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Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada partner to invest in reflective practice and learning for social change

 

 

 

CKX to curate expanded program to enable reflective practice and learning to enhance the leadership of those driving social change in Canada.

April 27, 2017

The Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) are pleased to announce a partnership that will see both organizations invest in the Community Knowledge Exchange (CKX) platform to develop and expand a national program to support and enable reflective practice and learning for leaders who are driving social change.

Today, as a result of technological change, globalization and many threats to sustainability, civil society faces many complex challenges and opportunities. And while much of the focus of social change work is action-oriented and results-driven, this collaboration asserts the value and importance of creating and holding space for reflection, learning and knowledge exchange to inform and enlighten that change and those who are driving it.

This unique partnership will build on the Carold Institute’s 30-year history and commitment to learning, leadership development and strengthening civil society and its roots in the Canadian adult education movement. It will leverage CFC’s national and international community networks, organizational capacity and experience scaling innovation to enable CKX to deliver on its manifesto to spark fundamental shifts in how we build and share knowledge in the pursuit of social change.

Through this partnership we aspire to:

  • Improve how we build and share knowledge for social change
  • Build and amplify the values, voices and work of the people driving social change
  • Mobilize knowledge, connect networks and build new relationships to spark action for social change

“The Alan Thomas Fellowship has been at the heart of our work over the past decade,” says Tatiana Fraser, President of the Carold Institute. “We have seen first hand, the powerful impact of investing in leaders through sabbatical resources, support and learning networks. We are very pleased to be joining forces with CFC to expand these important opportunities and to build new ways for our sector to deepen our learning for change.”

Over the next several months, CKX will design and create opportunities that build on the legacy and experience of the Carold Institute to turn this shared aspiration into reality which includes a commitment to continue to offer fellowships for practitioners.

“We are excited for this opportunity to leverage CKX to drive this work,” says Community Foundations of Canada President Ian Bird. “As a shared asset and platform, it’s uniquely positioned to bring the right people, ideas and resources together to deliver on this vision.”

In the spirit of CKX, this journey will be open and collaborative. “Consider this your official invitation to engage and be a part of building something, together,” says CKX Lead Lee Rose. “Let’s take this opportunity to fundamentally shift how we enhance and support the leadership of those who are driving change in Canada.”

For more information, please contact:

Lee Rose             CKX Lead    mailto:lrose@ckx.org

Tatiana Fraser   President, Carold Institute  mailto:tatiana.fraser@gmail.com

 

About the Carold Institute

The Carold Institute is a national charitable organization whose mandate it is to advance citizenships and social change that was created more than 28 years ago with an endowment from Ms. Clare Clark, a long time participant in and advocate for voluntary organizations in Canada. To learn more visit www.carold.ca.

About Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. We are a philanthropic movement working across sectors to help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient communities. To learn more visit www.communityfoundations.ca.

About CKX

CKX is a shared platform that seeks to spark fundamental shifts in how we build and share knowledge in the pursuit of social change. Learn more about CKX at www.ckx.org.

Vancouver Foundation’s Niveria Oliveira named 2017 Community Philanthropy Fellow

In 2015 we announced the launch of the Community Philanthropy Fellowship Program, a joint initiative of the Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada. The program offers community foundation professionals a sabbatical time where the Fellow can build knowledge, enhance leadership skills, strengthen their organization, and advance the community philanthropy movement.

Today we are delighted to announce that Niveria Oliveira, Manager, Grants & Community Initiatives with Vancouver Foundation has been awarded the 2017 Community Philanthropy Fellowship.

Niveria Oliveira supports grantmaking at Vancouver Foundation where she has worked for the last nine years. In addition to granting, Niveria has worked with her peers in Donor Services to establish Giving Well, a donor’ circle that supports projects related to young girls and women issues and connects nonprofit leaders with women in philanthropy.

Besides participating in every Run for Fun, Terry Fox Run and Heart and Stroke door to door canvassing opportunity in her elementary school years, Niveria began working in the nonprofit sector with Surrey Social Futures, a community development and social planning agency, where she knocked on doors to generate interest in the newly formed Whalley Community Business Improvement Association. She has also worked for a number of other organizations including West Coast LEAF, a legal education and law reform organization, managing their public legal education programs for across British Columbia. Niveria is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and completed her Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo with a focus on newcomers’ inclusion.

As the 2017 Community Philanthropy Fellow, Niveria will engage in a range of personal professional development activities throughout the year that align with the program’s goals to:

  • Advance the field and practice of community and place-based philanthropy in Canada;
  • Strengthen and enhance the community foundation movement; and
  • Foster and encourage the professional development of community foundation leaders in their organizations, communities and the community foundation movement.

A core component of the Community Philanthropy Fellowship is the sabbatical project that allows the Fellow to step away from their day-to-day responsibilities to undertake a deeper exploration of an issue or challenge. For her sabbatical project, Niveria will be exploring how foundations can engage a broad diversity of voices in their work towards meaningful community and place-based impact while also disrupting the inequities that traditional philanthropy may uphold.  Specifically, she’ll be working on understanding how the community foundation movement might be able to improve how it works with beneficiaries and benefactors to co-design and co-learn about creating and sustaining meaningful impact in communities.

The Carold Institute announces the recipient of the 2016 $60,000 Alan Thomas Fellowship

The Carold Institute is pleased to announce that Alexa Conradi is the recipient of the 2016 Alan Thomas Fellowship.

The annual $60,000 award enables leaders in the not-for-profit sector to spend a sabbatical year researching issues that advance citizen participation and strengthen civil society. First awarded in 2008, there are now a dozen recipients of the Alan Thomas Fellowship. Past fellowship holders continue to be connected to The Carold Institute and with each other, deepening the impact of their work and mentoring others in their respective fields.

image-1Alexa Conradi served three terms as president of the Fédération des femmes du Québec (2009-2015). The FFQ, founded in 1966, is the main feminist umbrella organization in Québec. During these six years, she played a leading role in some of the major social debates in Québec society, such as the disappearance and murder of aboriginal women, unreported cases of sexual abuse, the impact of austerity on women and the now-defunct Charter of Values.

With the support of the Alan Thomas Fellowship, Alexa is writing a book on her experience, to be published by Les Éditions du remue-ménage. She will address issues such as the increase in income inequality, sexism and rape culture, Islam and islamophobia and reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

Further background on Alexa Conradi

Aware of the criticisms made of feminism by women of color, immigrant, indigenous, lesbians and trans people, Alexa guided a three-year process of renewal of feminist analysis and activism within the FFQ. This process used an innovative, participatory democracy approach designed to allow women historically kept at the margins of the movement to have significant influence over the process and the results. The outcomes, adopted by a thousand women at a final forum will inspire the feminist movement in Québec and elsewhere for years to come (http://www.etatsgenerauxdufeminisme.ca/images/documents/PropositionsEGfinal.pdf).

Alexa is currently living in Germany where she continues to develop new perspectives on her experience. She also acts as an expert on gender issues and democracy with a Canadian NGO working in the Maghreb (Northwest Africa).

For more information on this award and on the work of The Carold Institute:

visit www.carold.ca or contact Tatiana Fraser, President of The Carold Institute (tel: 514 948-5596; email tatiana.fraser@gmail.com).Interviews with Alexa Conradi may also be arranged by contacting The Carold Institute Secretariat: tel: 613-376-3391; email: jhuntly@kos.net

Inaugural Community Philanthropy Fellow named

Last May at the CFC 2015 Conference in Calgary, we announced the launch of the Community Philanthropy Fellowship Program, a joint initiative of the Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada. The program offers community foundation professionals a sabbatical time where the Fellow can build knowledge, enhance leadership skills, strengthen their organization, and advance the community philanthropy movement.

Today we are delighted to announce that Alex Draper, Donor Grants Associate with the Edmonton Community Foundation, has been selected as the inaugural Community Philanthropy Fellow.

ImageAlex joined the foundation in 2011 to work primarily on student awards and youth leadership programming. In 2013 he transitioned to his current role as Donor Grants Associate, acting as a link between donor advised fund-holders, granting programs, and the wider community.

In addition to his work with the Edmonton Community Foundation, Alex volunteers his expertise to committees and organizations working to make Edmonton and Canada a better place – including the Edmonton Arts Council, Family and Community Support Services, Edmonton NextGen, the Government of Canada’s Urban Aboriginal Strategies, and the 4Rs Youth Movement. He is currently establishing and operating scholarship programs for the Africa Centre and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.

As the Community Philanthropy Fellow, Alex will engage in a range of personal professional development activities throughout 2016 that align with the program’s goals to:

  • Advance the field and practice of community and place-based philanthropy in Canada;
  • Strengthen and enhance the community foundation movement; and
  • Foster and encourage the professional development of community foundation leaders in their organizations, communities and the community foundation movement.

A core component of the Community Philanthropy Fellowship is the sabbatical project that allows the Fellow to step away from their day-to-day responsibilities to undertake a deeper exploration of an issue or challenge. For his sabbatical project Alex will be exploring how funders can share and leverage data on funding decisions and community investments in Edmonton, with the aim of creating a model or platform that could potentially be implemented in communities across Canada.

We’ll be sharing more updates on Alex’s activities and sabbatical project throughout the year. For now we invite you to help us congratulate Alex and welcome him as our movement’s inaugural Community Philanthropy Fellow.

Interested in learning more about the Community Philanthropy Fellowship and how you can apply to be the 2017 Fellow? Learn more at www.communityfoundations.ca

Applications now invited for the 2016 Alan Thomas Fellowship

Applications are now invited for the 2016 Alan Thomas Fellowship, established in 2008 to provide a sabbatical to a leader in the not-for-profit sector.

Note that there is a new process for applications this year.

Summary applications must be received electronically, no later than Monday, February 8, 2016 at 4:30 (your local time). The Fellowship Committee will then invite a selected number of candidates to submit a full application, due no later than Monday, May 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM (your local time). Please contact the Carold Institute and consult the Terms and Conditions for assistance in preparing an application.

Kim Pate is the 2015 visiting Fellow at St. Paul’s University College, University of Waterloo

Kim Pate, C.M, the 2015 Carold Institute Visiting Fellow at St. Paul’s University College, University of Waterloo, will present a public lecture on the treatment of women by the Canadian legal and penal systems.

Kim is mother to Michael and Madison. She is a lawyer and teacher by training and has completed post graduate work in the area of forensic mental health. Kim is the Executive Dkimpatelowresirector of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS), the Ariel Sallows Chair in Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law and a part-­‐time professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. CAEFS is a federation of autonomous societies which work with, and on behalf of, marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized women and girls throughout Canada. Kim has also worked with youth and men during her 30+ years of working in and around the legal and penal systems.
About the Carold Institute Visiting Fellow program:

The Carold Institute Visiting Fellow brings to campus and the broader Kitchener-Waterloo community individuals who are making a major contribution to positive social change through innovation in the volunteer/not-for-profit sector in Canada. The annual Fellowship is sponsored by the Carold Institute and St. Paul’s University College.

When: November 11, 2015 | 7:00 – 8:30pm
Where: Alumni Hall (Room 201), St. Paul’s University College | 190 Westmount Rd. N, Waterloo
Contact:
Stacey Hammond

Take part in INSTITUT DU NOUVEAU MONDE’s L’École d’été!

Thanks to the Carold Institute’s Gordon Selman Fellowship, register for free to take part in L’École d’été and to follow the CPAC101: Sujet spécial en citoyenneté et engagement social course (provided in French), for which you will receive a McGill University credit.

*Please note that Aboriginal youth from First Nations communities will be given priority for this fellowshipicone-inm_a10 scholarships to be granted!
Contact: Claudia Beaudoin, INM Mobilisation Officer @ claudia.beaudoin@inm.qc.ca 514 934-5999, ext. 27

The Carold Institute announces a recipient of the 2015 $60,000 Alan Thomas Fellowship

The Carold Institute is pleased to announce that Frances Waithe, is a recipient of a 2015 Alan Thomas Fellowship.

The annual $60,000 award enables leaders in the not-for-profit sector to spend a sabbatical year researching issues that advance citizen participation and strengthen civil society. First awarded in 2008, there are now 10 recipients of an Alan Thomas Fellowship. Past fellowship holders continue to be connected to the Carold Institute and with each other, deepening the impact of their work and mentoring others in their respective fields.

Image 1Frances Waithe has spent the past 25 years working to improve the lives of the people in her neighbourhood of Little Burgundy, in Montréal. Frances is the co-founder and executive director of the DESTA Black Youth Network, a community-based organization serving marginalized youth, aged 18-25.

 

Background on the 2015 Fellowship Recipient

Frances is the kind of community-builder that is both a priceless asset and almost irreplaceable. She radiates enthusiasm, passion, optimism and love, and she works in a difficult environment with ridiculously limited resources.” —Tim Brodhead

Frances Waithe’s work in her neighbourhood in Montréal focuses on empowering marginalized youth. Little Burgundy is an historically Black community that is now home to many recent immigrants. Black Anglophone youth are a minority within a minority, often isolated and excluded. DESTA (Dare Every Soul to Achieve) utilizes a strengths-based empowerment approach to provide a comprehensive range of services in the areas of education, health, personal development and employability including:

  • A distance education program for youth who have not been successful in conventional school settings;
  • Individual counselling and employment support ;
  • Social events and civic engagement projects such as Speak Up!, which is designed to raise awareness of the issues facing Black youth in Montréal.

Under her leadership, Frances has watched DESTA grow. Meanwhile, there are many more Black youth who remain in challenging circumstances and in need of the kind of services that the organization offers. Frances will use her Fellowship year to reflect on her experience and to distil from it the future direction for the organization’s programing and for herself as an agent of change in her community.

The Carold Institute Announces A New Fellowship Program in Partnership with Community Foundations of Canada

The Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada are coming together to launch the Community Philanthropy Fellowship program to catalyze action, thought-leadership and innovation in the field of community philanthropy in Canada. The people leading community foundations play a key role in the vibrancy of voluntary action and citizen engagement.

The Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada have agreed to launch the Community Philanthropy Fellowship, modelled on Carold’s very successful Alan Thomas Fellowship. The new program will increase the number and range of sabbatical opportunities for leaders in the voluntary sector. The specific goals of the Community Philanthropy Fellowship program are to:

  • Advance the field and practice of community and place-based philanthropy in Canada
  • Strengthen and enhance the community foundation movement
  • Foster and encourage the professional development of community foundation leaders in their organizations, communities and the community foundation movement.

Fellowships will enable community foundation leaders to build their skills and knowledge and to apply their experience to enhance their leadership, the impact and strength of their community foundation, and ideally the community foundation movement as a whole.

The fellowship would encourage applications from leaders across the community foundation movement. This includes any staff in a leadership role in community foundations who demonstrate qualities of leadership in their organization, their community and/or the community foundation movement.

Some potential themes or areas of focus that we’ve identified include:

  • Aboriginal reconciliation
  • Urbanization and urban renewal
  • Food security and food systems
  • Youth and intergenerational issues
  • Natural spaces
  • Social enterprise and impact investing

The first call for applications will be made in July 2015 through Community Foundations Canada. It is expected that the first fellow will be appointed in early 2016.