Donner Canadian Foundation

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Last modified: 2020-08-19 15:48:29 -0700 (PST)

  • Established: 1950
  • Type: Canadian charitable fund
  • Registered Name: Donner Canadian Foundation
  • Business Registration Number: 129826210RR0001
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Impact: "provided the seed money to start several conservative Canadian think-tanks and publications, and became the "lifeblood of conservative research" in Canada"
  • Activities: The Donner Canadian Foundation makes grants to Canadian registered charities and listed U.S. and U.K.. universities. Grant making focuses largely on public policy issues. The Donner Canadian Foundation conducts an award program promoting excellence in public policy writing and carries on a public lecture series on public policies.
  • Granting
  • Lecture Series
  • Assets: 2018: $140,455,657  |  2017: $145,645,517  |  2016: $138,258,988  |  2015: $132,261,915  |  ...
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  • Wikipedia page Donner Canadian Foundation redirects to William Donner

    History of the Donner Canadian Foundation

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    The Donner Canadian Foundation was established in 1950 by William H. Donner. In the mid-1960s, the Donner Canadian 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 grantmaking that has contributed well over $150 million to almost 2,500 projects across Canada and around the world.

    In addition to ongoing funding of public policy research, the Donner Canadian Foundation supports environmental, international development, and social service projects. Every year, the Donner Book Prize honours the best book on Canadian public policy, and the Donner Canadian Foundation's lecture series features some of the world's most influential speakers. The Donner Canadian Foundation is guided by a Board of Governors composed of representatives of the Donner family and prominent Canadians from a variety of fields.

    Allan Gotlieb

    The Donner Canadian Foundation celebrates the life and career of Chairman Emeritus Allan Ezra Gotlieb (1928-2020).


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    In 2019, the Donner Canadian Foundation supported more than 70 charitable organizations. The Donner Canadian Foundation devoted over 40 percent of its granting to environment and wildlife stewardship and 18 percent to public policy research and education. The Donner Canadian Foundation also directed almost 10 percent of its granting toward international development and human rights and almost 20 percent to organizations delivering social services. The Donner Canadian Foundation's remaining grants sustained a variety of worthy projects.

  • 2019 Grants  |  local copy (pdf)

  • Donner Canadian Foundation -- 2019 -- Areas funded:

    Donner Canadian Foundation: Public Policy Research and Education organizations funded in 2019

    Granting [Sponsorship]: Addenda

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    The Donner Canadian Foundation has sponsored / funded the following.

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