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Thursday, November 3 • 10:35 - 11:45
Small Foundations, Outsized Impact

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Why do some small foundations have such big impact? Is it solely the result of the vision and charisma of the individuals involved or are there common practices, approaches and philosophies which other foundations can adopt? And how can we truly understand these practices and approaches, moving beyond general statements about the importance of “partnership” and “leadership” to a deeper knowledge of the structures and methods which foster maximum impact?

These questions intrigued the three partners behind this session: Burns Memorial Fund, Mindset Social Innovation Foundation and Philanthropic Foundations Canada. The partners came together to commission a small and informal research project, exploring the topic through focused interviews with three small foundations working towards large goals. Our results are not definitive but we hope they will spark a larger conversation about impact.  In this session, we will discuss what we discovered and dig deeper with the three participating foundations. 

Read Elizabeth Dozois's blog post on the PFC website about this research and read the report. 

Learn more about our 3 participating foundations - Graham Boeckh Foundation, Fondation Dufresne et Gauthier, and Toskan Casale Foundation/Youth and Philanthropy Initiative 

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Michelle Clarke

Executive Director, Burns Memorial Fund
Michelle Clarke is the Executive Director of Burns Memorial Fund, a Calgary-based foundation focused on the health, education and recreation needs of low-income children and youth. Michelle has worked in the voluntary sector for 30 years, as an Executive Director, funder and research/evaluation... Read More →
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Graham Dover

Executive Director, Mindset Social Innovation Foundation
Graham Dover is the Executive Director of Mindset Social Innovation Foundation. He joined the Foundation in 2011 after completing his PhD on the emerging field of social innovation. He is interested in the research and practice of transformative social innovations – solutions that... Read More →

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Helene Dufresne

Présidente, Fondation Dufresne Gauthier
An early contributor to the creation and development of Cirque du Soleil from 1984 to 1998, Hélène Dufresne has been president of Fondation Dufresne et Gauthier since its creation in 2001. The foundation supports around 75 organizations in the Montreal, Quebec City and Charlevoix regions, and around 10 in Mongolia. After adopting her children from Mongolia, she represented that country as its honorary consul in Quebec from 2003 to 2010... Read More →
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Danielle Kemmer

Vice President, Strategy and Initiatives, Graham Boeckh Foundation
Danielle Kemmer is Vice President, Strategy and Initiatives at the Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF), where she is involved in strategy development and oversees the foundation’s projects and activities. GBF is a private family foundation dedicated to catalyzing transformation in mental... Read More →
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Holly McLellan

Executive Director, Youth and Phlianthropy Initiative Canada
Holly is the Executive Director of YPI Canada (Youth and Philanthropy Initiative), an internationally-recognized, multi-award-winning secondary school program that was created by the Toskan Casale Foundation in 2002. In 2016 Holly helped the founders to launch YPI Canada as an independent... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 10:35 - 11:45
Aspen, 3rd Floor, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

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