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Charitable donations and grant making are activities by no means limited to organizations operating only within the United States of America. They occur in many parts of the world, wherever one finds corporations and foundations committed to philanthropic undertakings.

 

This post explores the distribution of grant-making foundations in Canada. A later post will explore the distribution of corporate giving programs in Canada. In addition, further posts will explore grant-related philanthropies elsewhere in North America — as well as in other countries and regions of the world.

 

Canadian Grant-Making Foundations:

Based on a list at Charity Village, at least 283 private foundations make grants within Canada. Charity Village’s database briefly describes the purposes and geographic focuses of each foundation and provides links to their individual websites.

 

Of the 283 foundations, 19 are international, 90 are national, and 65 are regional. Most of the international foundations are based in the United States of America. The regional foundations provide support either in parts of two or more provinces or in their entireties.

 

In addition, 109 of the 283 foundations provide support within specific provinces: 20 in Alberta (AB), 20 in British Columbia (BC), nine in Manitoba (MB), three in New Brunswick (NB), one in Newfoundland (NL), three in Nova Scotia (NS), one in Northwest Territories (NT), 44 in Ontario (ON), five in Quebec (QC), two in Prince Edward Island (PE), and one in Saskatchewan (SK).

 

Yukon (YT) and Nunavut (NU) have no province-specific foundations listed on Charity Village’s online directory. Applicants in these sparsely settled provinces must look outside provincial boundaries in their pursuit of grants from private foundations.

 

Canadian Grant-Making Private Foundations

Location

Number

Location

Number

Location

Number

International

19

New Brunswick

3

Ontario

44

National

90

Newfoundland

1

Quebec

5

Regional

65

Northwest Territories

1

Prince Edward Island

2

Alberta

20

Nova Scotia

3

Saskatchewan

1

British Columbia

20

Nunavut

0

Yukon

0

Manitoba

9

 

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