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Adult Education Advancement Initiatives

The Foundation will consider applications from groups and organizations that use adult education processes that promote justice and equity for New Canadians, especially refugees and migrant workers, Indigenous peoples and other marginalized or excluded populations.

Adult Education & Learning Values & Objectives

The Catherine Donnelly Foundation takes a proactive approach to adult education, viewing it as an important tool to address the most pressing social, environmental, cultural and community development problems and concerns today. We are committed to supporting projects that promote active citizenship, democracy, personal and social transformation by fostering the development of critical consciousness and skills required to promote a more just, equitable and sustainable society in Canada.

The Foundation will support projects that use adult education processes to:

We look for participatory adult education processes in which:

The Catherine Donnelly Foundation builds on the adult education traditions of Fr. Moses Coady (, Paulo Freire (, and Myles Horton (

The Foundation supports the significant role that faith can have in motivating and sustaining social action for change. As a result, it will also consider projects that draw upon religious and spiritual traditions in support of adult education for social change such as work for peace, human rights, equity and social justice. Such projects could take place within a specific faith community, multi-faith or secular context.

Please note that the Catherine Donnelly Foundation does NOT fund:

The Foundation also does NOT fund projects that solely focus on:

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The Catherine Donnelly Foundation's work extends to regions across Canada, and we acknowledge the treaty rights and the unceded Aboriginal rights and title of Indigenous people throughout Turtle Island.