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December 15, 2017



November 23, 2017
Vital Signs Forum: Why is it important to give children a voice?
A brief follow-up on the event. 

November 16, 2017
National Philanthropy Day: innovative and inspiring projects
A report on the fifth edition of the FGM's National Philanthropy day. 

November 01, 2017
National Philanthropy Day: Foundation of Greater Montréal's 5th edition
Sign up today for the Foundation of Greater Montréal's 5th National Philanthropy Day! 

October 06, 2017
Vital Signs week : CFC 2017 National Vital Signs report
As this week saw local community foundations across Canada publish their community-level Vital Signs report, the CFC movement also presented its national Vital Signs report:  Belonging: Exploring connection to community.

October 03, 2017
Press release: The Foundation of Greater Montreal Presents a Unique Portrait of the Reality of the City’s Children
Montreal, October 3, 2017 — The Foundation of Greater Montreal (FGM) is presenting its Vital SignsTM of Greater Montreal’s Children report to the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal today. This unique publication paints a multi-facetted portrait of the issues central to the lives of children in the metropolitan region. 

October 03, 2017
Vital signs 2017 report- Speech by M Yvan Gauthier, president and CEO of the FGM
October 3rd 2017 - Adress delivered by M Yvan Gauthier, President and CEO of the Foundation of Greater Montréal during the revealing of the Vital signs report. 
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October 03, 2017
Vital signs 2017 report- Speech by M Yvan Gauthier, president and CEO of the FGM
October 3rd 2017 - Adress delivered by M Yvan Gauthier, President and CEO of the Foundation of Greater Montréal during the revealing of the Vital signs report. 

September 28, 2017
Message from our CEO
On October 3, 2017, the FGM will be revealing the Vital signs, a report on the vitality of our community. Yvan Gauthier, president and CEO of the Foundation of Greater Montreal (FGM) explains how and why this year’s publication is different from the previous editions.

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July 19, 2017
Action philanthropique dans le cadre du 150e du Canada et du 375e de Montréal
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July 16, 2017
What about the Children of Greater Montréal? Response to Unicef’s Disturbing Report
Montreal - July, 12th 2017 - This past June 15, Unicef’s Report Card 14 revealed the disturbing reality that Canada ranks in the bottom half of industrial nations with respect to child well-being. More specifically, Canada is presently 25th among the world’s 41 wealthy countries, as compared to holding 7th place in 2007.

July 01, 2017
Christiane and Félix Furst Entrust Their Philanthropic Projects to the FGM
The Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) is delighted to announce the creation of a new philanthropic fund aimed at making immediate and measurable solutions possible. More specifically, the Christiane and Félix Furst Foundation Fund will be used to realize such initiatives as athlete sponsorship, the awarding of academic bursaries, and the purchase of medical equipment.

June 14, 2017
The question of the children: a major stake for all Canada and for the FGM.
New UNICEF report entitled Report Card 14: Building the Future, reveals that Canada ranks 25th out of 41 rich nations when it comes to child well-being.

June 14, 2017
The question of the children: a major stake for all Canada and for the FGM.
New UNICEF report entitled Report Card 14: Building the Future, reveals that Canada ranks 25th out of 41 rich nations when it comes to child well-being. Although seven of the indicators improve over time, a largest number decreased. 

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June 14, 2017
A clinic for newcomers in Montréal
FGM celebrates with Médecins du Monde Canada the inauguration of its Clinic for Migrants dedicated to the newcomers in the Greater Montréal. The $25 000 support illustrates the commitment of the Foundation to this mission of which is to look after the most vulnerable people.

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June 14, 2017
Biennale - Montréal urbaine et sociale
The FGM is present at La Biennial - Montreal urban and social event. We approach the tracks of future on the priority stakes in the crossing of the urban and social development: 
- The retention of families 
- The creation and the animation of meeting places
- The new developments and the real estate redevelopments 
- The stakes in travel


June 14, 2017
Welcome Hall Mission celebrates its 125th anniversary
The FGM is happy to support the mission of Welcome Hall Mission which helps the most deprived Montrealers. The $15 000 support, partially allowed to realize the big celebration in the street, to underline its 125th anniversary.

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June 14, 2017
Inauguration of the 1st multifunctional community greenhouse of the metropolis.
Inauguration of the 1st multifunctional community greenhouse of the metropolis. The Quartier nourricier - Centre-Sud is an innovative initiative which will allow the community to take care of the whole cycle of production, to favor the integration of marginalized young people and to favor the sense of belonging. The Foundation of Greater Montréal congratulates the initiators of this project and is happy to offer a $60 000 donation over three years for its realization.

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June 06, 2017
The Children of Greater Montréal at the Heart of the Foundation’s Actions
Montréal, June 5, 2017 — Before an enthusiastic assembly of fund creators, partners and administrators of the Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM), Jean-François de Grandpré, Chair of the Board of Directors, and Yvan Gauthier, FGM President and CEO, unveiled the FGM’s exceptional results for the 2016 fiscal year and announced the Foundation’s main orientation for 2017.

June 06, 2017
The Children of Greater Montréal at the Heart of the Foundation’s Actions
Montréal, June 5, 2017 - Before an enthusiastic assembly of fund creators, partners and administrators of the Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM), Jean-François de Grandpré, Chair of the Board of Directors, and Yvan Gauthier, FGM President and CEO, unveiled the FGM’s exceptional results for the 2016 fiscal year and announced the Foundation’s main orientation for 2017.

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April 10, 2017
New Mécénat Musica Program

As part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary and Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Foundation of Greater Montreal (FGM) is pleased to announce the launch of the Fondation Mécénat Musica’s private matching grant program for cultural organizations to encourage cultural philanthropy with the FGM.

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March 09, 2017



March 07, 2017
The Foundation of Greater Montréal Posts Exceptional Results in 2016: $58.8 Million in Donations Raised and an 8.5% Return on It

Montréal, March 9, 2017 –   The Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) received $58.8 million in gifts during 2016, bringing its net assets to $248 million. Moreover, the FGM’s investment fund posted a return of 8.5% — markedly superior to its reference portfolio set at 6.1%.

 



March 07, 2017



March 07, 2017
The Foundation of Greater Montréal Posts Exceptional Results in 2016: $58.8 Million in Donations Raised and an 8.5% Return on It
Montréal, March 8, 2017 –   The Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) received $58.8 million in gifts during 2016, bringing its net assets to $248 million. Moreover, the FGM’s investment fund posted a return of 8.5% — markedly superior to its reference portfolio set at 6.1%.

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February 28, 2017
The Foundation of Greater Montréal and its even greater ideas
Montréal, March 1st 2017 - In its Spring 2017 issue, the magazine Montréal Centre-Ville (TVA Publications) has decided to publish a long article about the Foundation of Greater Montréal. The publishing team chose the FGM, which embodies for them the values of engagement, of solidarity and sharing which are dear to the heart of Montrealers.


February 07, 2017
Lauching of the Policy on Children for 2017
With this Policy on Children and a stated intention to create a children’s rights movement, Montréal announces its commitment to step up actions and support in all the areas where it may, directly or indirectly, contribute to child development.

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February 07, 2017
Lauching of the Policy on Children for 2017


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November 17, 2016
New $100,000 contribution from HSBC Bank Canada to support life skills, employment and language training for Syrian refugees
(OTTAWA, ON) November 16, 2016 – Community organizations working closely with Syrian refugees in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal will soon be getting a boost thanks to a $100,000 contribution from HSBC Bank Canada (HSBC) to Community Foundations of Canada (CFC).

November 15, 2016
Programme d’aide aux réfugiés syriens
Grâce à un appui financier de la Fondation du Grand Montréal, la Croix-Rouge offrira, entre autres, une aide en matière de transport aux personnes inscrites à des cours de français du ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI). Pour déterminer si vous êtes admissible au programme ou pour télécharger le formulaire de demande d’aide au transport, cliquez ici

November 13, 2016
Foundation of Greater Montréal announces its support for 71 mobilizing projects in 20 districts for 2017!
Montréal. November 14th 2016 – The Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) announced an investment of $1.6M to support 71 community projects as part of Canada’s 150th birthday and Montréal’s 375th birthday. Several of these projects are also supported thanks to the exceptional contribution of $350,000 from Canadian Heritage’s Community Fund for Canada’s 150th in collaboration with Canada’s Community Foundations of Canada.  


November 13, 2016
Foundation of Greater Montréal announces its support for 71 mobilizing projects in 20 districts for 2017!
Montréal. November 14th 2016 – The Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) announced an investment of $1.6M to support 71 community projects as part of Canada’s 150th birthday and Montréal’s 375th birthday. Several of these projects are also supported thanks to the exceptional contribution of $350,000 from Canadian Heritage’s Community Fund for Canada’s 150th in collaboration with Canada’s Community Foundations of Canada.  

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October 23, 2016
4th National Philanthropy Day of the Foundation of Greater Montréal FREE EVENT Contribute to the 2017 Projects!
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October 13, 2016
Food projects build community and bring people together for Canada’s 150th
(OTTAWA, ON) Friday, October 14th, 2016, Laurel Carlton – Community food projects ranging from multicultural markets to revitalized farms to rooftop gardens will bring Canadians together across the country thanks to contributions from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

October 13, 2016
Food projects build community and bring people together for Canada’s 150th

(OTTAWA, ON)  Friday, October 14th, 2016, Laurel Carlton –
Community food projects ranging from multicultural markets to revitalized farms to rooftop gardens will bring Canadians together across the country thanks to contributions from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th. More Details.

October 04, 2016
Arts and culture projects at heart of community engagement for Canada’s 150th
(OTTAWA, ON) - Thursday, September 29th, 2016, Laurel Carlton – A wave of exciting arts and culture projects ranging from painted murals to musical celebrations to theatrical performances will soon engage Canadians in communities across the country thanks to contributions from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

October 04, 2016
2016 Vital Signs reports launch across Canada
Activism, faith and digital connectivity key to community participation and belonging in Canada, says new national Vital Signs report.

October 04, 2016
Arts and culture projects at heart of community engagement for Canada’s 150th

(OTTAWA, ON) - Thursday, September 29th, 2016, Laurel Carlton –
A wave of exciting arts and culture projects ranging from painted murals to musical celebrations to theatrical performances will soon engage Canadians in communities across the country thanks to contributions from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

More details 

October 04, 2016
2016 Vital Signs reports launch across Canada
Activism, faith and digital connectivity key to community participation and belonging in Canada, says new national Vital Signs report.

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September 19, 2016
International Day of Peace


September 19, 2016



August 29, 2016
The Foundation of Greater Montréal Philanthropic Day
The Foundation of Greater Montréal will hold its fourth National Philanthropic Day event on November 15th at the Gesù Theatre from 4 pm till 7:30 pm.

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July 12, 2016
250 community projects were summited to the Foundation of Greater Montréal for its grants program in 2016.
Montreal, Wednesday July 13, 2016 – The Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) has received applications for 250 different projects from charitable and nonprofit organizations based in Greater Montréal, and working in all sectors of society, as part of its grants program for 2016. Around 50 projects will be selected over the coming months by the expert committee at the FGM. Announcement of the final recipients will be made on the FGM website (www.fgmtl.org) in early October.

July 12, 2016
250 community projects were summited to the Foundation of Greater Montréal for its grants program in 2016.
Montreal, Wednesday July 13, 2016 – The Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) has received applications for 250 different projects from charitable and nonprofit organizations based in Greater Montréal, and working in all sectors of society, as part of its grants program for 2016. Around 50 projects will be selected over the coming months by the expert committee at the FGM. Announcement of the final recipients will be made on the FGM website (www.fgmtl.org) in early October.

Read the press release

July 07, 2016



June 27, 2016
CBC/Radio-Canada names Community Foundations of Canada and the 150Alliance as official partners for 2017
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June 19, 2016
Former banker finds fulfillment helping refugees start anew
Published on June 16, 2016 by Susan Schwartz, Montreal Gazette. During his long banking career, Paul Clarke would say his job was to help people’s dreams come true. And now as executive director of Action Réfugiés Montréal, a faith-based charitable organization working on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers, it is his job to “try to make the nightmares go away.”

June 15, 2016
The FGM is proud to recognize the World Refugee Day, on June 20th.
The FGM is proud to recognize the World Refugee Day, on June 20th. Show your solidarity towards refugees of Greater Montréal. Make a donation




June 12, 2016
« Je salue l’atteinte de notre objectif : la parité femmes-hommes au sein de notre conseil d’administration. » M. de Grandpré
Montréal, May 25, 2016 – The recent Annual General Meeting of the Foundation of Greater Montréal ended with a deeply felt tribute to Richard W. Pound, Chair of the Board since 2010. The incoming chair, Jean-François de Grandpré, stated that “Richard W. Pound succeeded in bringing a powerful impetus to the Foundation by maintaining a b and unified team, despite the many challenges encountered in recent years.” Mr. Pound declared that he was “very confident in this passing on the flame and was convinced that the new chair and the new team will maintain the high level of excellence that had been achieved.” Jean-François de Grandpré previously chaired the FGM governance, ethics and nominations committee and is a retired judge of the Superior Court of Québec.

May 26, 2016

Jean-François de Grandpré, Chair of the FGM’s Board of directors Foundation of Greater Montréal 
Montréal, May 25, 2016
 – The recent Annual General Meeting of the Foundation of Greater Montréal ended with a deeply felt tribute to Richard W. Pound, Chair of the Board since 2010.

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May 24, 2016
Diffusion en direct de la session d’information des créateurs de fonds et autres présentations, le mercredi 25 mai
La Fondation du Grand Montréal est heureuse d’annoncer que pour la première fois de son histoire, certains segments de la journée de son assemblée générale annuelle seront retransmis en direct sur Internet aujourd’hui, et ce, grâce aux soins de la coopérative WebTv.


April 19, 2016
The FGM launches a new grant program with support from Canadian Heritage through the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.
Montréal, April 20 – Thanks to outstanding support from Canadian Heritage, the Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) is launching a grant program for projects in the Greater Montréal area that promote stronger ties in the community prior to celebrations in 2017 for the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The new program will distribute a total of $700,000 by funding up to $15,000 per project. Charitable organizations are invited to submit their applications on the FGM website as of today. The last day to apply is May 20, 2016.

April 12, 2016



April 07, 2016
The FGM will provide $750,000 in support for Syrian refugees in Greater Montréal
MONTRÉAL, March 16, 2016 – The Foundation of Greater Montréal announces that it will provide support initially totaling $750,000 in order to enhance the activities of organizations in the Greater Montréal community with respect to Syrian refugees. “The families and communities who – to this point and in a short period of time – have welcomed over 4,210 Syrian refugees face enormous responsibilities,” stated Yvan Gauthier, president and CEO of the Foundation of Greater Montréal. “To meet that challenge, the FGM believes it essential to provide support that complements the efforts of the sponsoring organizations and governments lending a hand to families.”

April 07, 2016
The FGM will provide $750,000 in support for Syrian refugees in Greater Montréal
MONTRÉAL, March 16, 2016 – The Foundation of Greater Montréal announces that it will provide support initially totaling $750,000 in order to enhance the activities of organizations in the Greater Montréal community with respect to Syrian refugees. “The families and communities who – to this point and in a short period of time – have welcomed over 4,210 Syrian refugees face enormous responsibilities,” stated Yvan Gauthier, president and CEO of the Foundation of Greater Montréal. “To meet that challenge, the FGM believes it essential to provide support that complements the efforts of the sponsoring organizations and governments lending a hand to families.”
Read the press release

March 15, 2016
The Syrian refugees need your help
By February 29 of this year, Canada had welcomed 25,000 Syrian refugees—and more than 5,000 of them chose to settle in Quebec. Among those coming to the province, around 4,000 have already chosen to live in Greater Montréal. This is not surprising, because Greater Montréal has the largest Syrian community in Canada. A particular difference, however, is that 90% of the refugees in Quebec are welcomed through private sponsorship—unlike the rest of Canada, where refugees are mainly supported by the State.

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