Cultural & HistoryFamily Foundations

National Gallery of Canada mourns the loss of philanthropist Donald R. Sobey

OTTAWA, ON–The National Gallery of Canada mourns the loss of Donald R. Sobey, one of Canada’s greatest cultural philanthropists who loved championing the country’s best contemporary artists and advancing the appreciation of fine art more broadly. Sobey’s contribution to the National Gallery of Canada has been invaluable. He served as …

Family FoundationsHeathcare

Slaight Family Foundation makes $30M Mental Health Commitment

TORONTO, ON–The Slaight Family Foundation has made a $30 million commitment to support 19 Canadian organizations offering mental health services across the country now and in the future. The initiative will provide new or enhanced services to address the growing mental health needs for some of Canada’s most vulnerable populations, …

EnvironmentFamily Foundations

Weston Family Foundation awards $25M grants support Canadian Prairie Grasslands

TORONTO, ON–The Weston Family Foundation announced the launch of the Weston Family Prairie Grasslands Initiative with nearly $25M awarded to five organizations to collaborate on one of the largest prairie grasslands conservation efforts in Canadian history. “The Canadian prairie grasslands are some of the most ecologically valuable and threatened ecosystems …

Family FoundationsHeathcare

From One Couple to an Entire Community

$1 million donation from the Moez & Marissa Kassam Foundation will benefit hospital transformation and grassroots community health initiatives in East Toronto TORONTO, ON–Michael Garron Hospital Foundation is welcoming a generous investment of $1 million from Moez and Marissa Kassam, a Toronto couple who is deeply motivated to support quality …

Corporate PhilanthropyFamily Foundations

Why Famtech Will Become a Major Trend

By Igor Rybakow Famtech is technology designed to help families on their path to prosperity and well-being. While the term is not widely used, the famtech industry already exists and is growing rapidly among start-ups and non-profit initiatives. They help families keep their finances in check, monitor health, plan and …

Cultural & HistoryFamily FoundationsYouth Initiatives

Canadian Charity Bolsters Youth Creative Writing Workshops with Funding Boost

Toronto, ON–Toronto-based, 100 percent volunteer-led youth education charity, Ripple Foundation, has received $5000 in grants collectively from The Excellence in Literacy Foundation (ELF) and S.M. Blair Family Foundation to bolster its free creative writing programs to encourage creativity and literacy in youth across Canada. Equipped with the funding, Ripple Foundation …

Family FoundationsHuman Rights

The Indigenous Innovation Initiative Launches Inaugural Program

TORONTO, ON–The Indigenous Innovation Initiative, hosted at Grand Challenges Canada is excited to announce the launch of its inaugural program, Advancing Indigenous Gender Equality through Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, on May 11th, 2020. The program will provide much-needed seed funding to innovative projects that will promote gender equality in Indigenous …

Family FoundationsPremier Issue

“Speak up, I can’t hear you!” Family Foundation Governance

What is family foundation governance and why do we need it? By Gena Rotstein Family foundation governance is as much about how decisions are made as it is about communicating the decisions made. This article outlines the key components around family foundation governance. Even if you don’t have a formal …

AwardsFamily Foundations

Rick Hansen Foundation gives YOW Accessibility Gold Rating

Ottawa International Airport Authority OTTAWA, ON–To mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Ottawa International Airport Authority is thrilled to announce that the Ottawa International Airport (YOW) has received the “Accessibility Certified Gold” rating under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM (RHFAC) program. RHFAC is the first program to …

CharitiesFamily Foundations

Barrett Family Foundation donates $25 million to World Vision Canada

Visionary gift marks the largest private donation to World Vision and one of the largest ever philanthropic gifts to an international NGO in Canada; Will drive more impact for more vulnerable youth in Latin America MISSISSAUGA, ON–The Barrett Family Foundation is donating $25 million to World Vision Canada to expand …