Metcalf Foundation News
Fall 2021
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Like many of you, we are finding our way in this emerging and still fragile “new normal.”

We are starting back in the office, and rediscovering the pleasures of proximity and connection. And while things don’t look quite like they did before the pandemic, we have adapted to new forms of gathering and found ways to use the opportunities this more virtual world has afforded us.

Recently for example, we were able to welcome a remarkable international panel and bring hundreds together from across Canada and beyond for the virtual launch of Art and the World After This by Metcalf Fellow David Maggs.

As you all know, Canada’s nonprofit arts sector has been one of the hardest struck by the pandemic. And yet there is growing recognition in many quarters that a return to the status quo is neither feasible, nor desirable. It is in this context that we look forward to welcoming David Maggs as our inaugural Fellow on Arts and Society. In that role, David will join us for the next two years on a full-time basis to help nurture and support the desire of Canada’s arts sector to move with and shape ongoing patterns of transformative societal change.

Reimaged and better ways forward is a through line in several of the stories to follow as well — from experimenting with new approaches to grantmaking through the Toronto Workforce Funder Collaborative to The Narwhal demonstrating the strength and possibilities of non-profit journalism.

If we, at Metcalf, have learned anything in these last 19 months, it is the ongoing lesson of how critical it is that we work together to achieve the outcomes we desire. I want to take this moment to thank all of you in our community who have worked with such dedication and tenacity through a long and often dark period. Your work has been essential and we are deeply appreciative of your continued commitment, collaboration, and partnership.

President and CEO
Performing Arts

The Metcalf Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of David Maggs as our Fellow on Arts and Society, effective January 2022.

Inclusive Local Economies

The Toronto Workforce Funder Collaborative is the first of its kind in Canada and has been an exceptional opportunity for Metcalf to learn and work with aligned partners on systems change.


In September, The Narwhal officially launched its Ontario bureau with tremendous support from Ontarians and funding from the Metcalf Foundation, McConnell Foundation, and Echo Foundation.

Environment Highlights

Over the summer, the Government of Canada announced its largest investment in Indigenous-led conservation to date.

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November 18, 2021

The Metcalf Foundation works with Canadians to improve the health and vibrancy of our communities, our culture, and our environment.

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The Metcalf Foundation office is located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. Today, the meeting place of "Tkaronto" (Toronto) continues to be home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to work together on this land.