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400 people talk innovation on National Philanthropy Day

400 people talk innovation

on National Philanthropy Day


“Innovative approaches to philanthropy are making

community-based projects more successful.”

– Yvan Gauthier

MONTRÉAL, November 12, 2015 – To mark National Philanthropy Day, an event being celebrated by many people across the country, the Foundation of Greater Montréal hosted a gathering of 400 people for discussions on the subject of innovation in this field. “Our Vital Signs 2015 report illustrates how Greater Montréal is going through a transformation, and this trend requires us to re-think the ways we operate and the traditional models that no longer produce the results we expect,” stated Yvan Gauthier, President and CEO of the Foundation of Greater Montréal. “Philanthropy is an integral part of the social and cultural development of Greater Montréal, and there too it is important for us to discover new kinds of leadership, especially among young people, to generate new initiatives and partnerships that will support major causes.”

During the meeting, many different organizations and experts related how they are bringing new types of philanthropic projects into the community:

·         John Cawley, Vice President, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

·         Dominic Gagnon, IT and new media entrepreneur

·         Josianne Robert, assistant professor in workplace training, University of Montréal

·         Christian Casanova, director of optometry, University of Montréal

·         Véronique Houle, director of national operations, Doctors of the World Canada

·         Kathy Casey, artistic director, and Charlotte Calais, administration and development director, Montréal Danse

·         Daphné Mailloux-Rousseau, director, L’Ancre des jeunes.


An inspiring story: the creation of the Julie Thorn Fund

The Foundation of Greater Montréal took the opportunity at the National Philanthropy Day gathering to share an inspiring story. It goes back to February 21, 2012, the day on which a 16-year-old girl named Julie Thorn died at Polyvalente Deux-Montagnes after going into cardiac arrest. Not long after this tragic event, Marie-Hélène Proulx, a student then aged 19, and Marie-Hélène Thorn, the sister of Julie, created the Julie Thorn Fund. Their objective: provide schools with automated external defibrillators (AED) and deliver training on cardiovascular resuscitation (CPR). The fund was created in 2012 with an initial investment of $80, and the value has since risen to nearly $15,000 as a result of the many related fund-raising events and activities. Three years later, in consideration of the money raised and the growth of the assets at the FGM, a first donation of $1,235 could be made to the ACT Foundation, a national charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and defibrillator programs in Canadian high schools. This donation will make it possible to install a defibrillator at the first targeted school in 2016.

"The philanthropic community is at a crossroads,” said Yvan Gauthier. “More than ever, we must create different ways of inspiring each other to invest in the betterment of the community. Youth-driven initiatives and new digital media tools for reaching donors are achieving that goal. The creation of the Julie Thorn Fund shows that philanthropy empowers all citizens to devote themselves to a cause that is dear to them, such as honouring the memory of a loved one."

Anyone wishing to support the growth of the Julie Thorn Fund for the purchase of defibrillators can now make a donation via the website of the Foundation of Greater Montréal.

$5.5 million allocated by FGM in 2015

During its third annual celebration of National Philanthropy Day, the Foundation of Greater Montréal announced support of approximately $731,000 for over 55 initiatives through its Community Grants Program. The projects covered by this program relate to early school leaving, the environment, homelessness, mental health, community art, domestic violence and citizen participation. "These 55 projects meet the real needs of the population,” said Mr. Gauthier. “For all of 2015, the FGM distributed a total of more than $5.5 million to nearly 300 organizations. We are proud of this increase of over 25% in grants, compared to 2014."


About the Foundation of Greater Montréal

The Foundation of Greater Montreal helps individuals, families, and organizations establish philanthropic funds for their selected causes in the areas of education, health, social development, arts and culture, and the environment. The FGM manages the assets of the philanthropic funds and guides donors by identifying the most pressing issues in the community and the organizations and activities that support them. It also actively promotes the development of philanthropy as an important lever for the well-being of the community in Greater Montreal.

Since it was founded, more than 15 years ago, the FGM has distributed more than $20 million in grants to more than 1,000 non-profit organizations working in Greater Montréal in all sectors of society. Currently, the FGM manages over 400 funds, with a total value of $178 million. The FGM is a member of Community Foundations of Canada, a network that brings together over 191 community foundations from coast to coast.

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Julie Paquet

Communications Director

Foundation of Greater Montréal

Mobile: 514-996-0323

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Olivier Lapierre

Press Officer

Foundation of Greater Montréal

Mobile: 514-583-3868

Twitter @FondationGRMTL


About the Community Grants Program

The Community Grants Program supports initiatives intended to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in the Greater Montréal community through projects in arts and culture, education, environment, health, and social development. The program comprises two components, Community Initiatives and Greater Montréal Key Projects. Our grants are intended for non-profit organizations that work in the Greater Montréal area and are recognized as charitable organizations by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Areas covered by the program

Education: School retention, inclusiveness (diversity)
Environment: Local greening initiatives
Health: Mental health and homelessness
Culture: Community art (artistic activities aimed at vulnerable people or vulnerable neighbourhoods)
Social Development: Family violence; inclusion (community engagement)

Supported projects for 2015



Continuité familiale auprès des détenus CFAD

' Décliner votre identité - phase 2'

Corporation Wapikoni mobile

À la découverte des jeunes créateurs
autochtones de Montréal

Écomusée de la maison du fier monde

La culture sourde à l'Écomusée du fier monde

Espace Libre


Fondation du Musée McCord

Partageons notre mémoire, nos histoires :
rencontres intergénérationnelles

Imago Theatre


Société pour les arts en milieux de santé

Mémoire - une résidence artistique
en milieu hospitalier

Talisman Theatre

Walk like an Egyptian!

Teesri Duniya Theatre

The Shaadi Project

Théâtre Aux Écuries

Habiter Villeray

Théâtre La Chapelle

Projet Jeun'Est - La Chapelle

Social Development


Action-Réinsertion (Le Sac à Dos)

S'affranchir avec dignité

Amal-Centre pour femmes / Amal-Center for Women

A Collaborative Approach to ending Domestic Violence
with a focus on Immigrant Communities in Mtl

Centre d’action bénévole de Boucherville

Ponts de l’Entraide

Centre de prévention des agressions de Montréal

Un espace sans violence

Compagnons de Montréal

Épicerie solidaire de Rosemont

Femmes averties / Women Aware

Red Flags

Groupe communautaire L'Itinéraire

Implantation d'une plateforme numérique

Joujouthèque Saint-Michel Inc.

La salubrité des logements à St-Michel

La cafétéria communautaire MultiCaf

approche citoyens sans-abri

Les petits frères des pauvres

Développement et déploiement de l'action dans
l'Ouest de l'Île

Maison des parents Bordeaux-Cartierville

ateliers de francisation

Parrainage civique les Marronniers

Petits prix et fins gourmets


Projet Récoltes solidaires

Revitalisation Saint-Pierre

Approvisionnement collectif du Grand
Sud-Ouest de Montréal

Services horticoles, les Pousses urbaines

Cultive ton avenir



Association des parents de Côte-des-Neiges

Vivement l'école !

Bienvenue à Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

Intervenants communautaires scolaires (ICS)

Carrefour de ressources en interculturel

Femmes-relais interculturelles

Je Passe Partout, service de soutien scolaire
et d'intervention familiale

Développer le plaisir de la lecture chez les élèves:
un projet intergénérationnel fantasTIC !

Jeunes musiciens du monde

Les jeunes en scène

L’île du savoir Inc.

Fablab mobile à l'école

Maison de la Famille LeMoyne

Découvrons le livre

Perspectives jeunesse

Mieux me connaître pour réussir

Pour 3 points

DE coach sportif à coach de vie

UQAM-Cœur des sciences

Enquête de terrain en environnement urbain



Centre de réhabilitation Le Nichoir inc.

Educational kiosk Le Nichoir

Concordia University (City Farm School)

City Farm School Project

Fondation David Suzuki - Québec

Journée de la nature

Nature-Action Québec inc.

De la terre à l'assiette



Association québécoise des parents et amis de la
personne atteinte de maladie mentale

soutien en santé mentale jeunesse

CACTUS Montréal

Centre d'écoute et de référence Multi-Écoute

Clinique Droits Devant

Comité logement Saint-Laurent

Communauté Nazareth Inc

Fondation Centre de santé et de services
sociaux Jeanne-Mance

Fondation des maladies mentales Inc.

La Maison bleue

Maison du Père

Médecins du Monde

Service d'éducation et de sécurité alimentaire
de Mercier-Est
Société de schizophrénie de la Montérégie

Société de sclérose systémique 
(sclérodermie) du Québec Inc.

Welcome Hall Mission/Mission Bon Accueil


Suivi psychosocial multilingue aux
nouveaux arrivants

Projet Dignité

Réduction durable des problèmes d'insalubrité

Health & Hope

Clinique dentaire des jeunes de la rue

Solidaires pour la vie

Milieu de vie préventif à l'enfance

Soins de santé de proximité pour
hommes itinérants

Implantation d’un service de soutien en santé
mentale à bord de la clinique mobile de MdM

Les Voix du cœur

Programme de soutien et de services aux personnes
atteintes de sclérodermie et leurs proches aidants

Medical Services Expansion Project