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October 8, 2020
The London Free Press recently profiled our incredible finalists for the 14th Annual Pillar Community Innovation Awards, offering a much needed breath of fresh air and inspiration into the current news landscape. The series of four articles offered an inside look into the driving motivations behind the initiatives of select finalists as well as their insights on what being nominated for the awards means to them. Check out the series... Read More
September 10, 2020
By AnnaLise Trudell and Louise Pitre Pillar Nonprofit Network thanks AnnaLise and Louise for contributing their expertise to Pillar’s Executive Director Support Network and their work on this guest post. The nonprofit sector has been a leader in advocating for equity, particularly in pushing for systemic change at multiple levels of government and in advocating for the needs of their clients. But what about the staff? What about the differential... Read More
September 10, 2020
Our work before and, especially, during the COVID-19 pandemic makes it clear that Londoners are ready, willing, and able to step up as volunteers to help their neighbours and vulnerable members of our community. When Pillar Nonprofit Network was identified by the Mayor’s Task Forces on Social and Economic Impact and Recovery to help convene London’s volunteer effort, we worked with our network to strengthen formal and informal volunteering wherever... Read More
September 8, 2020
Please join me in congratulating Michelle Baldwin, Executive Director of Pillar Nonprofit Network, as she embarks on the next phase of her leadership journey, joining Community Foundations of Canada as Senior Advisor, Transformation and teaching at Huron University College in the Governance, Leadership and Ethics program. Michelle will remain in her role as Executive Director to facilitate a smooth transition period and to onboard a new leader into 2021. Her... Read More
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


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