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The Philanthropic Day - ALMOST 400 ATTENDEES make the day a success!

On November 13, close to 400 people, donors, foundation leaders and community representatives came together at Gèsu to discuss philanthropic issues and learn about the initiatives that the FGM supports.

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Hosted by Yvan Gauthier, President and CEO of the FGM, the event began at 4 p.m. with a presentation by Joanne Villemaire, Senior Vice-President and Partner at KCI, who is a recognized expert in philanthropic issues. Ms. Villemaire spoke about the trends that define today’s philanthropic landscape in Quebec and Canada, the opportunities available to charitable organizations, and what the various generations of donors are seeking.

Click here to view Ms. Villemaire’s presentation

FGM impact 
In 2014, the FGM distributed $4.1 M to over 300 organizations working in sectors that include, among others, student retention, mental health, social integration, community art, homelessness, and the environment. Organizations presented projects supported through FGM grants. 

Wapikoni Mobile, talked about their project “À la découverte des jeunes créateurs autochtones de Montréal,” and Logis Rose-Virginie spoke of the importance of “post-residential follow-up” for women in difficulty. Then, two representatives of the education sector discussed two facets of this field. Pour 3 points talked about the role of educators and their project “De coach sportif à coach de vie,” and Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi de l'Ouest-de-l'Île described the motivation of young people involved in the second phase of the “321Dragons Mentoring Academy.” La Maison Bleue struck a chord with attendees in their description of the support offered through “Des petits pour la Maison Bleue.” And finally, the David Suzuki Foundation invited those present to come together for the “Nature Days,” to be held from May 22nd to May 24th 2015.

Awarding of the Benjamin Moore grant 
The Giving Moore Foundation, the charitable arm of Benjamin Moore & Co., announced the foundation’s 2014 grant recipients for community renovation projects in Canada. In Quebec, The Women’s Centre of Montreal was the organization awarded by the Giving Moore 2014 grant. This fund will enable them to repair and restore part of their building.

Cocktails and networking 
After the presentations, the speakers and attendees had a chance to chat and network during a cocktail reception prepared by Resto plateau, a social reintegration organization. 

Enormous thanks go to all of our partners and the many volunteers who made this event special. Click here to view the photos of the event taken by Michèle Gagné (courtesy of Benjamin Moore & Co).