James Stauch is the Director of the Institute for Community Prosperity, which connects learning, research and change leadership to build community and strengthen the common good. The Institute has led the creation of certificate programs for practitioners in Social Innovation, and corporate Community Investment, and, with the Department of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Social Innovation, developed undergraduate credit-based and co-curricular programming in social innovation. The Institute hosts university placements for social economy professionals – Changemakers in Residence, hosts the Oxford Map the System Challenge at MRU, and served as the backbone for MRU’s campus-wide changemaking strategy and Changemaker Council. The Institute also co-developed and partners extensively with the Trico Changemakers Studio, an on-campus community co-working and social R&D space.
James previously served as a foundation executive and consultant with nearly two decades of experience working in the field of philanthropy, including as senior executive for the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation in Toronto. He has also chaired or helped found a number of membership-based philanthropic foundation networks and collaboratives, including the Arctic Funders Collaborative, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network. He currently serves as an Advisor to the Metcalf Foundation and as part of the Leadership Faculty within the Conference Board of Canada’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Institute. The Institute has also been a key partner in the Montreal Philanthropy Lab, the first nation-wide research initiative looking at the role and impact of philanthropic foundations in Canada.
James has developed and taught social innovation credit and non-credit courses, a community-service liberal-arts hybrid course – Rethinking the Public Sphere – and a low-income accessible certificate program – Economics of Social Change.
James is the lead author of an annual scan of economic, cultural, environmental, political and social trends, produced in partnership with The Calgary Foundation, and has published in American Behavioural Scientist, Urban Affairs, the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research Journal, The Philanthropist, the Northern Review, and Voluntas. He also recently co-authored a chapter on the role of business in the community, as part of the first-ever textbook on the nonprofit sector in Canada (forthcoming).