Our orientations

Important: We will be progressively implementing our new orientations between now and 2020. Until then, however, the Foundation intends to respect its current commitments, continuing to provide support for regional and local actors, mainly through Avenir d'enfants (until 2019) and Québec en Forme (until 2020). These orientations will be subject to ongoing adjustments based on their application in various contexts and the lessons we learn. 

The Chagnon Foundation aspires to support a variety of partners who:

  • are joining forces and getting citizens involved in working together
  • focus their attention on families in disadvantaged neighbourhoods
  • approach educational success from the angle of the overall development of children and youth, from conception to adulthood
  • concentrate on prevention by creating sustainable conditions to reduce obstacles and inequality in the areas of poverty and educational success by adopting behaviours, practices or public policy that go beyond the one-time delivery of direct and individual services
  • are undertaking or pursuing a process to mobilize partners, develop a common vision, implement initiatives to encourage educational success that are a part of that vision, or offer the resources needed to realize their vision and related initiatives
  • recognize that the Chagnon Foundation will provide only a relative portion of their funding for a fixed period so that others can also benefit from its support
  • are committed to systematizing and sharing lessons learned.

More specifically, the Foundation wants to offer its support in the following areas:

I - Coalitions of partners working in disadvantaged environments or areas with a high concentration of vulnerable families

  • We wish to support different community configurations, adapting to their needs and sense of belonging, as well as to partners' leadership and dynamics. We could, for example, support a regional coalition, a stakeholders' table in an urban neighbourhood or MRC (regional county municipality).
  • A community coalition, depending on how it evolves, mobilizes legitimate, recognized leaders and actors in the community, including citizens who are directly concerned by the issues and representatives from different sectors (community [children/youth/families], municipal, education, early childhood, public services, social, economic and cooperative).
  • The coalition works together to have an impact on issues related to social development and the community, to poverty and reducing inequality, or to the overall development of children, young people and their families.

The Foundation has already begun to implement its updated approach. Here are a few examples:

  • We are a part of Centraide of Greater Montreal's Collective Impact Project (CIP), in which seven foundations have pooled philanthropic resources to support 17 disadvantaged neighbourhoods on the Island of Montreal (Ahuntsic, Bordeaux-Cartierville, Centre-Sud, Côte-des-Neiges, Lachine, LaSalle, Mercier-Est, Mercier-Ouest, Ouest-de-l'Île, Parc-Extension, Peter-McGill, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Rosemont, Saint-Léonard, Saint-Michel, Verdun and Ville-Émard/Côte-St-Paul).
  • We are working with selected communities across Quebec, based on their demographic profile and diversity. For example, the Foundation is currently working with the Charlevoix region (2 MRCs), the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, the city of Sherbrooke and the MRC of Pierre-De Saurel in Montérégie-Est.


II - Community, associated and professional networks

Related to the Chagnon Foundation's mission (early childhood/youth/families, children with special needs, community services, education, municipalities, First Nations, social development, government/public services, philanthropy, economy/employers), these networks bring together actors, citizens, stakeholders or decision-makers in order to:

  • innovate and share knowledge and practices, or
  • Participate in the dialogue on collective measures and public policy.

Here are some of the networks the Foundation already supports:

  • Projet CAR, a partnership whose goal is to encourage school teams to collectively take responsibility for improving their own expertise and their students' success, thus increasing their graduation rate.
  • The Réseau québécois de développement social (RQDS), who has developed a portal of social development tools that are used in various regions of Quebec. These tools are being used to fight poverty and exclusion, keep youth in school and provide support for families, ensure food security and transportation, etc.
  • The Réseau pour un Québec Famille, an association of provincial organizations-communities, municipalities, education establishments, health and social services and unions-that are concerned about the situation of Quebec families.
  • The Regroupement des organismes communautaires jeunesse du Québec (ROCAJQ), who promotes and develops a global community approach and independent community action while informing, educating and raising the awareness of the general public about the realities of today's youth.


III - Organizations and projects that offer resources

These resources (in the form of data, knowledge, lessons learned, expertise, support, tools, communications, events, etc.) are intended for actors in communities and networks (whether or not they are supported by the Foundation), families, the general population and decision-makers.

Here are some of the initiatives the Foundation already supports:

  • Communagir, who offers training and support to individuals and groups to help them accomplish the changes they consider necessary for their collective development.
  • The Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development (QLSCD) and the Quebec Study of Child Development in Kindergarten (QSCDK) conducted by the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
  • CartoJeunes, an interactive cartography platform that provides access to thousands of data on the living conditions and academic paths of young Quebecers.
  • Naître et grandir, a source of scientifically validated information to support Quebec parents in the daily care of their children, from conception until 8 years of age.
  • The Observatoire des tout-petits (Early Childhood Observatory), which compiles the most rigorous data available on 0-5 year-olds, prepares special reports and incites dialogue on the collective action needed to address early childhood issues.



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We believe

"We believe" is a short video that uses images to illustrate our constantly renewed desire to prevent poverty for the good of future generations in Quebec.


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