CEGN has established a number of Funder Groups to foster collaboration around specific issues. These groups are open to all CEGN members and activities are planned by the groups themselves and may include conference calls, issue-specific discussion lists, webinars, resource databases hosted by CEGN and other initiatives. CEGN is also pleased to highlight collaborative efforts advancing sustainability that are underway outside of the network. Information on some of these initiatives is also included below.
National Water Funders’ Group
The goal of the Water Funders Group is to maximize the impact of philanthropic resources supporting fresh water protection in Canada by facilitating shared learning and collaboration. This Funders’ Group is currently chaired by Wendy Cooper of Tides Canada. The group recently released a report on The Future of Freshwater Funding in Canada, which is available on the reports page.
Low Carbon Future Funders Group
This group is dedicated to spurring strategic collaboration to advance a low carbon future for Canada. Co-chairs are Andre Vallillee of the Metcalf Foundation and Beth Hunter of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.
Sustainable Cities Funders Group
This group is dedicated to strengthening the role of philanthropy in support of urban sustainability. Co-chairs are Karen Wilkie of the Carthy Foundation, and Shannon Joseph, Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Kids and Nature Funders Group
This group is working to strengthen the connection between kids and nature. Chair is Stan Kozak, of the Gosling Foundation.
For information about joining any of these funder groups, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
BC Freshwater Funders Collaborative
The BC Freshwater Funders Collaborative is an informal body supporting strategic collaboration among organizations and foundations that fund freshwater and watershed protection efforts in British Columbia. Click here for 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. Click here for more information.