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September 4, 2020
We can’t control systems or figure them out. We can dance with them! - Donella Meadows Welcome to Systems Log, stories about collaborating for systems transformation. In this three part series, we will discuss the intersection of small and large scale social change, uncover the shared learning journey of addressing wicked problems, and reveal the why, who, what and how of systems transformation through candid interviews. Let’s start with being... Read More
September 1, 2020
Dear Mayor and Council Members, Municipal Advisory Committees provide guidance to City Council on matters of diversity, inclusion and anti-oppression; environment; forestry; cycling; accessibility and more. The residents who sit on these committees volunteer considerable time and expertise to make our city better. The proposed plan to consolidate, streamline and cut advisory committees is a false economy, and more importantly it suggests that consulting and engaging citizens as subject matter... Read More
August 25, 2020
NEWS RELEASE LONDON, ONTARIO, August 26, 2020 – Once again, we will be sharing the stories of those who are inspiring us to create change in our community at the 14th Annual Pillar Community Innovation Awards. The selected finalists are examples of those who are making our community better and brighter. The Pillar Community Innovation Awards celebrates individuals, organizations and enterprises investing in positive community impact in the categories of... Read More
August 24, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Twenty-Seven Area Eateries Get $1,000 Each in First Round of Grants from New London-Middlesex Restaurant Support Fund Businesses and nonprofits team up and serve up relief to area restaurateurs LONDON, ON. Aug. 24, 2020 – The new London-Middlesex Restaurant Support Fund has announced that 27 area eateries – 21 in London and 6 in surrounding Middlesex County – have each been awarded $1,000 grants to help with... Read More
August 6, 2020
The Investment Readiness Program (IRP) is a funding opportunity for organizations that have a social purpose to help launch, design, measure and scale their organization or project to get ready to access social financing. As an IRP expert service provider, Pillar is committed to promoting the fund to our network and supporting applications. The funding is flexible and supports activities that help you become investment ready, such as: Business Planning... Read More
August 5, 2020
Exploring how to generate revenue for your organization in these tough times? Need some support to help your social enterprise cope during COVID? Looking to start or grow a social enterprise? It can be challenging to take time for strategic business planning when you are managing the daily needs of your organization. Innoweave, an initiative of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, provides up to $10k in funding to support your... Read More
August 5, 2020
To further support the local restaurant industry impacted by COVID-19, Club House® for Chefs and McCormick Canada has teamed up with five organizations to create the London-Middlesex Restaurant Support Fund. In partnering with Pillar Nonprofit Network, the Middlesex London Food Policy Council, rTraction and the Western Fair District, this fund offers up to $1,000 in grants to qualifying London-Middlesex-based, independent operators of restaurants and bars in need of financial assistance as they adapt their businesses through the pandemic crisis.Read More
August 4, 2020
Pillar is delighted to have the Canada Life Young Leaders program on our menu of programs and services. Pillar has a strong commitment to diversity in leadership, youth volunteerism and board governance education, making this program a natural fit with our other diversity and governance initiatives. This partnership with Young London and sponsored by Canada Life provides young people in our community with a unique leadership opportunity. The program matches... Read More
August 4, 2020
Last August, a grant from the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario enabled Pillar Nonprofit Network, along with partners the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) , SVX and NORDIK Institute’s Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (SEE) , to launch an ambitious project to support and develop women social entrepreneurs – the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN). WOSEN offers a suite of programs for... Read More
July 20, 2020
As nonprofits and social enterprises navigate the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, there are a number of key issues leaders should be thinking about, as well as steps they can take to not only react to severe financial shocks now but also reshape their finances and plan for recovery. The uncertainties of the current environment serve as a powerful reminder to decision-makers of the need for risk management and crisis planning. Organizations... Read More


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