Current contribution: 2020-2025
$1,014,000 for phase 2
Previous contributions: 2015-2020
$2,000,000 for phase 1
Collaboration and collective action
The Collective Impact Project (CIP) places collaboration at the heart of its activities, organizational structure and decision-making process.
In 2015, nine foundations, Centraide of Greater Montreal, the City of Montreal, the Montreal Regional Public Health Department and the Coalition montréalaise des Tables de quartier (a coalition of 32 neighbourhood roundtables), partnered to increase their impact in a concerted, collaborative manner. Their shared goal: reduce poverty and social exclusion in Montreal.
When it started, the $23 million project was unique in the Montreal philanthropic landscape. “This new structure has allowed us to pool significant philanthropic funds,” explains Rotem Ayalon, Director of the CIP at Centraide of Greater Montreal, the organization responsible for implementing the project.
“In seven years we have seen the benefits of this collaboration, both for decision-making and within neighbourhoods. The fact that we have a better understanding of the priorities and concerns of each partner, that we can share our understanding of current issues and that we can connect, is extremely valuable,” says Ayalon.
Between 2016 and 2021, the CIP supported 17 Montreal neighbourhoods in carrying out projects, developed collaboratively, according to the specific issues of the neighbourhood. “It was creative and inspiring. It allowed us to experiment, evolve and do things differently,” says Ayalon.
Phase 2 of the CIP was launched in 2022 to strengthen neighbourhood projects and will expand to all 32 neighbourhoods in Montreal. Having demonstrated impact, the CIP received extended funding of $22.5 million to support its second phase growth over the next five years.