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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 09, 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 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.

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%.

 



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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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 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.  


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 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.

September 19, 2016
International Day of Peace


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.

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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 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 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.

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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.”

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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