Seven foundations joined together in 2018 to collectively award $1,098,000 in innovation grants to 14 projects run by Canadian Christian charities. Participating donors included founding members Bridgeway Foundation and John & Rebecca Horwood, along with more recent partners Kehila Foundation, Redleaf Foundation, River Dali Foundation, and the David & Dorothy Lam Foundation. This year, new collaborator Burro Foundation joined in to make us even stronger together! This community of givers believes that professional due diligence, clear and strategic communication, and meeting together to access the group’s collective wisdom, allow for better grantmaking decisions. Participants found that their charity contributions are stretched further and more productively deployed than when giving alone. This is the ninth year Stronger Together has offered grants to multiply impact through collaboration.
Grants are awarded for innovations such as: the launch of a new academic business degree by a Moncton university in partnership with an Indian institution, an investment into engineering a schooner for youth mentoring in Victoria, expansion of a soup franchise using church basements and employing Ontarians on disability, and the development of apps to better link donors to grassroots project reporting. Grants were awarded to charities based in BC, Ontario, and New Brunswick.
The following list details the charities that benefited from these grants. Click on the hyperlinks in each organization name for more details on each grant.
|Organization Name||Project Name||Amount Awarded||Purpose of Investment|
|Alongsiders||Discipleship App & Curriculum Digitization Project||$85,000||To develop a mobile app and animated video curriculum for mentoring children and capable of being used in 20+ languages worldwide.|
|Arrow Leadership||Arrow Entrepreneur Project||$50,000||To create a leadership program designed for Christian entrepreneurs in Vancouver.|
|cbm Canada||Measuring Impact Project||$91,500||To develop, test and roll out a tool designed to measure the long-term impact of international development programs and to report that impact to donors.|
|Christian Horizons||Inclusive Education Merger Project (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)||$76,500||To merge the work of two organization to enable multiplied inclusive education of children in Ethiopia.|
|Crandall University||Fueling the Economy: Attracting Immigrants to Atlantic Canada Project||$150,000||To launch a partnership with an Indian university for a new International Business degree program to increase enrollment for the university, and immigration and employment in Atlantic Canada.|
|EduDeo Ministries||Mobile Reporting App Project||$30,000||To restore trust with donors and increase efficiency through the creation of a mobile app to aid in reporting impact.|
|Global Aid Network||Mobile & Cloud Based Water Data Collection Project||$60,000||To develop a customized data-collection platform and provide the necessary hardware, training, and resources needed for two years of program-wide monitoring and evaluation of water programs in Africa.|
|Henri Nouwen Society||Courage for Caregivers Project||$49,000||To provide resources and training for professional caregivers based on the writings of Henri Nouwen.|
|Indwell||Affordable Housing Expansion Project (London, Ontario)||$150,000||To expand affordable housing to London, Ontario and bring dignity to those struggling with homelessness and/or mental instability.|
|JustWork Economic Initiative||JustRenos Buildup Project||$60,000||To expand the capacity of a social enterprise for people unable to find traditional work in Vancouver.|
|Outflow Ministry||Artist-in-Residence Project||$40,700||To jumpstart a social innovation project focused on the arts for the homeless in Saint John NB.|
|Raw Carrot||Social Enterprise Franchise Expansion Project||$55,300||To expand the number of franchises of a social enterprise employing persons on disability.|
|S.A.L.T.S. Sail and Life Training Society||Tall Ship Engineering and Innovation Project||$150,000||To invest in a new class of sailing schooner for use in international waters off the coast of British Columbia as a means to train youth in core values for life.|
|St. Stephen’s University||Student Debt Reduction Pilot Project||$50,000||To develop an innovative pilot employment and aid program to assist students to graduate with less debt.|