Environment Funders Canada has established a number of Funder Groups to foster collaboration around specific issues. These groups are open to all Environment Funder members and activities are planned by the groups themselves and may include conference calls, webinars, aligned funding initiatives and other activities. Environment Funders is also pleased to highlight collaborative efforts advancing sustainability that are underway outside of the network. Information on some of these initiatives is included below. We welcome opportunities to share information in our newsletter about all funder collaborations working to advance a sustainable future for Canada.
This group is dedicated to spurring strategic collaboration to advance a low carbon future for Canada. Co-chairs are currently Valerie Lemieux of the Catherine Donnelly Foundation and Beth Hunter of the McConnell Foundation. Activities range from shared learning to aligned funding to support the implementation of the Pan Canadian Framework and to improve climate communications. Burkhard Mausberg serves as Environment Funders’ Program Consultant for this work.
The collaborative is comprised of members whose grantmaking programs and interests encompass the conservation and sound stewardship of coastal and marine ecosystems. The Oceans Collaborative provides a shared grantmaking platform with some additional new funding, and will also provide opportunities for members to coordinate their grantmaking where this can help make the most of existing capacity. Darcy Dobell serves as Environment Funders’ Program Consultant for this work. Overview of the Collaborative’s work.
Sustainable Communities Funders Group
This group is dedicated to strengthening the role of philanthropy in support of urban sustainability. Community Foundations of Canada is working with Environment Funders to deliver a webinar series focused on highlighting areas where philanthropic support is helping to advance a sustainable future for Canadian communities.
BC Water Funders Collaborative
The BC Water Funders Collaborative is an informal body supporting strategic collaboration among organizations and foundations that fund freshwater and watershed protection efforts in British Columbia. More information.
BC communities are facing challenges, such as extreme weather, fluctuations in oil prices, competition from foreign producers and development pressure on agriculture land. These challenges have an impact on food security, affecting our ability to grow, sell and consume food in British Columbia. Food systems are also complex, containing many overlapping relationships and policy frameworks. There are a growing number of initiatives, led by organizations, businesses and individuals that are working to address these challenges. To create lasting change, food leaders will need to work in a coordinated fashion. Sustain BC is a provincial initiative that brings leaders together, aligns priorities and coordinates action towards an ambitious goal: healthy, local food sustains all in BC by 2030. More information.