The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation: Inclusion. Sustainability. Resilience. Innovation.

Arts for Change Funder Portraits

Ann McQueen


   The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation (1.5 Mb)

This Funder Portrait is part of a series of brief papers and podcast interviews featuring funders who are supporting arts and culture as a creative strategy to achieve community building and development, civic engagement, or social justice goals.

Few family foundations aspire to national impact; fewer still achieve that goal. The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, based in Montreal and funding throughout Canada, convenes roundtables, invests in strengthening leaders, organizations and networks, and leverages early support for demonstration projects into multi-year national initiatives. With an endowment of about $550 million1 and $20 million in grants each year, its work is focused on a vision of “a Canada where all people feel a sense of belonging and contribute as active citizens to improving the well-being of all.” One route to realizing this vision is through the arts.