations contributed to a Fertile Ground follow up report to better understand how community foundations support and inspire leadership around food activity in their community.
- We established the Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees to support Syrian refugee settlement efforts underway across Canada, with a specific focus on housing, job training and skills development.