Brief: The Donner Canadian Foundation was established in 1950 by William H. Donner. In the mid-1960s, the Foundation began to focus on specific program interests, among these, research on public policy. The Donner family chose Canada's centennial year, 1967, to embark on a course of professional grant making that has contributed well over $100 million to more than 1,000 projects across Canada and around the world.

Thrust Areas: the Foundation supports environmental, international development, and social service projects.

Who Can Apply: The Donner Canadian Foundation does not regularly respond to letters of inquiry or unsolicited requests for funding.


However, it does maintain files about charitable organizations and their work. The Foundation uses this information – along with proactive research and input from advisors – in its search for high-potential projects. To inform this search, charitable organizations may send the

Foundation’s Executive Director a two- to three-page description of their goals and programs. If

There is a potential match between this work and the interests of the Foundation, Staff will

Contact the charity for more information.


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