Environment Funders holds learning webinars and members’ briefings throughout the year. Through our Shared Learning Series, a partnership between Environment Funders and the Sustainability Network, a number of our webinars are open to all interested participants. Other webinars are for members only. For more info and to register, contact Pegi@EnvironmentFunders.ca .

Foundation Investing

Environment Funders is collaborating with the Community Foundations of Canada and Philanthropic Foundations of Canada and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada to offer a joint program, Foundation Investing 2.0. This learning program is designed to help Canadian foundations implement more and better impact and responsible investing strategies, across their endowment portfolios. This work will include an update of the Impact Investing Guidebook for Foundations, which was originally launched in 2017. Here is the suite of  webinars that are being offered to funders for this year:

From Intent to Action: Setting the Foundations for Impact and Responsible Investing

November 14, 2019 Vancouver, BC | November 19, 2019 Toronto, ON

Are you interested in getting started or further developing your Foundation’s approach to responsible and impact investing? This in-person workshop is part of Foundation Investing 2.0, a collaborative effort by Canada’s philanthropic communities to expand and deepen impact and responsible investing. The workshop will look at the importance of investment beliefs in strengthening fund governance and improving investment committee decision making. We will also explore best practices in asset manager selection, monitoring and oversight.

Register here for the Vancouver event

Register here for the Toronto event 

Foundation Investing 2.0 is being implemented by Rally Philanthropy and the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE).


Upcoming events

A Just Transition: Making Climate Action Inclusive – Oct. 7, 2019

The transition to a low carbon economy will impact communities and workers that are already being affected by job losses, stagnant wages and precarious work. The Just Transition framework looks to place the voices of affected workers and other impacted communities at the centre of conversations on the transition to a low carbon economy. This webinar will look at the role that investors can play to ensure that the social dimensions of the low carbon transition are considered in efforts to tackle climate change.

Register now: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/283951475241683969

Environment Funders’ Gathering in Alberta | Wednesday October 16, 12 PM – 2 PM

Please join us for a gathering of Alberta-based funders on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from noon to 2:00 p.m. Connecting over lunch, the gathering will be an informal opportunity for shared learning and discussion with fellow funders. The agenda and more details to be forwarded in September but please let Pegi know if you will be able to attend.


Past webinars (recordings may be available to members)

Advancing Reconciliation and Growing the Indigenous Economy: A Role for Investors- June 25 at 1 pm Eastern

Participants will hear about how foundations are addressing reconciliation in their investment policies and practices including identifying opportunities to invest in Indigenous enterprises and communities and to support the revitalization and growth of the Indigenous economy.