Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada partner to invest in reflective practice and learning for social change

CKX to curate expanded program to enable reflective practice and learning to enhance the leadership of those driving social change in Canada.

The Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) are pleased to announce a partnership that will see both organizations invest in the Community Knowledge Exchange (CKX) platform to develop and expand a national program to support and enable reflective practice and learning for leaders who are driving social change.

Today, as a result of technological change, globalization and many threats to sustainability, civil society faces many complex challenges and opportunities. And while much of the focus of social change work is action-oriented and results-driven, this collaboration asserts the value and importance of creating and holding space for reflection, learning and knowledge exchange to inform and enlighten that change and those who are driving it.

This unique partnership will build on the Carold Institute’s 30-year history and commitment to learning, leadership development and strengthening civil society and its roots in the Canadian adult education movement. It will leverage CFC’s national and international community networks, organizational capacity and experience scaling innovation to enable CKX to deliver on its manifesto to spark fundamental shifts in how we build and share knowledge in the pursuit of social change.

Through this partnership we aspire to:

  • Improve how we build and share knowledge for social change
  • Build and amplify the values, voices and work of the people driving social change
  • Mobilize knowledge, connect networks and build new relationships to spark action for social change

“The Alan Thomas Fellowship has been at the heart of our work over the past decade,” says Tatiana Fraser, President of the Carold Institute. “We have seen first hand, the powerful impact of investing in leaders through sabbatical resources, support and learning networks. We are very pleased to be joining forces with CFC to expand these important opportunities and to build new ways for our sector to deepen our learning for change.”

Over the next several months, CKX will design and create opportunities that build on the legacy and experience of the Carold Institute to turn this shared aspiration into reality which includes a commitment to continue to offer fellowships for practitioners.

“We are excited for this opportunity to leverage CKX to drive this work,” says Community Foundations of Canada President Ian Bird. “As a shared asset and platform, it’s uniquely positioned to bring the right people, ideas and resources together to deliver on this vision.”

In the spirit of CKX, this journey will be open and collaborative. “Consider this your official invitation to engage and be a part of building something, together,” says CKX Lead Lee Rose. “Let’s take this opportunity to fundamentally shift how we enhance and support the leadership of those who are driving change in Canada.”

For more information, please contact:

Lee Rose
CKX Lead

Tatiana Fraser
President, Carold Institute

About the Carold Institute

The Carold Institute is a national charitable organization whose mandate it is to advance citizenships and social change that was created more than 28 years ago with an endowment from Ms. Clare Clark, a long time participant in and advocate for voluntary organizations in Canada.  

About Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. We are a philanthropic movement working across sectors to help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient communities. To learn more visit

About CKX

CKX is a shared platform that seeks to spark fundamental shifts in how we build and share knowledge in the pursuit of social change. Learn more about CKX at

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