DanceIntense Toronto was begun by Sampradaya Dance Creations with support from Metcalf’s Performing Arts Program.

Photo: Mansa Photography


Welcome to the second of our periodic newsletters on some recent and upcoming activities here at the Foundation and among our partners and grantees.  We continue to refashion our granting programs and will be introducing our new arts program in September.  We have also been reflecting on, and gathering and convening around, ideas that can contribute to the quality of our community and have noted a number of those initiatives here.  I hope you all are finding the time to rest and renew yourselves this summer.  If you have any thoughts or responses on what you read here, we would welcome your feedback.

Sandy Houston, President and CEO


We’ve Moved!

As of June 11, 2012, the Metcalf Foundation is in a new home at 38 Madison Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5R 2S1.  Please update your mailing lists, and note that all other contact information (except telephone extensions, which have changed slightly) has remained the same.

Metcalf Releases 2010/11 Biennial Report

We recently released our 2010-2011 Biennial Report, entitled Redefining Our Place. Download a pdf of the report at the link below.


Town Hall Meetings to Announce New Funding Program in Performing Arts

In September, Metcalf will be announcing a significant new program of support for the performing arts sector in Toronto, replacing our current Strategic Initiatives program. Town hall meetings, during which the Foundation will present the new program, will be held between September 11 and 19.


Building a Global, Sustainable Food Network

In late June, our Chair, Kirsten Hanson, and our President and CEO, Sandy Houston, attended a two-day international meeting hosted by The Prince of Wales at his Highgrove estate in Gloucester, UK. The event brought together a small group of philanthropic organizations from across the world to discuss how to achieve a more globally integrated approach to supporting sustainable food and agriculture systems.

Geoff Mulgan visits Thorncliffe Park

On May 3, 2012 the Metcalf Foundation hosted Geoff Mulgan, CEO of Britain’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) in Thorncliffe Park for a tour and discussion with the local community. The event was organized as part of the Resilient Neighbourhood Economies pilot project.


Metcalf hosts the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia

On July 18, 2012, Metcalf co-hosted a dialogue with Toronto and Philadelphia based leaders from labour, community, government, business, and academia on how to advance workforce development in both our regions.


Advancing Policy Change

What role can Foundations place in advancing tough policy issues? This is the key theme explored in a recent article published in the Canadian Review of Social Policy entitled, Foundations for Social Change: Reflections on Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. Metcalf Foundation’s Colette Murphy and Pedro Barata (formerly with the Atkinson Foundation) co-authored the article that highlights their experiences and lessons learned about complex change-making practices.



Driver’s Choice

Pembina Foundation’s “Drivers’ Choice” project found that most drivers were willing to pay for ways to fund rapid transit and options to driving five days a week.


Ruth Howard Wins George Luscombe Award

On June 5, it was announced that Ruth Howard, Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre, was the recipient of the George Luscombe Award for Mentorship as part of the 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Awards.  Metcalf has supported a long history of mentoring activities at Jumblies, and we congratulate Ruth for this well-deserved recognition.  To read the complete media release, click here.

Let’s Be Less Productive

Metcalf Innovation Fellow, Dr. Tim Jackson, recently wrote on op-ed for the New York Times on the benefits of a transition to a low-productivity economy.


Small Change Fund

An innovative facilitator of grassroots giving is seeking a new Executive Director that will lead the organization into the next phase of growth. This is a unique opportunity to shape a young and dynamic organization in the early stages of its development with a high potential for innovation, and to influence community-based action across Canada at an important time in the evolution of the social profit sector.


East Scarborough Storefront Launches Eco-Food Hub

Amidst a celebratory crowd of local residents, community partners, politicians and other stakeholders the East Scarborough Storefront officially opened its Eco-Food Hub on June 14, 2012. This is a new community space focused on advancing environmental, economic, and food security initiatives in the neighbourhood. The first completed aspect of the hub is a commercial grade kitchen, which was created with a Metcalf 50th anniversary grant. When completed the hub will have composting systems, new green spaces, and a rainwater management and irrigation infrastructure. The youth from the community who led the hub’s design process along side architects and designers were celebrated as “Storefront Super Heroes” as part of the festivities.

Mowat Centre appoints Executive Researcher of New Public Policy Research Hub

Elizabeth McIsaac has been appointed Executive Researcher of the Mowat Centre’s new Not-for-Profit Policy Research Hub, a public policy research initiative supported by Metcalf. Elizabeth is an experienced executive leader and researcher in the non-profit sector, who most recently served as Executive Director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, as well as worked in a variety of roles at The Maytree Foundation.



2012 Urban Agriculture Summit

Featuring speakers and urban farmers from around the globe, register now for the Urban Agriculture Summit, August 15 – 18, 2012 in Toronto.


September 10

Renewal Program

September 17

Inclusive Local Economies Opportunities Fund

October 22

Performing Arts Internships

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