CDF Press Releases

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Catherine Donnelly Foundation Welcomes New Program Officer

For Immediate Release – March 15, 2017

TORONTO – The Catherine Donnelly Foundation, a charitable grant-making foundation located in Toronto is pleased to be welcoming Anne Mark in the role of Program Officer effective immediately.

Anne  is passionate about social and environmental change. She is excited to be joining the Catherine Donnelly Foundation team to foster the work of organizations across Canada engaging in initiatives to accelerate this change. She has 15 years of progressive experience working in the non-profit sector, much of which was with Planet in Focus – an environmental media arts organization that uses film as a catalyst for public engagement, discussion and action through an annual film festival, touring, and educational programs.

Given her past experience, Anne understands the many challenges and opportunities facing non-profit organizations and looks forward to engaging from a “funding” perspective.

Connect with Anne at: amark@catherinedonnellyfoundation.org

 

For Immediate Release – February 17, 2017

Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action

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Mary Corkery, Board Chair and Valerie Lemieux, General Director were pleased on behalf of the Catherine Donnelly Foundation to finally put “pen to paper” earlier this month. The Declaration is a call to action inviting others to join in moving forward in an atmosphere of understanding, dignity and respect towards the shared goal of reconciliation. The Foundation was pleased to sign electronically in the spring of 2015 and to reaffirm our commitment at a PFC meeting highlighting the history of the Declaration and what further actions the philanthropic community could engage in to further reconciliation in Canada. Thank you to Wanda Brascoupe-Peters from The Circle for this kind invitation.

 

For Immediate Release – December 19, 2016

Catherine Donnelly Foundation Awards $374,000 in Project Funding to 15 Charitable Organizations

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(TORONTO, ON) — The Catherine Donnelly Foundation is pleased to announce its most recent one-year project funding recipients for the 2016 fall grant cycle.

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For Immediate Release – December 2016

 

The Catherine Donnelly Foundation will Invest in Northern Leadership Programming for the Next Three Years

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(TORONTO, ON) — The Catherine Donnelly Foundation (CDF) has recently approved a $60,000 grant over the next three years to a program meant to foster and cultivate a new generation of leaders and community builders in the Yukon, Northwest Territories (NWT) and Nunavut.

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For Immediate Release – December 16, 2016

Catherine Donnelly Foundation Renews Commitment to End Youth Homelessness in Canada

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(TORONTO, ON) — The Catherine Donnelly Foundation (CDF) is pleased to announce a renewed multi-year commitment to the fight against youth homelessness by partnering and working together with A Way Home Canada over the next five years.

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For Immediate Release – December 6, 2016

 The Catherine Donnelly Foundation Presents New Funding Priorities for Housing Stream

TORONTO – The Catherine Donnelly Foundation has just released new funding priorities for applicant organizations interested in applying to its Housing granting stream. For over ten years, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation has been supporting the work of organizations committed to building a more just society across Canada working in three key sectors: Adult Education, Environment, and Housing.

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For Immediate Release – November 22, 2016

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Ground-breaking Social Finance Pilot Assists Unemployed Canadians

OTTAWA — Canada has achieved an important milestone in its commitment to social financing for public good. The Government of Canada, private investors, and colleges and institutes are pushing the boundaries of social innovation and impact investing by implementing the first social finance project of its kind in Canada.

“The Catherine Donnelly Foundation is proud to be a formative part of this innovative venture, which is expanding the frontier of Social Finance in Canada. The Foundation believes a just, sustainable and equitable future is possible if Canadians deliberately wield the power of our capital as a force for good.” – Jason Dudek, Outgoing Board Chair, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation

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For Immediate Release – July 4, 2016

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Ecojustice receives multi-year grant from Catherine Donnelly Foundation

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TORONTO — The Catherine Donnelly Foundation (CDF) has awarded Ecojustice a five-year, $750,000 grant to fund efforts to advance the legal recognition of every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment.

“Charter recognition of our basic human right to a healthy environment will be life-changing for Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast,” said Devon Page, Ecojustice executive director.  “The Catherine Donnelly Foundation’s generous support will help Ecojustice, its partners, and thousands of Canadians shift the conversation around environmental rights in Canada from a question of ‘if’ to ‘when’.”

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For Immediate Release – June 20, 2016

The Catherine Donnelly Foundation Announces New Funding Stream focused on Climate Justice/Climate Change Solutions

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TORONTO – The Catherine Donnelly Foundation is inviting charitable groups across Canada with a commitment to climate justice and climate change solutions, to submit a Letter of Inquiry for our new one-year environment project grants.  The Foundation is calling on organizations making meaningful contributions and impacting public engagement on issues related to climate change.

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For Immediate Release – June 14, 2016

Catherine Donnelly Foundation Grants to provide $ 203,000 to 10 Charitable Organization

TORONTO – The Catherine Donnelly Foundation is announcing its project grant recipients for spring 2016. The grantees represent a range of charitable organizations from across Canada and were thoroughly vetted and approved by Catherine Donnelly Foundation board members and expert advisors. The Foundation continues to live its mission of supporting groups that seek to bring radical social change and empower marginalized communities in Canada. This funding will ensure organizations are able to take on issues that are at the forefront of policy discussions, strengthen ways to bring about solutions and build community support in our strategic program areas.

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CANADIAN FOUNDATIONS JOIN GLOBAL FOSSIL FREE MOVEMENT:

Divest-Invest Philanthropy announces first Canadian members before Environmental Grantmakers’ Network annual meeting

TORONTO, June 7, 2016: Leading Canadian foundations announced today they would divest their portfolios of planet-heating fossil fuels and invest instead in climate solutions. As Canada works to meet its climate change targets, leading foundations are throwing their weight behind the message that the transformation of our energy system is urgent and a great investment opportunity.

Toronto Atmospheric Fund, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation and Comart Foundation became the first Canadian signatories to Divest-Invest Philanthropy, a global alliance of foundations committed to accelerating the clean energy transition.

“Avoiding dangerous climate change requires that foundations, as well as government, private sector, and citizens, invest in low-carbon solutions now,” said Toronto Atmospheric Fund CEO Julia Langer. “Early-adopters have demonstrated that divesting and investing reduces carbon risk to the portfolio, generates financial returns on investment, and achieves carbon reduction.”

150 foundations with over $12 billion in assets have taken the Divest-Invest Pledge. Members agree to drop existing investments in the top 200 fossil fuel companies and invest at least 5 percent of their portfolios into climate solutions, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean technology and clean energy access, within a five-year period.

“The Catherine Donnelly Foundation’s decision to divest from fossil fuels is motivated by a strong financial logic as well as a deep concern for environmental stewardship,” said Donnelly Foundation Chair, Jason Dudek. “As governments and global accords debate various restrictions on the fossil fuel industry, we feel these investments are becoming increasingly risky while the green energy sector continues to demonstrate excellent potential.”

Experts on fiduciary duty say fossil fuel divestment ultimately may be required by law. “Trustees are increasingly expected to look beyond portfolio performance to the intentional management of systemic risks and rewards, reflecting the longer term interests of their beneficiaries. Over time, this will likely become an enforceable obligation,” said Ed Waitzer, Professor and Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair at the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.

Divest-Invest Philanthropy was launched in January 2014 by the Wallace Global Fund to support the wider divestment movement pushing churches, cities, universities, pension funds, insurers and other institutional investors to invest morally in a time of climate change. Today, institutions and individuals pledging some form of divestment control assets of more than $4 trillion.

“The global divest-invest movement was a primary driver of success at the climate talks in Paris last December, where the world’s governments agreed to ambitious action to be carbon-free by mid-century,” said Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UNFCCC. “But governments cannot do it alone; the private and nonprofit sectors also have a critical role to play in shifting markets and accelerating the transition to clean and safe energy. This is business as urgent.”

The movement is catalyzing changes in financial markets, as investors increasingly demand fossil free investment strategies. In Canada, Genus Capital Management has worked with the David Suzuki Foundation, Tides Canada, and Clayoquot Biosphere Trust on tailored divestment strategies.

“As investment community leaders, Canadian foundations and family offices have the power to choose investments that will support a just transition to a low carbon economy and fossil free energy systems,” said Wayne Wachell, CEO of Genus Capital Management. “Genus is proud to be a leading provider of investment tools for Divest-Invest signatories across Canada.”

A global coalition, Divest-Invest Philanthropy includes iconic foundations such as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the Velux Foundations, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, and the Mary Robinson Foundation. In April, 2016, the signatories of Divest-Invest Philanthropy received the 2016 Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Award for Brave Philanthropy from CIVICUS, a global civil society NGO.

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CONTACT:

Clara Vondrich

Director, Divest-Invest Philanthropy

clara@divestinvest.org

Desmond Wilson

Chief Financial Officer

Catherine Donnelly Foundation

dwilson@catherinedonnellyfoundation.org

 

 

Catherine Donnelly Foundation Launches Redesigned Website and Online Grant Application

For Immediate Release – January 11, 2016

TORONTO – The Catherine Donnelly Foundation, a charitable grant-making foundation located in Toronto, has recently launched a redesigned website, as well as an online grant application portal. The Catherine Donnelly Foundation’s website is intended to provide information to prospective and past grantees, sector and foundation partners, and others. The launch of the new website, found at www.catherinedonnellyfoundation.org, offers simple access to information on past Catherine Donnelly Foundation grants, application guidelines and biases, and an overview of the Foundation’s history and founders. The website provides detailed, easy to find information on the functions of the Foundation.

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Catherine Donnelly Foundation to Provide Over $275,000 to 11 Charitable Organizations

For Immediate Release – December 23, 2015

TORONTO – The Catherine Donnelly Foundation is announcing their bi-annual funding round project grant recipients for fall 2015. The grantees represent a range of charitable organizations from across Canada. The projects were thoroughly vetted and approved by Catherine Donnelly Foundation board members and advisors. In keeping with the Foundation’s commitment to social and ecological justice, these one-time grants will address a diverse range of issues, including creating a roadmap for the creation of an Environmental Bill of Rights in Alberta, building a national youth network of social and environmental change agents, and settling refugee claimants in Metro Vancouver.

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A Way Home: New National Coalition Works Together to End Youth Homelessness
 Coalition sets a 10-year mandate to end youth homelessness in Canada

For Immediate Release – October 29, 2015

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – In an unprecedented example of collaboration, six national organizations have come together to commit to one bold goal: putting an end to youth homelessness in Canada. Called A Way Home, the coalition will work collectively to support communities and governments to effectively plan and implement strategies to prevent, reduce and ultimately end this crisis, which currently affects 35-40,000 youth across the country each year.

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Catherine Donnelly Foundation invests in Zooshare Biogas Cooperative

For Immediate Release – April 15, 2015

TORONTO – The Catherine Donnelly Foundation Board recently invested in a $100,000, seven-year Community Bond issued by Zooshare Biogas Cooperative (www.zooshare.ca).
The funds being raised will assist in the development of a 500kW electricity generation facility at the Toronto Zoo. This is a $6 million project to construct North America’s first zoo-based biogas plant including a primary digester, two storage tanks and a generator connected to the local distribution grid and sold to the Ontario Power Authority. Fuel for the plant is 14,000 tonnes of inedible food waste from a major grocery retailer and 3,000 tonnes of animal manure from the zoo.
Considered complementary to the Foundation’s environmental focus, this attractive waste recycling, sustainable energy project is in keeping with the Foundation’s commitment to seek out companies investing in renewable energy, other low-carbon fuel sources, energy efficiency and other environmental initiatives that otherwise satisfy the Foundation’s investment quality standards.
For more information contact: Desmond Wilson, Director of Finance dwilson@catherinedonnellyfoundation.org

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Catherine Donnelly Foundation celebrates Global Divestment Day

For Immediate Release – February 10, 2015

TORONTO – February 13th and 14th 2015 mark the first Global Divestment Day, an international day of collective action for the divestment from fossil fuels. The Catherine Donnelly Foundation is proud to participate as the first Canadian charitable foundation to publicly divest from fossil fuels. In late 2014, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation (CDF) Board unanimously agreed that it would no longer hold investments in any of the 200 global, publicly-traded companies with the largest coal, oil and gas reserves as listed in the Carbon Tracker Initiative’s “Unburnable Carbon” report. The CDF is happy to announce that, as of February 13th 2015, it has completed its divestment of the aforementioned companies.

The Foundation believes the growing green energy sector presents an excellent alternative to oil and gas investments, and will be seeking out companies investing in renewable energy, other low-carbon fuel sources and energy efficiency that satisfy the CDF’s rigorous investment quality standards. CDF has recently added several alternative energy companies, purchased in the traditional financial markets, to its portfolio (representing approximately 5% of the Foundation’s portfolio at this time). The CDF Board has also allocated 10% of the Foundation’s portfolio for impact investing, where the Foundation is looking to invest privately into corporations that will directly and profitably further its charitable purposes. In April 2014, the Foundation took its first step with a bond purchase in an Ontario solar power cooperative, Solar Share.

Jason Dudek, Chair of the Foundation, stressed that

“the Catherine Donnelly Foundation’s decision to divest from Fossil Fuels is motivated by a strong financial logic as well as a deep concern for environmental stewardship. We believe that governments, markets and the Fossil Fuel industry itself will soon have to face the ramifications of ever-intensifying climate change. As governments and global accords debate various restrictions on the Fossil Fuel industry, we feel these investments are becoming increasingly risky while the green energy sector continues to demonstrate excellent potential.”

For more information contact: Desmond Wilson, Director of Finance dwilson@catherinedonnellyfoundation.org

Catherine Donnelly Foundation to Divest of Fossil Fuels Investments

For Immediate Release – December 9, 2014

TORONTO – At a recent meeting, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation Board unanimously agreed that it would no longer make direct investments in any of the 200 global, publicly-traded companies with the largest coal, oil and gas reserves as listed in the Carbon Tracker Initiative’s “Unburnable Carbon” report.

In keeping with its commitment to stewardship and ecological and social justice, the Foundation will seek out companies investing in renewable energy, other low-carbon fuel sources, energy efficiency and other environmental initiatives that otherwise satisfy the Foundation’s investment quality standards.

While the Foundation has used an engagement approach in the past, the board determined that a “business as usual” approach is not sustainable and that divestment is the best strategy to break the stalemate on climate action.

Jason Dudek, the newly elected Chair of the Foundation, said that

“the Catherine Donnelly Foundation’s decision to divest from Fossil Fuels is motivated by a strong financial logic as well as a deep concern for environmental stewardship. We believe that governments, markets and the Fossil Fuel industry itself will soon have to face the ramifications of ever-intensifying climate change. As governments and global accords debate various restrictions on the Fossil Fuel industry, we feel these investments are becoming increasingly risky while the green energy sector continues to demonstrate excellent potential. The Catherine Donnelly Foundation views environmental sustainability as a key financial consideration and we hope others join us in this enlightened investment logic.”

At a time when humanity continues to add CO2 emissions to the atmosphere at unsustainable levels, it is appropriate that the Foundation adds its name to the divestment movement.

For more information contact: Desmond Wilson, Director of Finance dwilson@catherinedonnellyfoundation.org

CDF Wins AFP Award for Outstanding Foundation

CDF Wins AFP Award for Outstanding Foundation

The Catherine Donnelly Foundation is honoured to have been chosen as the 2013 recipient of the AFP Award for Outstanding Foundation. The Foundation is committed to serving those most in need by sharing our resources, by choosing to be part of the great work of transformation taking place in our time.

The foundation would also like to congratulate David Love for receiving the 2013 AFP Lifetime Achievement Award. David has been an inspiration to his fellow board directors at the Catherine Donnelly Foundation

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