The FGM’s commitment to the community is growing even stronger
The year 2015 marked an unprecedented level of involvement by the Foundation in the community. The most noteworthy part of this involvement was certainly the launch, last October, of the new Vital Signs report at the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. Since then, the FGM has organized and hosted five discussion panels on vital issues—homelessness, early school leaving, the environment, transportation and domestic violence—with partners who are dedicated to their respective fields.
Also in 2015, for the first time since the FGM was established, we surpassed $5 million in our total annual grants to organizations that implement vital community projects.
Our involvement with Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) is allowing us to build fruitful relationships with our peers across Canada. For example, a welcome fund for refugees was recently established by CFC and Manulife—a fund that just received an injection of $5 million from the Canadian National Railway Company (CN). We encourage other businesses to contribute to this charitable cause.
Over the past year, the FGM has become even more mobilized as an actor for the betterment of Greater Montréal. We plan to continue our intense efforts in 2016 and further mobilize the organizations and leaders that are working to make a difference on vital community issues.